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Joanne Hua 10 Jupiter Ms. Pomeroy 28th February 2003 Explore Austen's Presentation Of Marriage In "Pride And Prejudice" Even from the first sentence, we can already tell that the novel will be focusing on the essential issues of marriage and wealth. It stresses a society where marriage is a very important and essential preoccupation. Marriage and wealth are closely linked together; the richer a man was, the more probable it was that single women would want to marry him. Austen tries to summarize the two main issues in her opening sentence "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." This doesn't appear to be the author's own 'voice'. She seems to put it in a very sarcastic way. The writer says, "it is a truth universally acknowledged..." this appears extremely exaggerated since she expresses that this is a fact recognized by the whole universe, which is highly unlikely. The next part of the opening sentence that sounds ironic is "a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife". She uses the word 'must' to put across the certainly in her statement. However, this isn't true of all rich, single men; not all wealthy, single men are seeking a wife. ...read more.

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After hearing through his letter that she had been deceived by Wickham, she quickly changes her opinion of Darcy and realises her error in misjudgement. Austen has a clever way of revealing things to us slowly and gradually. Jane and Bingley and Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner are two examples of particularly good marriages. They get on well and share the same interests, humour and tastes. Elizabeth believes that marriage should not be about wealth or money, but love. This reflects exactly what Austen feels towards marriage. The marriage between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet shows us a lot about what Austen thinks. This is clearly not a good marriage. It is a marriage that required compromise on both parts in order to work. Mr. Bennet constantly indulged in his wife and likes to agitate her on purpose. Austen's individual style of writing has a habit of showing us characters in action, conversations, social scenes, gatherings and characters interacting and we notice things about the way they speak, their tones of voice, and how they come across to us. This makes us judge them. For example, Mr. Collins: we have a low opinion of him because of the way he talks and because of his constant reference to Lady Catherine de Bourgh. ...read more.

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Gardiner. This is one of the reasons why they are so compatible. Elizabeth has a good opinion of them, Darcy has a high opinion of them when he first meets them and this therefore drives the reader into having a high opinion of them too. It also reflects what the author feels is a good marriage because Mr. Gardiner was seen as a man of slightly lower status, but that didn't distract Mrs. Gardiner from being attracted to him. This marriage shows that they did not marry for money, but for love. The opinion formed of the Gardiners is totally opposite to those formed of Wickham and Lydia. The connection between Bingley and Jane is the first that is spoken of as a possibility of a marriage, but it nearly doesn't happen because Jane doesn't show her feelings as picked up by Charlotte Lucas. The marriage between Bingley and Jane succeeds because they both share similar interests and intellect. Elizabeth and Darcy are the central focus throughout novel and it is possibly the best example of a good marriage. They have to overcome a lot of difficult situations before they finally get engaged. Two of the main obstacles were prejudgement and pride. Austen is trying to say that marriage should be given careful thought and consideration. It should not be solely for money and status, but for intellect and true love. - 1 - ...read more.

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