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    How is marriage presented in the novel "Pride And Prejudice"?

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    The first marriage we encounter is that of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. Their marriage is an unsuccessful one. Although it was thought that marriage should be for money, a few marriages were based on lust. The Bennet's marriage is an example of this. Mr. Bennet was "captivated by youth and beauty" and therefore married a 'woman of mean understanding'. As the marriage progressed, 'any true affection for her was put to an end very early in the marriage." The relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet is of poor standard. Mr. Bennet is witty and resourceful in comparison to his wife, who is not.

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    Pride and Prejudice. Mr Collins proposes to both Elizabeth and Charlotte, but their reactions are very different. What does the behaviour of all three characters, during chapters 19, 20 & 22 tell us about the different attitudes to marriage in the early n

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    which shows her determination that she would not marry for money, but only for true love. Marriage today is seen upon by society as a way to be connected to your 'other half' forever due to your undying love for each other. Many people get married by choice of the heart which is similar to the way Elizabeth saw matrimony back in the 19th century. When Mr Collins proposes to Elizabeth she try's to be nice and reject him in a nice way by saying '"Accept my thanks for the compliment you are paying me.

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  3. Comparison of Elizabeth Bennet's Marriage Proposals in Pride and Prejudice

    Before proposing, he effectively asks for permission by informing Mrs. Bennet of his intentions. He planned it out and went about it in such an orderly manner that we imagine that he had rehearsed it. His three reasons for marrying are solely practical; "I think it a right thing for every clergyman in easy circumstances to set the example of matrimony in his parish." "I am sure it will add greatly to my happiness." "It is the particular recommendation of the very noble lady [Lady Catherine de Bourgh] whom I have the honour of calling patroness."

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  4. Sense and Sensibility. The title of the book, and most of its tone, derive from the contrast between Elinor's character and that of her mother and younger sister.

    Her sister Marianne and her mother are the opposite: given to flights of emotion, actively encouraging and intensifying anything they feel until it takes over their lives, and prone to deciding on very little evidence how matters must be and then reading into all subsequent events support for their feelings. (The youngest sister is too young for romance, gets about five lines in the entire book, and for the most part isn't present.) Marianne will soon fall desperately in love, various complications will arise in part due to unwillingness to heed Elinor's reasonable advice, Elinor's romantic situation will become unbearably complicated, and by the end there will be hidden pasts, dramatic love, and drama galore.

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  5. From a reading of Jane Austens Short stories, What do we learn about Womens Lives in the Late Eighteenth Century?

    Another alternative was to be a governess to a wealthy family. It was considered as a desperate and horrible alternative, as you were basically a servant and therefore treated little better than such. We also learn that marriage had nothing to do with love or romance, Mary Stanhope in 'The Three Sisters' proves this well when she says the following "He has a large fortune & will make great Settlements on me; but then he is very healthy" Juxtaposition is used here to create humour and make a point how it was just about the money and social status.

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  6. Show how Elizabeth Rebels against the accepted

    Also there was a social convention which applies to female as same as England. It was a male-dominated society, so female cannot stand up to male even they are equal status. Early in the novel, Austen shows about Elizabeth's attitude to marriage and how she is different to other woman in her society by Elizabeth's rejection of Mr Collins's proposal. Mr Collins ask Elizabeth to marry him but she said, 'it is impossible for me to do otherwise than decline them' because she is determined to marry for love, not money or other reasons.

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  7. Attitudes to Women in Pride and Prejudice

    Marriage was, as Mr Collins later proves, a "business" transaction. This was not because parents did not care for their daughters, it was simply because unless a woman had her own financial means, as Lady de Bourgh does, she had no option but to marry a man who could support her and provide her with a house and such securities. Other alternative was to become a governess, which was not desirable. In Shirley by Charlotte Bronte Mrs Pryor (who was a governess herself) spends a great deal of energy trying to dissuade Caroline Helstone from becoming a governess. "Governesses,'' she observed, "must ever be kept in a sort of isolation...

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  8. What is the importance and attitude to marriage in the novel? (Persuasion, Jane Austen)

    This is made clear by the way he treats his daughters. Elizabeth Elliot is Sir Walter's favourite by far, because of her beauty and this would help her achieve a husband of high importance hence giving the Elliots a better name. As it says in the novel, Sir Walter was most hopeful of Elizabeth; "Elizabeth would one day or other, marry suitably." As Anne had let him down and was his least favourite, because she "had been a very pretty girl but her bloom had vanished early".

