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Discuss Jane Austens presentation of the theme of love and marriage in Pride and Prejudice.

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Discuss Jane Austen's presentation of the theme of love and marriage in "Pride and Prejudice." Austen shows that marriage was not an act of love for most people but seen as a way of surviving, a high rank and a decent place in society. It shows that women only married for wealth and stability and men married for companionship and comfort. But not all men and women married for these reasons. Jane Austen's shows that "The only honourable provision for a well educated young women of small fortune." This was the only way to prevent women from spending their life as a spinster or the dependence on their family, which will not be able to support her. But in the Bennet's case their house will no longer be theirs on the death of their father. A good marriage in the regency era would seal a social contract between people and a comfortable lifestyle also a financial provision for the future. This was linked with the patriarchal society in which women had no access to property, voting, and rights and was at the mercy of patrons, guardians and husbands. This shows how women were dependant on men and men were therefore seen as more dominant. It is evident in the text, " But the fact is, that being as I am, to inherit this estate after the death of your honoured father." ...read more.

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"He began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautifully expression of her dark eyes." This shows that Mr Darcy is beginning to fall in love deeply with Elizabeth's beauty. Also he begins to start falling in love with her he says, "In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." Darcy is expressing his feelings to Elizabeth. Darcy and Elizabeth share many common interests that help reflect their love for one another. During Elizabeth's stay at Pemberly, Austen act here like a omniscient narrator by revealing to the readers that Darcy and Elizabeth both share common interests for example when Miss Bingley states that, 'Miss Eliza Bennet... is a great reader...' then in another conversation between Miss Bingley and Mr Darcy, Miss Bingley states, " 'What a delightful library you have at Pemberly.' This shows the readers that Darcy and Elizabeth both share the same interest in reading books. This reveals that Mr Darcy and Elizabeth both are suitable for one another. The relationship between Jane and Bingley is more even and composed but is never faltering love. Darcy claims that Jane has not been able to show enough affection and emotion towards Bingley, although this is part of her nature. Darcy claims that this is what made him think that Jane would not be hurt if Bingley left her. ...read more.

Conclusion

She had believed that Mr Darcy seemed to be a very snobbish and arrogant character. The effect of Elizabeth's accusation of " arrogance, conceit, disdain" is soon felt by Darcy and from this point forward our view of him gradually changes. Unfortunately when Elizabeth heard from Mr Darcy's friend Colonel Fitzwilliam, that Darcy had "saved a friend from the inconveniences of a most imprudent marriage." she was immediately angered that Darcy would ruin Jane and Bingley's relationship and break her heart. Mr Darcy is totally unaware that Elizabeth dislikes him because when Mr Darcy proposes to Elizabeth he is very shocked when she rejects his proposal he becomes aware of why she dislikes him when she tells him what she thinks of him. Darcy becomes shocked this is evident when it says in the novel, " his complexion became pale with anger." "Mr Darcy changed colour." Darcy then writes a letter that contains his true feelings for Elizabeth and hands it to her. This letter is the huge turning point in the novel because Elizabeth is the only character shown in the novel that only believes in true love in a marriage and yet she is totally blind and cannot see it infront of her. This makes Elizabeth feel ignorant and biased. Toward s the end of the letter her feeling changes for Darcy she says" I love him. Indeed he has no improper pride. He is perfectly amiable." English Coursework- Miss Gabrielle By Samia Ahmed 10T/GA ...read more.

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