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The Makioka Sisters v. Pride and Prejudice


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Western Michigan University
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Engl 3130 - Asian Literature

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Lehman 1 Taylor Lehman Dr Beth Bradburn English 3130 1 March 2018 Love or Money While reading both The Makioka Sisters and Pride and Prejudice there were some obvious similarities and differences between them First and foremost the family attempted to arrange marriages for the women to suitors based on their birth order Second of all the suitors had to come from a wealthy family in order to marry the women in question Third the distinction in class between the women and their suitors caused tension between them throughout the novel Finally some of the women s personalities had both some parallels and gaps between them When exploring the major themes of marriage wealth class and characteristics throughout The Makioka Sisters they generate insights and interpretations in a near similar fashion as Pride and Prejudice One of the major themes that occurred in both The Makioka Sisters and Pride and Prejudice was the marriage by birth order For one the family members in both novels attempted to arrange marriages for the unmarried women to suitors of higher social and economic class Although the family members showed a lack of concern for the women s happiness they turned every single suitor away Secondly both Tsuruko and Jane were the eldest women in the household who married rich suitors Tatsuo and Bingley respectively Not only did they both marry for wealth but they also married for love Finally the youngest women Yukiko Taeko Kitty and Lydia remained unmarried at the beginning of both novels Given their rebellious nature they eventually found suitors that were not of higher social and economic class despite Lehman 2 their family s disapproval In the end they chose happiness and love over money and power leading the reader to look at some of the variations within the marriages by birth order between both novels Although marriage by birth order in The Makioka Sisters played out in a similar fashion as Pride and Prejudice there were some noticeable differences between them



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