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  9. Exploring 19th century attitudes towards marriage and courtship in pride and prejudice and comparing these with todays views.

    Mrs Bennet was preoccupied with getting her five daughters married because if Mr Bennet died then the daughters would have no where to go and they would be left destitute. Furthermore it was Mrs Bennet's job as a mother, to make sure that her five daughters were married and they had good matches. It would also set a good example to the society. Mr and Mrs Bennet had a good marriage themselves according to their time. Mr Collins was a close cousin of the Bennets.

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  10. Compare and contrast the two proposals to Elizabeth Bennet.

    Pride and Prejudice certainly reflects the pressures that young ladies were put under to marry successfully, the novel shows what would've been a shamelessly accurate indication of what went on behind closed doors. Her audience were most probably other young women seeking respectable husbands, her novels would've been easy to identify and relate to as it was a women's job in life to secure a wealthy, well matched husband, securing the families status, estate and wealth. Both women today and when Pride and Prejudice was written are made to feel sympathy and admiration for Elizabeth Bennet in her determination to marry for love, not money and not status.

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  11. Pride and Predjudice-Character Study on Mrs. Bennet

    Also in the same chapter when she is yelling at Elizabeth; 'People who suffer as I do from nervous complaints can have no great inclination for talking. Nobody can tell what I suffer!' In the novel when Mrs Bennet does not get her own way or something goes wrong she starts complaining about her nerves (as shown above). This is attention seeking and she wants sympathy from her daughters. Jane Austen makes it perfectly clear that Mrs Bennet has a lack of social skills; the reader sees this when she visits Netherfield and has a big argument with Mr.

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  12. Catherine undergoes an educative process in Northanger Abbey(TM). How does Jane Austen direct her readers(TM) response to this

    One of the many factors that help to characterise 'Northanger Abbey' is the frequent use of ironic language that Jane Austen draws on during comparisons'. This kind of language is used especially in comparisons between Catherine and the typical gothic heroine. The very first sentence of the book indicates that this factor may well develop into a significant and unique theme throughout the novel, "No one who had seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her to be born a heroine".

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  13. Emma by Jane Austen

    The two lower class families are treated very differently by the higher classes in Highbury. Miss Bates and her niece Jane Fairfax are accepted as part of society and are often invited to social engagements and balls because they are women and are deemed worthy of acceptable company. This is somewhat surprising as they are not particularly liked. The narrator describes them as, "a waste of time - tiresome women - ... falling in with the second-rate and third-rate of Highbury."

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  14. Marriage then, ideally is a love match, and still ideally, more is involved the character and fortune of the lover. Consider Jane Austen's presentation of the marriage in Pride and Prejudice. Do any of the marriages fit Austen's ideal?

    So when he proposes she is 'all astonishment'. But after she is aware of his feelings, she begins to see his true character and she then sees that they are a perfect match for each other. When she starts to get to know him she sees that he is not as proud and conceited as she first thought, though he is proper and he comes across as quite shy at times. Darcy and Elizabeth are in love and their characters match perfectly.

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  15. Pride and Prejudice; Mr Collins proposes to both Elizabeth and Charlotte but their reactions are very different. What does the behaviour of all three characters during chapters 19, 20 & 22 tell us about the different attitudes to marriage in the early nin

    This shows that Lizzie does not agree with this view of marriage and finds it slightly ridiculous. This is similar to our attitude to marriage today in that, like women today, Lizzie wants to know her partner properly, unlike Charlotte, and love them before she marries them. Mr Collins proposes to Lizzie in chapter 19, but Lizzie declines because she does not love or even like him. This is very admirable of her as many women in her situation would have accepted purely for the security of being able to stay in her family home.

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  16. How does Jane Austen develop the character of Mr Collins in Pride and Prejudice

    The use of the word "demean" is very clever, giving it a double meaning, something on which Austen thrives. "Demean" can mean both conduct oneself and humiliate. Collins means it with the former meaning, but after finding out about his character, the reader can see the double meaning and that Austen wrote it with that in mind. In the rest of the novel, Collins constantly does "demean" himself "with grateful respect towards her Ladyship", as he pays Lady Catherine too many compliments, thus demeaning himself with the latter meaning of humiliate. Throughout the novel, Austen develops Collins' 'braggart humility' gradually.

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  17. Discuss Emma from Jane Austen s' Emma.

