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How is the theme marriage presented in Jane Austens novel Pride and Prejudice?

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How is the theme marriage presented in Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice? You should also include the reasons for people marrying and show knowledge of historical context. The novel pride and prejudice is approximately set in the 1789. Jane Austen presents herself to me as a social reformer in her novel or even a comedy writer. I say this because she adds humor to show how bad marriage was in her times and how it was used for the wrong reason, but it wasn't only marriage that she found a problem with. 'It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife,' In this opening sentence Jane Austen described a man's wife as a possession. ...read more.


The first sentence in the Pride and Prejudice. 'It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife,' This introduces the theme of marriage, and money. Jane Austen starts off using intelligent sounding words to show the hunt for a rich husband. The sentence contains comedy, humour and irony because it describes a wife as a product of some sort therefore humour, comedy and irony will continue throughout the novel. The law of entail prevented women from owning land and property. This is a reason why women had to marry in the time of Jane Austen. This then prevented women depending on relatives or family for shelter and other needs. And so Mrs. Bennet wanted to marry one of her daughter to the rich Mr. ...read more.


People in this time socialized mainly at houses, but also at churches, balls, dinner parties and other areas. In Jane Austen times invitations were sent out to inform people about parties ,but this is also the time when the females or male get sneaky and so plan how get their man or women or even set a couple up. The rest of the evening was spent in conjecturing how soon he would return Mr. Bennets visit, and determining when they should ask him to dinner. This shows a plan for inviting Mr. Bennet. Life in that time was very boring and so much talking was done in much detail. Proper relationships could not take place by their selves because the parents normally would get involved and sometimes others. ...read more.

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