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Compare Mr. Wickham's and Elizabeth's Attitude Towards Marriage.

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Compare Mr. Wickham's and Elizabeth's Attitude Towards Marriage. The novel, 'Pride and Prejudice' revolves around a mother of five daughters, Mrs. Bennet, whose sole purpose is to marry off her daughters to suitable men. Her eldest, Jane, is her most prized daughter. Mrs. Bennet is assured that Jane's beauty and meticulous manners will win her a prized husband. In the end Mrs. Bennet succeeds in marrying her to a husband and in addition she gets Lydia and Elizabeth married too; Jane to Mr Bingley, Lydia to Mr. Wickham and Elizabeth to Mr. Darcy. Pride and Prejudice is an enduringly popular 19th century novel written by the English author Jane Austen. The general theme through this book is marriage as it focuses mainly upon different types of marriage and the proposals leading up to them, she gives us the view of the characters and their thoughts towards marriage, as there are some people who marry for wealth and others marring for happiness and love.. Mr Wickham is a man that is looking for a woman to marry, preferably a woman with money. ...read more.

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Mr. Wickham ends up marrying Lydia. So all in all it seems that Mr. Wickham was generally looking for a woman with money enough to live with and have an ordinary life with the exception that he had taken a liking to Elizabeth when he arrived in to Meryton. Elizabeth a woman looking for 'romance' and 'love' takes a liking towards Mr. Wickham when she meets him at his arrival to Meryton, but she knows that they can not be together for it would be a hard life with Mr. Wickham as an 'officer in the regiments'. Then Elizabeth is 'cautioned' by Charlotte to 'not be a simpleton and allow her fancy for Mr. Wickham to make her appear unpleasant in the eyes of a man of ten times his consequence'. This is because Charlotte does not want Elizabeth so think that fancying Mr. Wickham is bad. Mrs. Gardiner gives the advice of Elizabeth being a 'sensible girl' and not to go for a 'man with great fortune' but to consider going for a 'man she fancies' she also says that she would 'not disappoint [her] father'. ...read more.

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Though later on he realises that the person he really likes is below his social status and so he begins to change, knowing what he is doing wrong. Elizabeth on the other-hand changes too, after Mr. Darcy sends a letter to Elizabeth, she realises that she is proud too, and she is surprised at this as she seemed to be always right in her first instincts though finds out that she is wrong about Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham. In the end Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy both get married together and live 'at Pemberley'. Overall Mr. Wickham's attitude towards marriage differs from Elizabeth's because Mr. Wickham is superficial and not serious at all, since he just wants to marry somebody preferable a woman with a lot of money as he is a mercenary man. But Elizabeth on the other-hand is profound and quite serious about her marriage as she wants it to be perfect al most. She is also very disinterested as in she does not go for the rich and powerful but for someone who she can respect, for example, when she turned Mr. Darcy down when he offered her in marriage. Word Count: 1,150 ...read more.

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