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Compare and Contrast the various reactions to Lydia going to Brighton

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Compare and Contrast the various reactions to Lydia going to Brighton Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' is a famous novel related to mixed emotions concerning family issues. The main theme of the novel is marriage and its importance in the society. 'Pride and Prejudice' portrays the significance of how marriage was treated in the nineteenth century, where the elopement of a woman with a man was very common yet it wasn't socially accepted. In the nineteenth century women had a lower status in society than men, for instance they were not allowed to vote. At the time women were not permitted to inherit their fathers wealth and therefore had to choose husbands who were financially stable. Even though the novel is set in the nineteenth century it has great relevance to current times. The feelings attached to marriage in historic cultures are still the same today, especially in Asian cultures. By and large 'Pride and Prejudice' is a romantic comedy showing how the elopement of Lydia has an effect on the entire family. Throughout the novel we become familiar to themes of love, respect, greed as well as friendship. The central theme of the story hangs of the opening sentence, 'It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.' This introductory line is the foundation for the all the events in the story. Lydia Bennet is the youngest member of the Bennet family, aged only fifteen. ...read more.

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Vain, ignorant, idle, and absolutely uncontrolled!' Kitty feel very disappointed, because Mrs Foster didn't invite her to Brighton. This is conveyed when she says, 'I cannot see why Mrs Foster should not ask me as well as Lydia...I am two years older.' Kitty envies Lydia and wants to be in her place. Jane is worried about Bingley moving out of Brighton and isn't hugely involved in Lydia going to Brighton. However she does try to prevent Kitty from wanting to go to Brighton. She is mature and understands the dangers of Lydia going to Brighton much like Elizabeth. Mr and Mrs Foster want Lydia to come to Brighton in reply to their invitation. Mrs Foster and Lydia are good friends as they share many qualities. After receiving the awful news that Lydia had eloped with Wickham, various reactions are observed. Elizabeth is affected the most by Lydia's elopement, because her chance of marriage has decreased. Her chances of marriage have decreased because the whole family was now looked down up on due to the shame Lydia had bought up on them Elizabeth's initial reaction is of shock, anguish and distress. She tends to blame herself for not warning Lydia of Wickham's false character. 'You know him too well to doubt the rest...she is lost forever.' Elizabeth is worried about Lydia's safety and at the same time she is hugely concerned about the family honour. Her character turns out to be pessimistic, as she becomes certain of the disgrace that will be placed on the family name. ...read more.

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She fell in love with Darcy and felt that after Lydia's elopement Darcy would not want to associate himself with her or her family. The Bennets lost their reputation in society and were not respected. The honour of the family lied in the daughters, and after Lydia's elopement the family honour was lost. Jane is left distressed after Lydia eloped because Bingley may never want to speak to her again. Both Kitty and Mary would struggle to find husbands in future. This is because people will feel that the family has a past record of daughters running away with men. Darcy is the man who saves further shame for the Bennets when he pays Wickham to agree to marry Lydia. However money is not a foundation for marriage and it seems that Lydia and Wickham will not have an everlasting marriage like the one of Darcy and Elizabeth whose is based on true love. Mr and Mrs Bennets irresponsible characters lead to Lydia's actions. Neither of them makes a good parent as they fail in carrying out their parental duties. From 'Pride and Prejudice' one can learn that you should never judge a book from its cover. Darcy is seen as an arrogant and bigheaded man however turns out to be a humble and caring individual. On the other hand Wickham was seen as a pleasant and agreeable man and later he shows his true colours and runs away with Lydia. I feel 'Pride and Prejudice' is a classic novel, as it has great relevance to many cultures even in the twenty first century. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nabeel Hussain Pride and Prejudice Coursework ...read more.

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