You never get a second chance at a "first impression"; unless you're told by a book how to make that impression. Pride and Prejudice is an extremely clever piece of literature written by Jane Austin in the early sass. She pokes fun at the times and criticizes the odd qualities which made this time period unique. Today, many of the viewpoints made in this book have remained the same, and some have developed and stretched as ideas.
Statute's take on conduct books for example sparked interest in her readers and people around the world. Isn't it odd to think that a book written on how girls are to act was written by men? Women were not viewed equally as men and were constantly instructed on how to conduct themselves. They were once thought of as props, fragile beings, and insignificant in many circumstances. They were not to take part in any physical activity, this was viewed as unattractive. They were expected to be advanced on instruments such as the piano or violin, sing, once, and write poetry.
Amiability and beauty were the basics of what men looked for in searching for a partner. Due to entailment, women had no choice but to basically throw themselves at any single man. (The richer and more well connected the better. ) Conduct books like Force's Sermons taught women how to walk, talk, sit, dress, and behave, as if they were completely clueless and Individuality was non- existent. Reading these books on how to live life properly, made living life restricted and expected.
Many women (aka Mary Bennett and Charlotte Lucas) were not their own people, because they did as someone else/something else Instructed them at all times. They were not sincere; they were careful and plain. Men could do as they pleased, and often chose a wife from among a sea of girls, all 'vying for attention. Men had "superiority', or so they thought. Even today this feeling of rank still exists; maybe In a less severe way though since men and women are equal now. One good credit to the guys, Is that nowadays they do want women to feel beautiful.
They want o like you for you, and wouldn't be with you If they didn't like you. In the conduct books created by my classmates, many similar stand points reigned throughout them all. Very often euphemisms were used to less harshly embarrass or make fun of someone/something. This made what was said seem less hurtful or rude, thus In people's minds, It was okay. Very often, this added a comical aspect to all the books and made reading them much more enjoyable. A big change from "Statute's book" to the "modern book" was that nowadays women are expected to be physically fit.
The male of today In the guy's eyes should be skinny, but not too skinny, toned, but not be more fit than the male. No surprise that every book related to the fact that beauty Is Important. The modern conduct books often showed very specific visual lad on how women were to look. Another change, was that women gained more self-esteem and significance. Men want women to feel good about themselves, even though they are humorous, and always in a good mood. No one wants a complainer. Another change is what women are to wear.
The evolution of dress has obviously developed. In Statute's book and in that time period, clothing covered almost a women's entire body, and that was thought of as modest. In the modern book, less is better is the motto of men. They want revealing, tight, and inappropriate clothing. Basically, what her father would not want her wearing. This is meant to show off the physically fit physique of a women, and make a visual spectacle for men. Go boys. No matter what the time period, people will always want what's most likely unrealistic or unattainable.
Whether instructions in a nineteenth century conduct book or ideals n a twenty-first century conduct book we are constantly instructed on how other people want us to act. From Jane Statute's critiques on conduct books for women, to the modern conduct books created by my peers, there were a range of instructions on how a women is to behave. There were significant changes between the two books, but some key points remained the same throughout. No surprise men still think they can tell women what to do. It's alright, men are fops, and hopefully maturity makes them see the error of their ways.