    Jane Austen makes it clear to us from beginning of the novel that Emma is not a character that compiles with the flaws of her century. Emma is Strong-witted and can be very arrogant towards other people, she is also patronizing and presumptuous. She isn't a typical woman of her status at her time as women`s lives were very quite controlled and restricted at the time of Jane Austen. The Novel Emma gives us the insight on Jane Austen`s Feelings and point of view on women living in that era.

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  18. Northanger Abbey

    Jane Austen's novels usually contain a heroine on a journey of self-discovery. All Jane Austen novels are about the characters and their relationships with themselves and each other. Catherine Morland is a prime example of this kind of protagonist - "when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way". I think Northanger Abbey is about novels and people who read novels. For example, in the first chapter Jane Austen tells her readers how it was through books or plays that her main character (Catherine Morland)

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  19. From a reading of Jane Austen(TM)s short stories what do we learn about women(TM)s lives in the late eighteenth century?(TM)

    "He has a large fortune and will make great settlements on me." "I hate him more than anybody else in the world." This shows us the amount of money he has is more important than the relationship and how happy they will be together. She decides to marry him if he will give her all she wants, this shows us how shallow the women could be and what they will do for possessions, she demands "a new carriage hung as high as the Duttons', and blue spotted with silver; and I shall expect a new saddle horse, a suit of

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  20. Discuss the relationship between Charlotte Lucas and Mr Collins, taking account of their characters and attitudes and evaluating the prospects for the success of their marriage

    Charlotte is strong, steady, and good. She genuinely cares for Elizabeth and takes joy in the prospect of Elizabeth's high advancement through marriage with Darcy. Charlotte is an intelligent character with maturity, poise, penetrating observation and superior understanding. Her father's life in trade, politics and high society has provided her a wide exposure which amplifies her understanding further. Her younger sister Maria and her father are both vacous individuals. Charlotte however has the intelligence and insight to perceive Darcy's glances at Elizabeth are expressions of interest in her.

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  21. Analysis of Darcy's first proposal to Elizabeth

    He talks about 'his sense of her inferiority' and the 'family obstacles which judgment had always opposed inclination'. He means that although he had loved her for a long time he knows that her family is beneath him. Mr. Darcy considered his wealth and status as 'sufficient encouragement' for Elizabeth to accept his hand of marriage. Elizabeth 'could see that he had no doubt of a favourable answer 'as he 'spoke with apprehension and anxiety' although his 'countenance expressed real security'. When Mr. Darcy first enters Elizabeth's room, her 'astonishment was beyond expression. She stared, coloured, doubted and was silent'.

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  22. Compare and contrast the marriage proposals received by Elizabeth Bennet. Is it inevitable, in your view, that she will refuse the first two proposals and accept the third?

    Their first encounter confirms his absurd personality; during the evening he managed to spend quarter of an hour apologising for a simple comment and praised Lady Catherine uncontrollably throughout dinner. The Bennet girls mock him considerably and none even contemplate the idea of marrying him. His lack of sensitivity is demonstrated again to the reader when he switches from preferring Jane to Elizabeth as his future wife in the time it takes for Mrs. Bennet to "stir the fire" once finding out that Jane already has a prospective husband, Mr.

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  23. Hoe Darcy Affect Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice

    "She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me" As the book progresses, Darcy begins to feel an attraction to Elizabeth. He begins listening to her conversations at parties, much to her surprise. Darcy tells Bingley's unmarried sister that "Miss Elizabeth Bennett" is now the object of his admiration. "The gentlemen pronounced him to be a fine figure of a man, the ladies declared he was much handsomer than Mr. Bingley, and he was looked at with great admiration for about half the evening, till his manners gave a disgust which tuned the tide of his popularity; for he

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  24. Pride and Prejudice Essay

    Mr.Collins is also a snobbish individual who is awful at his job because he always puts himself before his duties of a clergyman. This also hints that he is a selfish person who cares more about himself more than any other thing; which is a poor attribute for a clergyman. Mr.Collins begins his proposal; "Believe me my dear Miss Elizabeth". The "my" indicates that he believes she will instantly accept his proposal because he already feels that he owns her before she has even replied.

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  25. Was life easier for the young ladies of 'Pride and Prejudice' than it is for young ladies today?

    Women spent a significant proportion of their day in developing, as Caroline Bingley describes 'a thorough knowledge of music, signing, drawing, dancing and the modern languages', as the possession of these 'accomplishments' would affect their ability to make a 'good' marriage. This is why Lady Catherine thought it 'very strange' that only one of Elizabeth's sisters played the piano and none of them drew. Now, the education of boys and girls is largely the same, with little time being given over to such pursuits as drawing and sewing.

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