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Pride and Prejudice on Marriage

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Pride and Prejudice on Marriage The first sentence in Pride and Prejudice is: 'It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.' There is quite some irony in this introduction on marriage. The sentence sounds very logical saying that we need to look for rich husbands in order to be stable in life. Two marriages have taken place in the novel, those of the Bennets and that of the Gardiners. By the end of the novel, four other marriages have taken place; Lydia with Wickham, Charlotte with Mr Collins, Elizabeth with Darcy, and Jane with Bingley. Mr and Mrs Bennet, who we are introduced to as the first married couple, are married for 23 years. Their relation together is not as close as married couples are expected to be nowadays. There is almost no communication between them. Marriage in Jane Austen's society marriage is the status all the women strive to achieve. Money and looks are essential for a good marriage, youthfulness also counts. If a woman never got married, because of lacking money or looks, she would go and live with a married sister or brother. ...read more.


The marriage between Lydia and Mr Wickham happened very much because of immature actions of the two. Lydia was a very social girl but very immature at the same time. Wickham is a man that loves money. He had first tried to run away with Georgina who inherited a big amount of money. Lydia believes that he wants to run away with her but took advantage of her. They finally got married because of Mr Darcy who took care of all the financial arrangements. Their marriage did not start very happily and I believe with little money it did not get any happier after the marriage. Jane Austen shows how money at that time is one of the most important things for stability. Unlike the marriage between Lydia and Wickham the marriage of Mr Bingley and Jane is based on love and respect. She does not look for money in a husband but she looks for love. Mr Bingley is very easygoing and is influenced very easily. They both see well in everyone and Mr Bennet said that he was scared for people to take advantage of their innocent characters. ...read more.


Shortly after Lydia and Wickham's departure Mr Bingley arrives in Netherfield, and so visits the Bennets accompanied by Mr Darcy. Mr Darcy's behaviour is more reserved. They are both invited to dine at Longbourn and Elizabeth is puzzled by Darcy's behaviour, as he is polite but quite and distant. When Mr Darcy returns to London Elizabeth's hopes fall, she feels he will not propose again. Lady Catherine scared the marriage is going to happen tells Elizabeth she has not enough connections and her family was just involved in a scandal so therefore is not good enough for Mr Darcy. Elizabeth does not promise her anything and stays polite all the time even though Lady Catherine gets very rude. Darcy does propose to her a second time and they get married. It is a happy marriage. According to Jane Austen their marriage is the ideal marriage. They have things in common but they also have differences which keeps everything interesting. They love each other, respect each other and they learn from each other. There are so many different couples in the novel and they are all very different. It is not so much about romance in this novel but more about how to make a marriage work. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mashkhal Sadiq ...read more.

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