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pride and prejudiceDo you think that the book by Jane Austen, pride and prejudice,...

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fa6ma | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 25, 2012 at 11:31 PM via web

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pride and prejudice

Do you think that the book by Jane Austen, pride and prejudice, reflects the way we behave inArabia?


Pride and Prejudice, is a book written by Jane Austen which was set in the early eighteen hundreds inEngland. It’s a book which, in my opinion, reveals the strict moral code which the people of that time lived by, and which we follow inArabia.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 26, 2012 at 1:01 AM (Answer #2)

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I think that many cultures today, especially Muslim cultures, do follow a strict moral code.  There are some similarities to Arabia.  For example, women were considered pretty much property in Victorian England.  Families advanced in society through marriage.  In Arabia, this is still common.  It depends, of course, on the family.  Some families are more modern, especially if they have been influenced by western cultures that have a very different opinion of women and marriage.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 26, 2012 at 2:22 AM (Answer #3)

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You would be the best judge of that! What aspects of life, as reflected in the novel, most closely resemble life in Arabia? Are there rules of behavior in social settings? Is inheritance only through the male heir? Do you marry for love? Do you marry for social comfort? What are the options for women who don't ever marry? Do mother's and father's interfere in their children's lives? How much freedom to women have to travel and sight see? What are different expectations of different social classes? Once you answer those kinds of questions you could probably create a very interesting argument one way or the other.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 26, 2012 at 11:29 PM (Answer #4)

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There could certainly be some aspects of the novel which are still present in many societies today.  The idea of an arranged marriage, for instance, is still very popular in many countries.  The strict moral code of conduct is also still present today.  Of course, many cultures have a slightly different set of rules, but the general idea and the rigidity of that code is still present.  While there are many aspects that are particular to the time period of the novel, there could certainly be many parallels to modern life in some countries today. 

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