“What say you Mary? For you are a young lady of deep reflection and I know, and read great books and make extracts. ” •MARY CHOOSES TO MORALISE THINGS AS OPPOSE TO BEING CRITICAL OF THEM LIKE Elizabeth is – Elizabeth reflects and makes a judgement on things •MARY DOESN’T HAVE THE ABILITY TO REFLECT – LIMITATIONS OF THE SUPERFICIAL VALUE OF education for women “Mary wished to say something very sensible but knew not how. ” •IN CONTRAST TO ELIZABETH, MARY IS NOT AS OPINIONATED AND DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO speak her opinion P317 “Unhappy as the event must be for Lydia, we may draw from it this useful lesson;
that loss….. with such kind of moral extractions from the evil before them. ” •MARY HAS A STRONG DISAPPROVAL OF LYDIA’S DECISIONS AND BEHAVIOUR AS IT GOES against what is expected of women •MARY HAS THE SAME SOCIETAL VALUES AS OPPRESSED WOMEN AND REALISES THE importance of marriage but doesn’t know how to go about it How do these quotations reflect the ideals for women (dictated by F. S and Rousseau? What comment is Austen making about her society & the importance of women’s education & moral development?
•AUSTEN IS PORTRAYING A TYPE OF WOMEN THAT USES LITERATURE AS A FORM OF guidance instead of using it for moral development and personal reflection Links to Regency Thinkers Enlightenment thinking – the value of human experience as the foundation of human understanding of truth – Mary rejects the value of human experience by not engaging herself into life by reflecting on her reading – Although she strongly believes in the importance of education Rousseau – As Mary believes and follows the social conventions of the Regency Period, she too was a believer in moral superiority of the patriarchal family Hester Capone.