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Volume 7 Issue 8

January 2015

Elizabeth Bennet - A New Woman in the Making?
Ms. Keka Das, 
Assistant Professor and Head, 
Department of English, 
Vidyasagar College for Women, 
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
The kaleidoscopic world of literature has been peopled by intriguing women characters down the ages. Strong-willed and pliable, determined yet impulsive, charismatic yet coquettish, mentally strong yet emotionally vulnerable, she has been an oxymoronic paragon of all creations of God. Jane Austen, an eminent woman novelist of the Romantic period, upholds miniscule social realities in her novels, yet the oeuvre of her characters, especially women characters, is both varied and memorable. For the purpose of closer literary dissection on the premise of George Bernard Shaw’s concept of ‘New’ and ‘Emancipated’ Woman (highly individualistic women who believe in living life on their own terms, banking solely on personal skill and talent), the researcher has zeroed in on Elizabeth Bennet, the ‘delightful’ heroine of Austen’s celebrated novel, Pride and Prejudice and try to gauge how far can Elizabeth Bennet be regarded as a ‘New Woman’ in the making.
Elizabeth Bennet; New Woman; Pride and Prejudice; Jane Austen.
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