How does the norms of society affect the choices of marriage in early 19th century after the Industrial revolution?

Adanalı, Göksu (2012) How does the norms of society affect the choices of marriage in early 19th century after the Industrial revolution? Other thesis, TED Ankara College Foundation High School.

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Throughout history, women have been considered as second-class members. Not only they didn’t have any rights equal to men’s, they have been socioeconomically abused. This abuse mainly caused by women’s lack of presence in working fields. Industry is affected by the world’s changes more than any other field, whoever was leading it, had the power. Women’s job was considered to get married and take care of their houses so “in consequence there may have been relatively fewer opportunities and in particular married women to work in a part-time, casual or occasional fashion by the mid 19th century and it is therefore possibly that many women increasingly faced the stark alternatives of working full-time or not working at all.”1 After industrial revolution, women were treated as properties to be sold in exchange of money or social statue, preferably both because that seemed to be all of their use. Earning profit from marriage arrangements became a phenomenon in 19th century. The only way for a woman to achieve a high quality life was to get married; thus when it came to pick their husbands, women needed to put their feelings aside and got married to the man who could offer financial security. Men also had a materialistic approach towards marriage and they majorly considered marriage as a formality to satisfy the needs of the society. Society was cruel; they demanded sensationalistic marriages between suitable women and suitable men. Many times, women needed to pick the wealthiest men instead of the one they loved, and due to the norms of the society it was perfectly normal for a woman to get married to men they weren’t attracted at all. Women looked for high social statue and wealth in men. Mostly, when they got married, they weren’t attracted to their suitable husbands at all, so those marriages mostly led to miserable lives. 19th century writers Jane Austen and Emily Bronte criticize women’s marriage choices that the society norms demand from individuals in their novels and they defended that the only way to be happy in one’s life is to be with the one they love even if the society wouldn’t approve it.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Additional Information: Supervisor: Courtney Susan Shropshire, IB Notu: C
Uncontrolled Keywords: Industrial revolution, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Depositing User: Kamil Çömlekçi
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2012 09:18
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2019 11:48

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