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Chapters 1 to 24 tell us a lot about the importance of marriage in the early 19th century. Discuss.

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Chapters 1 to 24 tell us a lot about the importance of marriage in the early 19th century. Discuss. Marriage in the early 1920s seems to be very important from what we read in chapters one to twenty-four. In the first chapter of the book, the first paragraph is about marriage, "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife" from this we can see that the people in the 1920 s thought that if a man happened to be single and rich then he must be looking for a wife. It didn't seem to matter what type of person the man was, if he was caring or loving, or what he looked like, just as long as he had a good fortune mothers would present their daughters to him hoping that he would choose to marry one of them. We can see in chapter one that Mrs. Bennett is extremely eager to get her daughters married off. When Mrs. ...read more.

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They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life. Mr Collins shares the same opinion as Mrs Bennett, he believes a woman should marry a man who has a good fortune and he considers himself to have a good fortune. He expects every woman would want to marry him. Having now a good house and very sufficient income, he intended to marry; and in seeking a reconciliation with the Longbourne family, he had a wife in view Unfortunately for Elizabeth, she was his victim, he had her in view to be his wife. Mr Collins reasons for marrying weren't very good ones, his first reason was that he was a clergyman and he wants to set a good example to his parishioners. His second reason was it will add very greatly to his happiness and his third reason was that Lady Catherine thought it would be good for him. ...read more.

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I ask only a comfortable home; and considering Mr Collins character, connections, and situation in life, I am convinced that my chance of happiness with him is as fair as most people can boast on entering the marriage state" Elizabeth was not happy about the situation of Mr Collins marrying Charlotte, She thought Charlotte was stupid to accept his proposal as Elizabeth thought Charlotte could do better for herself. These thoughts most likely came about, as Elizabeth didn't really like Mr Collins and felt he wasn't good enough for her best friend. She was worried that Charlotte would not find happiness with him, but as she was a friend she accepted it as what was going to happen. Chapters one to twenty-four say a lot about the importance of marriage in the early 19th century, marriage was important to everyone and each person had their own reasons why they thought it was important, for Charlotte Lucas and Mrs Bennett, it was for status and security whereas for Miss Jane and Elizabeth Bennett, it was more important to marry the person you love and wanted to spend the rest of your life with so they were willing to wait until they knew they were with the right man. ...read more.

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