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

'In Pride and Prejudice, Austen explores the conditions that will allow for the right kind of marriage. Which of the marriages do you think she sees as likely to be the happiest, and why?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

'In Pride and Prejudice, Austen explores the conditions that will allow for the right kind of marriage. Which of the marriages do you think she sees as likely to be the happiest, and why? In Pride and Prejudice, Austen explores the conditions that she believes are required for true happiness through different couples. The couples that she sees to have promising, long lasting relationships are portrayed through characters, which complement one another. She also shows how romantic feelings can overwhelm us. Couples where parties are in love with each other seem very happy, but even so, Austen shows us that this does not mean a long lasting relationship. Austen shows what she believes to be the contributing factors of a happy relationship with longevity, through how she portrays the main characters and their relationships. We are first introduced to Mr and Mrs Bennet at the beginning of the novel; it is their absurd personality clash that causes us to look for qualities in their relationship that could make a good marriage; their, seemingly, satisfied demeanours must not fool us into believing that theirs is a happy marriage. ...read more.

Middle

She also seems to think that her sisters envy her. This shows her immaturity. Only time can tell what will happen when she eventually grows up and sees the misfortune of her situation. It is possible that this admiration for Wickam will be sustained, but more likely that as Lydia grows up she will resent Wickam for his actions. The likelihood that this marriage will be happy is extremely low. Neither partner knows the true personality of the other. Their personalities are similar. Both are frivolous, unprincipled, with 'high animal spirits.' Such roguish behaviour from both parties can only be detrimental to their marriage. The Marriage of Jane and Bingley is one of two marriages in the novel that was a result of a productive chase. Jane and Bingley formed an attachment early in the novel but were drawn apart. If the marriages between the Charlotte and Mr Collins and the marriage of Mr and Mrs Bennet signify discord then the ideal marriage should signify harmony. This is why Austen shows approval in the way she portrays their relationship. Both are pleasant and agreeable with 'pleasant countenance' and 'easy unaffected manners.' ...read more.

Conclusion

We see this in her deeply strong adversity to the idea of Lydia exposing herself publicly in any way. Elizabeth and Darcy achieve their mutual admiration and respect only though the painful process of stripping away misunderstanding and self-deception, as they reveal to each other in chapter 58. Their marriage is rational because they have learned to know why they love each other and it is secure because it is hard-won. Austen portrays theirs to be the happiest match. She shows the ease and compatibility of their characters through the long journey that their relationship takes. She shows her opinion of marriage between classes through the two most explored couples, Jane and Bingley and Darcy and Elizabeth. We know that she, therefore, believes that is if is a match that is meant to be, then financial status will be unimportant. It is important that we analyse her views, as they appear to be different to common opinion at the time. She shows that women with 'sweet countenance and good nature' are equally 'marriageable' to the 'vivacious and witty'. She even shows the latter is more likely to be successful. Therefore, I believe that Austen sees the marriage of Elizabeth and Darcy to be the happiest and most promising. Charlie Matthews 10C 28/04/2007 1 of 3 ...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. ...

    Before they married they did not have any of those things but because of their passion they thought they did. The Bennet's do not set their children a moral and social example of how to behave very well. As parents it is their duty to do this but they fail in some aspects.

  2. Portrayal of Marriage in Pride and Prejudice.

    Elizabeth looks up to Mrs Gardiner, not to Mrs Bennet. Mr Collins is a distant cousin to the Bennets and he is the one to inherit Longbourn after Mr Bennet's death. He is a clergyman who has recently been made vicar of a parish on the estate of Lady Catherine de Bourgh, in Kent.

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

    Mrs Gardner says about Darcy. Mrs gardener also explains to Elizabeth how is a generous master to his servants and tenants and a loving brother to his young sister Georgiana. From this chapter on, Elizabeth's and the readers view is changed, Mr Darcy's pride is excused, and in its place is a good-natured young man.

  2. Examine the different marriage relationships and attitudes towards marriage presented in 'Pride and Prejudice'. ...

    and first impressions "Captivated by youth and beauty, and that appearance of good humour....had married a woman of whose weak understanding and illiberal mind, had very early in their marriage put an end to all real affection for her." Mrs Bennet, it seems, has, in addition, married for physical attraction

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    had once paid him a visit in his humble parsonage; where she had perfectly approved all the alterations he had been making and had even vouched safe to suggest some herself' Mr Collins is very proud of his patroness and is infatuated and obsessed by her as he talks of

  2. “Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.” With reference to marriages ...

    As a girl of twenty-seven, plain, and in danger of dying an old maid, she has taken on the view that 'happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance' is a reference to the fact that women did pre-dominantly marry for money, not indeed love.

  1. Pride and prejudice: Marriage then, ideally is a love match, and still ideally, more ...

    It also shows us that he cannot stand being away from her for a long time and when he does see her, he has great pleasure in doing so. However Elizabeth soon falls in love with Darcy quickly after seeing Pemberly when she says, "to be mistress of Pemberly won't be too bad at all."

  2. Describe and compare the different marriages in "Pride and Prejudice". Which one do you ...

    Two characters that were in the army were the Colonel and Whickham but Jane never shows any conflict. Jane might have been against war. I think that Jane was bringing all possible relationships of the time into one small society.

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