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Essay Plan. Explore how the themes of love and conflict are presented in Jane Austens "Pride and Prejudice".

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´╗┐Explore how the themes of love and conflict are presented in Austen?s Pride and Prejudice * Literary context ( good for introduction) in these times, marriage was the only way for women to survive financially. So there is a conflict between waiting to marry a rich, respectable husband and have financial security or waiting for your true love to come along. This is clearly shown by Elizabeth?s rejection of Mr Collins proposal, and later on the union between Charlotte and Mr Collins, which was based entirely on a social contact rather than romantic love. * The Bennets marriage is in no way a good model for their daughters. Mr Bennet seems quite distant to the family, while for Mrs Bennet, the sole ?business of her life was to get her daughters married? and was often found ?intolerable? by these surrounding her. ...read more.

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Darcy, according to the rules of society was not supposed to even think about marrying Elizabeth, it is equivalent of nowadays royalty marrying a commoner. This is why he tries to suppress his feelings the best he can, and urges Mr Bingley to do so as well. In Fact, Darcy is the main cause for the separation between Bingley and Jane. And when they do unite, hey are condemned by the society ? ?such mother and father.. such low connections? * Charlotte, however, disagrees. She states that ?it is best to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are about to pass your life?, portraying a classical, traditional approach to marriage during these times. ...read more.

Conclusion

?vanity, not love, has been my folly? * Adding to the conflict of society Vs love, subject of Lydia?s elopement has to be mentioned. Even though their love is romantic (abeit stupid) it is looked down upon by the society, mostly for the fact that nothing is gained from it ? none benefit in financial or status terms. Also, judging from the relationship of the Bennets, the reader has no illusions about just as well how this marriage might end up. * Ironically, when Bingley proposes to Jane it is seen as the ?most reasonable end? to their relationship. However when Darcy proposes to Elizabeth, after their long journey of self-realization and their stripping of pride, vanity and prejudice; he is regarded as a ?simpleton?, and followed by sneer comments such as ?are the shades of Pemberley to be thus polluted? ...read more.

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