• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Examine Austen's presentation of marriage in 'Pride and Prejudice' by discussing three or four relationships. What can we deduce about Austen's attitudes to marriage?

Extracts from this document...


Examine Austen's presentation of marriage in 'Pride and Prejudice' by discussing three or four relationships. What can we deduce about Austen's attitudes to marriage? "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." Ironically, every woman, in general, with or without a fortune, was in want of a husband in the late 1700's into the early 1800's, the time period of Jane Austen's novel. In Jane Austen's time when Pride and Prejudice was created, marriage virtually dominated a woman's purpose in life and was greatly influenced by her family and social class. The leading relationships that I am to approach are Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, Mr Collins & Charlotte Lucas and Lydia Bennet and George Wickham.' I will first discuss the main relationship, which is portrayed in the novel, between Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Elizabeth Bennet is the second daughter in the Bennet family, and is by far the most intelligent and quick-witted. She has numerous admirable qualities; she is fun loving, fiery, clever and proud of who she is. Mr. Darcy, on the other hand, is an arrogant, reticent and defensive character. He is the son of a wealthy, well-established family, and the master of the great estate of Pemberley. ...read more.


She expresses her opinions of a successful marriage through Elizabeth. The second relationship that I am going to examine is the one between Mr. Collins and Charlotte Lucas. This particular marriage sums up what the novel is about, and how things worked at the time it was written. Mr. Collins is a pompous, generally idiotic clergyman, who stands to inherit Mr. Benett's property. He is proud of his social status although it is nothing special, but he likes to announce the fact that Lady Catherine de Bourgh serves as his patroness. He is rather over-bearing and self-centred. He married Charlotte Lucas, not for love but purely for security. Charlotte agrees to the engagement as she sees that she has got a chance to become married and financially secured for the rest of her life: "I ask only a comfortable home; and considering Mr Collin's character, connections, and situation in life, I am convinced that my chance of happiness with him is as fair as most people can boast." This quotation shows that romance didn't play a part in some peoples' lives, and that their sole objective in life is to find a suitable partner with decent wealth and good status. Some people ask for more, however in this case, Charlotte accepts Collins for his wealth and position, not taking into account his ridiculous character. ...read more.


The effect of the relationships was that Mr. Bennet would isolate himself from his family; his later life consisted of staying in his library and in mocking his wife. Mr. Bennet's self realization at the end of the novel in which he discovers that his lack of attention towards his family had lead his family to develop the way they are, and that he was too late to save his family. He is Jane Austen's example of a weak father. In Jane Austen's novel, marriage wasn't like "boy meets girl romance", which is something that you would expect in a romance novel. Marriage was a complex procedure that was based on almost everything: money, family, tradition, and society. Unfortunately, the feelings of the two individuals involved were not high on the list of qualifications for a good marriage. Few couples were able to resist outside pressures and have their own right of personal choice in finding a lifelong partner. Among those lucky few were Darcy and Elizabeth, and Bingley and Jane. Austen showed that a balance of personality and love existed between the relationships, and the assumption can be made that each couple would be happy in their marriages. Austen continually stresses the importance of love and equality in a as the reader is shown the alternatives and the negative and positive consequences of marriage. Jaspal Tatla GCSE Prose Coursework 'Pride and Prejudice' 10C ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Jane Austen section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Jane Austen essays

  1. Analyse Jane Austen's presentation of love and marriage in her novel Pride and Prejudice. ...

    to set the example of matrimony in his parish", "Secondly, that I am convinced it will add greatly to my happiness." And "...that it is particular advice and recommendation of the very noble lady whom I have the honour of calling patroness."

  2. How does Jane Austen present love and marriage in " Pride and Prejudice"

    He is conceited but Elizabeth teaches him to be humble. " My dearest loveliest Elizabeth! What do I not owe you? You taught me a lesson, hard indeed at first, but most advantageous. By you I was properly humbled." From the start of "Pride and Prejudice", Elizabeth is prejudice against Darcy.

  1. An exploration of Men and Women's relationships in Jane Austen's 'Pride and 'Prejudice

    To regain some self pride he then married Charlotte three days later yet ironically this makes him even more laughable. Jane Austen uses a variety of techniques to create an imaginative and equally gripping novel. Irony commonly emerges throughout the novel creating most of the humour.

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

    Mrs Bennet wants her daughters to marry a rich man this is evident when she says, " If a smart colonel, with five or six thousand a year, should want one of my girls, I shall not say nay to him."

  1. Discuss Jane Austen's presentation of the theme of love and marriage in "Pride and ...

    Charlotte is 27 (which was seen as quite old for marriage), she is "plain" and "without ever being romantic". She feels that Mr Collins is her only option and feels pressured into marrying him.

  2. How far does the theme of prejudice dominate the novels "Pride and Prejudice" by ...

    Symbolism is used extensively in the novel through the mockingbird. Atticus advises his children that if they went hunting for birds they should kill the bluejays, 'shoot all the bluejays you want, but remember it is a sin "To Kill a Mockingbird"' bluejays are considered to be the bullies of

  1. Portrayal of Marriage in Pride and Prejudice.

    Darcy's love for Elizabeth is expressed from his heart. Austen illustrates this when he states to Elizabeth, 'You must allow me to tell you... I admire and love you,' p157. Austen portrays Darcy's character as being very proud, so they way he expresses his love for Elizabeth seems pure and genuine.

  2. In Pride and Prejudice, what views does Jane Austen convey to us regarding Pride, ...

    Elizabeth has been prejudice and has not yet noticed the negative effects. The recognition that she can make mistakes is not easy because Elizabeth knows she is clever and used to being right about things. Jane Austen created a Elizabeth's character like this because there are so many people in

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work