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Marriage in pride and prejudice.

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Introduction

Marriage in Pride and Prejudice The novel pride and prejudice was written by Jane Austen in 1797 but didn't get published until 1813 as her second novel. At first the novel was called first impressions, but it was never published under that title. The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues such as manners, upbringing, moral rightness, education and marriage in her aristocratic society of early 19th century England. The novel focuses mostly on marriages and the women's position in the society during that time which was in the early 19th century. In the 19th century British women were expected to marry and have children. The laws in Britain were based on that women would get married and that their husbands would take care of them. Before the passing of the 1882 Married Property Act, when a women got married her wealth was passed to her husband, if a women worked after she got married her earnings belong to her husband as well. ...read more.

Middle

The characters Mr and Mrs Collins get married purely not because of love or feelings towards each other. Mrs Collins fears that she will be all alone for the rest of her life since she is old now and fears that if she doesn't accept his marriage proposal she won't get another chance, therefore accepts to marry him purely for financial reasons. Mr Collins first asks Elizabeth Bennet to marry him thinking she won't reject his proposal because his position in society was better than hers. When she declines his proposal he later asks Charlotte to marry him and she accepts. This shows that Mr Collins doesn't really care about charlotte; he just wants to marry, because in those days it was the right thing to do. The characters Mr and Mrs Darcy get married because they love each other, which you can see starts to develop during the novel. At first Darcy isn't attracted to Elizabeth at all. ...read more.

Conclusion

Elizabeth's prejudice against Darcy doesn't change till chapter 13. Which is where Elizabeth finally realizes first impression, and that her pride and prejudice have been false and wrong toward Mr. Darcy. Both Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy could not have experienced such a character transformation as these if it weren't for their initial first impressions of each other. They both grew to know each other better and deeper and to look beyond first impressions without letting their pride hide their sight of who someone really is. After Darcy and Elizabeth really knew and loved each other, they married each other, unlike Mr and Mrs Collins who married each other in a situation where love had nothing to do with it at all. The novel starts with: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. Although a man in that time could marry someone because he loved her, like Darcy loved Elizabeth. Or because he just wanted to marry for other reasons than love such as Mr Collins. ...read more.

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