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This essay examines the male characters of Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice to illustrate occurring concepts of masculinity and to establish the characteristics of the ideal man as presented by Austen in these two novels. The focus of the study is on the young bachelors in their capacity as suitors and potential husbands, but attention is also paid to the role of fathers. Throughout the essay, expectations, conventions and restrictions of the nineteenth century society are considered. In the first chapter, the male characters and perceived male ideals are observed within the parameters of appearance and conduct in social interactions. The second chapter discusses the role and duties of fathers, concentrating on the two prominent father figures and their interactions with their daughters. In the third chapter, the male characters’ level and quality of education and intelligence, and their significance in forming masculine ideals, are assessed. Finally, the essay examines how the backdrop of wartime ties into Austen’s constructions of masculinity by exploring the characterisation of George Wickham as a member of the army and Captain Wentworth as a navy officer. As these two novels have an almost entirely female perspective, emphasis is placed on the male characters’ interactions with women and the female characters’ perceptions of manhood and male ideals.
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