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Fallible Fathers in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park and Pride and Prejudice
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Ofullkomliga Fäder i Jane Austens Mansfield Park och Pride and Prejudice (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Using Mansfield Park and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, this essay will show how Sir Thomas and Mr Bennet fail in their role as fathers, related to expectations in the social context, and how their failure is necessary for the eventual marriages of the heroines, Fanny Price and Elizabeth Bennet. The fathers’ failure also leads to the elopement of Maria Bertram and Lydia Bennet. Sir Thomas and Mr Bennet’s failure is the result that comes from their need to counteract the overindulgence of Mrs Norris and Mrs Bennet. Judith Butler’s theory of gender performance will be used in this essay to show how Sir Thomas and Mr Bennet do not conform to their gender, as is shown through their repeated actions in the novels. The gender performance of these characters reveals the need for fluid gender roles for the happy ending. 

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2019. , p. 21
Keywords [en]
Gender Performance, Jane Austen, Fathers, Mansfield Park, Pride and Prejudice
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-160160OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-160160DiVA, id: diva2:1324705
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Engelska, examensarbete för kandidatexamen
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Available from: 2019-06-14 Created: 2019-06-14 Last updated: 2019-06-14Bibliographically approved

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