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Examine the Attitudes to Love and Marriage that Emerge in Chapters 1-23 of 'Pride and Predjudice' and Discuss how we are Made Aware of Jane Austen's Attitude Towards them.
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Examine the Attitudes to Love and Marriage that Emerge in Chapters 1-23 of 'Pride and Predjudice' and Discuss how we are Made Aware of Jane Austen's Attitude Towards them
"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife"
Jane Austen used this quote to open her second book, 'Pride and Prejudice', which was first published in 1813. This is a story of the attitudes towards love and marriage in the nineteenth century, through the eyes of a number of people in different family situations and levels of society. It explores what was socially acceptable and disgraceful at the time, as well as the author, Jane Austen's, personal opinion on the matter. This is shown mainly through the character of Elizabeth Bennet, the second of five daughters of Mr and Mrs Bennet, inhabitants of the Longbourn estate. At this time, it was very important that young girls of around sixteen and above should aim to marry as soon as possible to avoid becoming destitute and unable to support themselves after the inevitable death of their father, whose estate would usually be inherited by the next male
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