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Compare the attitudes to marriage displayed in the world of Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice with those displayed in your world today.

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Compare the attitudes to marriage displayed in the world of Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice with those displayed in your world today. In this essay I'm going to compare the attitudes to marriage during the life of Jane Austen as shown in her novel, Pride and Prejudice with that of a Sri-Lankan Muslim society today. Marriage during the time of Jane Austen was very important. The whole novel, Pride and Prejudice revolves around the type of life the gentry had and how they socialised. The first line of the novel is " It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of good fortune, must be in want of a wife". This line immediately shows the reader the importance of marriage during the 18th century. Mrs. Bennet's behaviour shows the reader that the main role of a mother was to get her daughter's married, which is what Mrs Bennet tries very hard to do. In Muslim society today, this same importance towards marriage is shown, partly for social reasons but mainly for religious reasons. In the Quran it says, "Whoever is able to marry, let him marry...". Also, Muslims see marriage as important for two people because it provides companionship, and it provides a secure environment for bringing up children. ...read more.

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We also see that it was necessary for the man to ask permission from the ladies father before being able to marry her. We see this when Darcy proposes to Elizabeth. Straight after she accepts his proposal he goes in to see Mr. Bennett to get his approval. The parents' approval is still important today, in the Muslim society, because parents are highly respected and Muslims believe that parents should be able to guide their children because they know what's best for them. During Jane Austen's time, we don't see that there is a certain age that women should be getting married at, but we do see that it wouldn't be possible for a lady to get married after the age of about because we see that Charlotte Lucas doesn't want to become an old maid, so she gets married to Mr. Collins. On the other hand Lydia gets married at 16, which at the time was thought of as not totally wrong but still young. Today, the average age for a girl to get married at is about 18 to 23, quite similar to the time of Pride and Prejudice, however it is possible to girls to get married later or even earlier, depending on what they want to do and their parents wishes. ...read more.

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Darcy at a ball because his friend, Mr. Bingley, had brought him along. At first, he seemed haughty and rude, but soon Elizabeth realized that she had misjudged him. After many months, she realized that she did respect and love him. Over the months, he learnt Elizabeth's faults and strengths and she learnt his weaknesses and qualities. In the Muslim society today, a marriage like this, one based on mutual love and respect, would be highly unlikely because dating and going out with men is highly discouraged. Jane Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice, is a very universal novel, in that people are so predictable and her society's ideas and conduct are very similar to those of today. Her novel is able to match any society at anytime. There have and always will b unwritten rules on how people in the society should behave and what things are acceptable and what is not. Marriage is a very universal concept and it shows us that people will always be very similar in what they think. This is seen especially well in the novel when it is compared to today's world. Although, the two society's, Jane Austen's and the Muslim, will never be it but we are able to notice very many similarities between the two. Since Pride and Prejudice is a novel based on society and its attitudes it will always be a very universal book. ...read more.

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