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In Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen presents a number of relationships in early 19th century England

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Pride and Prejudice essay "How does Jane Austen present the pleasures and problems of love and relationships in early 19th century England in Pride and Prejudice" In Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen presents a number of relationships in early 19th century England. One of the main relationships is between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy. Elizabeth is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Bennet who are a part of a well off country family who own Longbourn estate and Mr Darcy is a very rich landowner. Another main relationship is between Jane, Elizabeth's sister, and the most attractive Bennet and Mr Bingley a wealthy agreeable man and Mr Darcy's friend. There is also a relationship between Lydia Bennet the youngest daughter and Mr Wickham a "con man" from the army and Mr Wickham ends up being coerced into marring Lydia so the family can save face. Mr and Mrs Bennet are the parents of the Bennet family. The last relationship I will look at in my essay is Mr Collins and charlotte lucus. Mr Collins is a distant cousin of the Bennets and a clergyman on a very wealthy estate Charlotte Lucas is Elizabeth Bennets best friend and nextdoor neighbour. ...read more.


Mr Collins starts with trying to marry Elizabeth but "she will have none of him" he takes this as being rejected but the family and since his patroness wants him to marry he marries the next girl he bumps into, Charlotte Lucas. Charlotte is not romantic and just wanted to get married " I am not romantic you know I never was I ask only a comfortable home and considering Mr Collins' character, connections and situation in life I am convinced that my chance of happiness with him is as fair as most people can boast on entering the marriage state". These days in modern time woman do not have to marry to gain a house or status and Charlotte would of not had to marry Mr Collins. One of the more positive relationships is between Jane Bennet the oldest and most beautiful daughter of the Bennets and Mrs Bennet hoped that she would marry well "It was moreover such a promising thing a Jane marrying so greatly as to throw the younger ones into the way of other rich men" and Bingley a wealthy good natured man who had rented the near by great house and a member of Darcy's party from the north. ...read more.


how ardently I admire and love you" Elizabeth refuses him and one of the reasons she gives is his behaviour to Wickham. Afterwards Mr Darcy explains what really happened and that Mr Wickham had tried to elope with his sister the don't meet again till when she is on holiday sightseeing in his estate in Derbyshire. Darcy is still attracted to her and she now seems to be developing an attraction to him however this is interrupted by Lydia's elopement with Wickham with out Elizabeth knowing he's does every thing to force Wickham to marry Lydia. He did that because he loves Elizabeth so much " I believe I thought only of you" which is what he says when Elizabeth finds out and thanks him in the same conversation he asks her to marry him and this time he accepts. So I think that in this book Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen shows us that love in the 19th century is very formalised and follows strict rules. Nowadays in the 21st century things are totally different .We are less status conscience about marriage and you don't need a husband to get a good household. Richard Bushell-Torr ...read more.

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