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Timeless Love in 'Pride and Prejudice'.

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´╗┐Smith SMITH 8-24-12 AP Literature Timeless Love ?Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.? (1 Corinthians 13:4) Love, the essence, the core, the visceral life blood of Jane Austen?s Pride and Prejudice is the primal thematic device in novel. Love in Pride and Prejudice is not viewed as a necessary component in a successful match but rather the match is based on economic necessity, in essence what monetary resources are brought to the table by both parties in the marriage or the marriage is purely based on lust that rapidly declines and all that is left is a loveless marriage that neither person really enjoys. The quote from Corinthians 13:4 summarizes what is the embodiment of love, the type or love that is real and blossoms between two people, the type of love that never fades and lasts for the whole of their lives, a love that is full of passion. This type of love, this real love is what makes Pride and Prejudice special and is what makes readers all over the world fall in love with the timeless romance between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. The marriage between Mr. Collins and Charlotte is a marriage of economic necessity. ...read more.

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I should never be happy without him, so think it no harm to be off. You need not send them word at Longbourn of my going, if you do not like it, for it will make the surprise the greater when I write to them and sign my name Lydia Wickham. What a good joke it will be! I can hardly write for laughing. [?] Your affectionate friend, LYDIA BENNET.'' (Chapter 47, Paragraph 60-61) When Lydia runs away with Mr. Wickham she thinks that she is in love with him and he is going to marry her because he loves her but in all reality he is in lust as is Lydia. The only reason Mr. Wickham married Lydia is because Mr. Darcy paid him the dowry so he would go through with the marriage. Mr. Wickham is not the type of man that falls in love he uses women to get what he wants. Their marriage is solely based on the fact that the both find each other extremely attractive and what money they both have. However the union between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy is a marriage that is constructed on a deep, unyielding, passionate, fiery love that both Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy slowly begin to acknowledge as the novel progresses. ...read more.

Conclusion

I can easily believe it, you thought me devoid of every proper feeling, I'm sure of it. The turn of your countenance I shall never forget. You said that I could not have addressed you in any possible way that would induce you to accept me. Oh, do not repeat what I said then! I have been a selfish being all my life. As a child I was given good principals but was left to follow them in pride and conceit. Such I might still have been but for you, dearest, loveliest Elizabeth.? (Austen, 313-317) Love in this novel goes from the highest peaks of ultimate passion and breathless beauty between two people to valleys that are dry a barren without an ounce of love there. Austen uses love to highlight the social cleavages that are present between all the characters like social status, beauty, and economic status. The theme of love in Pride and Prejudice is used to illustrate how love affects all aspects of life in the novel from the loveless marriage of Mr. Collins and Charlotte to the lustful marriage of Mr. Wickham and Lydia to the timeless romance of Elizabeth and Darcy, the love shown by Elizabeth and Darcy that Austen illustrates embodies the quote from Corinthians 13:4; ?Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.? (1 Corinthians 13:4) Word Count: 1,691 ...read more.

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