A Feminist Examination of Pride and Prejudice
... Cultural Critic creating a Cast of Critics: Using a Feminist Literary Lens to Investigate the Role of Satire in Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice “One is not born, one rather becomes a woman.”
- Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex
One of the most pervasive myths in society is that gender differences are universal, fixed, and unchanging. This myth has been created, legitimized, and crystallized through the power of the pen. The writing of history, as well as the writing of stories, has served to transform the female stereotype into the female archetype, in which “contemporary industrial society’s version of her is docile, soft, passive, nurturant, vulnerable, weak, narcissistic, childlike, incompet...