Social roles assigned to men and women


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Social roles assigned to men and women

  1. 1. Social Roles Assigned to Men and Women in Persuasion
  2. 2. That Lady Russell, of st eady age and char act er , and ext r emely well pr ovided f or , should have no t hought of a second mar r iage, needs no apology t o t he public, which is r at her apt t o be unr easonably discont ent ed when a woman does mar r y again, t han when she does not ; but Sir Walt er ’s cont inuing in singleness r equir es explanat ion. Be it known t hen, t hat Sir Walt er , like a good f at her , (having met wit h one or t wo pr ivat e disappoint ment s in ver y unr easonable applicat ions), pr ided himself on r emaining single f or his dear daught er s’ sake. ( vol.1- 4)
  3. 3. Elizabet h did not quit e equal her f at her in per sonal cont ent ment . Thir t een year s had seen her mist r ess of Kellynch Hall, pr esiding and dir ect ing wit h a self possession and decision which could never have given t he idea of her being younger t han she was. For t hir t een year s had she been doing t he honour s, and laying down t he domest ic law at home,( . . .) ( vol.1- 5 )
  4. 4. This was t he pr inciple on which Anne want ed her f at her t o be pr oceeding, his f r iends t o be ur ging him. She consider ed it as an act of indispensable dut y t o clear away t he claims of cr edit or s wit h all t he expedit ion which t he most compr ehensive r et r enchment s could secur e, and saw no dignit y in anyt hing shor t of it . She want ed it t o be pr escr ibed, and f elt as a dut y. She r at ed Lady Russell’s inf luence highly; and as t o t he sever e degr ee of self -denial which her own conscience pr ompt ed, she believed t her e might be lit t le mor e dif f icult y I n per suading t hem t o a complet e, t han t o half a r ef or mat ion. ( vol I – Ch.2- 10)
  5. 5. The Mr Musgr oves had t heir own game t o guar d, and t o dest r oy, t heir own hor ses, dogs, and newspaper s t o engage t hem, and t he f emales wer e f ully occupied in all t he ot her common subj ect s of housekeeping, neighbour s, dr ess, dancing, and music. She acknowledged it t o be ver y f it t ing, t hat ever y lit t le social commonwealt h should dict at e it s own mat t er s of discour se; ( . . . ) ( Vol I - Ch.6 – 31)
  6. 6. He had ver y good spir it s, which never seemed much af f ect ed by his wif e’s occasional lowness, bor e wit h her unr easonableness somet imes t o Anne’s admir at ion, (. . .) . ( Vol I Ch.6- 32)
  7. 7. This was quit e a f emale case, and it would be highly absur d in him, who could be of no use at home, t o shut himself up. I dar e say we shall have not hing t o dist r ess us. I per f ect ly under st and Mr Robinson’s dir ect ions, and have no f ear s; and indeed, Mar y, I cannot wonder at your husband. Nur sing does not belong t o a man; it is not his pr ovince. A sick child is always t he mot her ’s pr oper t y: her own f eelings gener ally make it so.” (Vol I – Ch. 7 –42-43)
  8. 8. “And she,” said Mrs Smith, “besides nursing me most admirably, has really proved an invaluable acquaintance. As soon as I could use my hands she taught me to knit, which has been a great amusement; and she put me in the way of making these little thread-cases, pincushions and card-racks, which you always find me so busy about, and which supply me with the means of doing a little good to one or two very poor families in this neighbourhood. (Vol II – Ch. 5 – 119)
  9. 9. “My dear Mrs Smith, Mr Elliot’s wife has no t been dead much above half a year. He ought not to be supposed to be paying his addresses to any one.” (Vol II – Ch. 9 – 154)
  10. 10. Mrs Smith hesitated a little here. “Oh! Those things are too common. When one lives in the world, a man or woman’s marrying for money is too common to strike one as it ought. (Vol II – Ch. 9 – 158)
  11. 11. “ Yes, dear ma’am,” said Mr s Cr of t , “or an uncer t ain engagement , an engagement which may be long. To begin wit hout knowing t hat at such a t ime t her e will be t he means of mar r ying, I hold t o be ver y unsaf e and unwise, and what I t hink all par ent s should pr event as f ar as t hey can.” (Vol I I – Ch. 11 – 181)
  12. 12. I f I was wr ong in yielding t o per suasion once, r emember t hat it was t o per suasion exer t ed on t he side of saf et y, not of r isk. When I yielded, I t hought it was t o dut y, but no dut y could be called in aid her e. I n mar r ying a man indif f er ent t o me, all r isk would have been incur r ed, and all dut y violat ed.” (Vol I I – Ch. 11 – 192)
  13. 13. She glor ied in being a sailor ’s wif e, but she must pay t he t ax of quick alar m f or belonging t o t hat pr of ession which is, if possible, mor e dist inguished in it s domest ic vir t ues t han in it s nat ional impor t ance. (Vol I I – Ch. 12 – 199)
  14. 14. Works Cited Austen, Jane. Persuasion. Wordsworth Classics, 8B East Street, Ware, Hertfordshire, 1993.
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