The novels of Jane Austen give Us a glimpse of the world of women in rural society of Britain in the 18 th to the early 19 th century. Her plot though fundamentally comic, highlight the dependence of women on marriage to secure social standing and economic security. It was the society which encouraged women to look for good marriage and find rich and wealthy husbands.
Jane Austen’s major preoccupation was with the fate of women in the society of her time. Austen’s heroines were intelligent, they exercised reasons, they were held in high esteem by the men whom they loved, who loved them and whom they married. In her novels women were sympathetically and rationally portrayed in Britain.