Being women in a men's society. What Jane Austen taught us

Being women in a men's society. What Jane Austen taught us

He fought his feminist battles silently. Through its characters

It is useless to deny it, the happy ending with the Prince Charming is something that we have always wanted. It will be the fault of the romance novels or the Disney cartoons that have accompanied us since our childhood but it is since we were little that in our hearts we have wished for a "happy and happy" ending.

Growing up we had to learn that reality was very different, that no one would save us and that to be happy we would never have to rely on a man because first of all we must be free and independent women. But Jane Austen gave us the happy ending, the protagonists in fact found love and even a husband.

If we know the epilogue of her stories, what we don't know perhaps is that the writer was a true feminist. Born December 16, 1775, Jane taught us to be women in a men's society, exactly the one she grew up in.

On June 13, 1908, more than 10,000 women marched peacefully on the streets of London to make their rights prevail. Jane Austen's name for suffragettes was a true symbol of freedom. The author of Reason and sentiment was the ideal feminist, she who had been a rebel disguised within a male-dominated society, without ever renouncing her being a woman.

Jane lived between 1700 and 1800, in a historical period where it was unthinkable that women could have a different destiny than that imposed by men. Perfect housewives, mothers and wives. Austenian literature is made up of English countryside, steaming cups, sumptuous dances in the house but also of small silent rebellions told by the protagonists through missed marriages, situations of intolerance and inner dialogues.

His silent battle against women's rights is so evident precisely in the opening of Pride is prejudice: "It is now well known that a bachelor in possession of a showy heritage needs only a wife. This truth is so deeply rooted in the minds of most families that when a young bachelor joins the neighborhood – even before having the farthest scent of what his feelings may be about it – he is immediately regarded as legitimate property. of one or the other of their daughters. "

However, marriage remains the centerpiece of all his stories because it was unthinkable for a woman of the time not to get married. Yet Jane, just like Lizzie of Pride and Prejudice, chose not to get married only for financial interest. He chose to remain single and dedicate his life to writing.

And her sense of freedom, that which had not been granted to him to the point that in life he never saw his name published in his works, transmitted it to the heroines of his novels.

Two centuries have passed since the birth of Jane Austen and yet her story still makes her the most read and loved feminist writer ever.

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