a modern day love story: prince william and kate middleton why has this match fascinated the public?
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A modern day love story: Prince William and Kate MiddletonWhy has this match fascinated the public?
Society is still interested in many of the same things, the same universal themes : Interest in royalty, people with statusA rich eligible bachelor Marriage Evaluating the worth of others Kate Middletons mother may have been a cause of the split with Prince William.various newspapers reported that multiple social faux pas committed by Middletons motherdid nothing to endear her to the future kings friends and familyreports suggest that Williams inner circle did not believe her to be sufficiently upper class (peopledaily.com)
Austen began writing First Impressions in 1796P & P is published in 1813Transitional period, straddles two centuries
Setting: rural county in Southern EnglandCharacter variety: social, educational and economic statuses Satire, comedy of manners, comedy of errors
1789: Fall of Bastille: uprising of lower class against societal institutions1792: Mary Wollstonecraft published A Vindication of the Rights of Woman to persuade women to endeavor to acquire strength, both of mind and body, and to convince them that the soft phrases, susceptibility of the heart, delicacy of sentiment and refinement of taste are almost synonymous with epithets of weakness 1793: Reign of Terror begins 1794: Austens cousin in law beheaded1813: Pride and Prejudice published
The Industrial Revolution: opportunities resulted in a more influential middle class Revolutionary for individual rightsRise of the novel, larger middle class, increase in literacy among women, servants and middle class
18TH AND 19TH CENTURY TODAY Aristocracy: nobility Gentry: upper middle classTrade: middle class
The novelist, and especially Jane Austen, always cares [about social class] because it is the business of the novel to represent people - not exclusively, but prominently - in their social roles, and to be precise about the differences between them.Austen goes in for fine distinctions, whether between degrees of quality of mind in her characters or the fine shades of difference in their social standing. But to say so much is not to contend that she approved of the bastions of privilege in her very hierarchical society, or resisted the changes towards freer movement between the classes that she saw happening around her.Austen was no snob, though she knew all about snobbery. - Scholar Juliet McMaster
Social etiquette: rude behavior is unacceptable, scrutinizedPeople who ignore or misinterpret social expectations are viewed as ridiculous, ignorant Those who observe social protocol are sensible, well-bred, and classyLook for Austens suggestions of social laws that need revising
Especially important for an 18th century womanThere was an emphasis on men and women to marry well and to marry a reputable partner, thus there are requirements for eligible marriage partners for upper classes.Requirements included?Marital Expectations included? How are Austens view towards marriage revealed? Satirical vs. hopeful?
Challenges?Opportunities? Limitations?Legal rights?
Economic dependence: women dont inherit anything from their families Limited employment opportunities
What happens to an unmarried women whose father dies?To what degree is obsession with wealthy suitors understandable and acceptable in this society? Consider a feminist reading of this book
To limit the passage of an estate to a specified line of heirs, preferably male relatives A predetermined order of succession where ones (a mans) property goes to next male relative Think of the succession to the throne in the British Monarchy: men inherit over womenMr. Bingley, Bennet family, Mr. DarcyWho has an estate?
Great Grandpa BennettI I Grandpa Bennet Great Aunt Bennet I IOur Mr. Bennet Mr. Collins II ------------------------------------------------------- I IIII JaneElizabeth Mary Kitty Lydia
1. Prince Charles of Wales2. Prince William of Wales3. Prince Harry of Wales4. Andrew Windsor: The Duke of York 5. - Princess Beatrice of York* 6. - Princess Eugenie of York* 7. Edward Windsor: The Earl of Wessex8. Anne Laurence: The Princess Royal 9. Peter Phillips10. Zara Phillips
* Eligible is their fathers inherit, but if not? Virtually impossible