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by Jane Austen

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What is the setting in Pride and Prejudice, and what is its importance?

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Pride and Prejudice is set in England roughly around the year 1800, and this setting is significant, especially for the young women in the novel.

In this setting, women could not own property in their own right. Because Mr. Bennet produced all daughters, he cannot rely on a son to take control of his property upon his death and to take care of his daughters. Instead, Mr. Bennet has to bequeath all property to a male, and he has chosen Mr. Collins. This drives much of the action in the novel, as Mrs. Bennet is tasked with finding respectable places in society for each of her daughters in order to ensure they will be taken care of and not left penniless.

Social expectations are also evident in the various settings in the novel. Mrs. Bennet did not originate from a wealthy family, and she has nothing to offer her girls via family connections. Therefore, she must look outside her household for resources.

At Netherfield, the reader learns more about the social traditions and expectations of the...

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