Status in the 1800s
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The 3 broad categories of social status:
Family whose status is assured by landownership. (The government)
2. The Middle Classes
Tradesmen, and people who made money by working. Some of these members were wealthier than the gentry, but their status was still lower.
3. The Lower Classes
Artisans, and almost half are considered to be poor.
The right of being the first born child. You inherit land and other materials. You are always the eldest son. This relates to today because the first born child doesn't get everything.
An inheritance law that the father's property went to the nearest male relative. This is similar to primogeniture. It relates to today's world because even today, most things are inherited to your immediate family.
The act of advancing to a higher position in office. It relates to today's world as well because even today, everyone is trying to constantly improve their social status.
Influence of historical events and cultural elements on novel:
Because daughters of gentry would only marry people from the gentry, keeping women in their own social classes, which could have implications in the book because the relationship between the main character and her fiancé would be forced and not true. Marrying out of your class was out of the question.