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Jane Austen is the author of the book titled 'Pride and Prejudice'.

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Jane Austen is the author of the book titled 'Pride and Prejudice'. Throughout her forty years of life she has written many novels and she is considered by many people as the best novelist. However, in this essay I will be concentrating on 'Pride and Prejudice' written by Jane Austen which talks about marriage and courtship. I will be explaining briefly through the marriages of Elizabeth to Darcy, Charlotte Lucas to Mr. Collins and Mrs. Bennet to Mr. Bennet what Jane Austen is saying about their marriages. As part of the essay question I will also state how these marriages reflect the time she is writing in. First I will talk about the marriages of Elizabeth and Darcy. The novel 'Pride and Prejudice' is mainly concerned with the Bennet family. Mrs. Bennet who has five daughters is obsessed and anxious to get her five daughters married off to wealthy men. However, in the beginning of the novel her ambitions seem to come true when a rich young bachelor, Charles Bingley takes up residence at Nether field, a nearby estate bringing with him two of his sisters and one of his wealthy friend Fitzwilliam Darcy. At the town ball, Bingley who is well known and well loved by everybody immediately falls in love with the eldest daughter Jane while Darcy is attracted to Elizabeth her sister. ...read more.

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However, without mentioning romance, Elizabeth was successful because "she had already secured upward mobility and security for her and her family" (Pride and Prejudice York notes). Elizabeth was also lucky because she was married to Darcy who was considered as from a upper-class family and he was loved by local people while she was from a slightly lower class family and such combination of upper-class and lower class marriage would have been considered as a disgrace because society was not liberalizing in the 1800's. Now I will discuss the marriages of Mr. Collins and Charlotte Lucas. Charlotte Lucas does not have any wealth nor does she have any beauty and this is why she is unable to attract a husband by acting in a clever understanding way. Therefore she is basically without hope for an upper class marriage. However towards the middle of the novel Mr. Collins proposes to Elizabeth and he gets rejected by her so he immediately approaches Charlotte Lucas who accepts his proposal. However Elizabeth is shocked to learn about Charlottes acceptance of Collin's proposal considering that Mr. Collins in unattractive. However, Charlotte defends herself by saying "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 chanced of happiness is fair as most people can boast on entering the marriage state." ...read more.

Conclusion

In addition Jane Austen is also trying to inform us through the marriages of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet that marriages are incomplete if marriages are for the obsession of the moment, because this is a bad base to start with which will not last as a happy marriage. Subsequently she also is trying to inform us that Mr. Bennet had been "captivated by youth and beauty" but Mrs. Bennet's "weak understanding and illiberal mind" stopped any lasting affection. In addition the marriages of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet reflects the time Jane Austen is writing in because the marriages of the 18th century were more like a business transaction than it was in the 1810 century. Because the greater families thought that marriages would make stronger connections and thus this will keep them in power. In conclusion it could be said that marriages because of money and financial gain would end up unsuccessful or unhappy. On the other hand Jane Austen is also trying to justify in this novel that marriage because of love and passion may perhaps end up successful and happy. Therefore the novel 'Pride and Prejudice' written by Jane Austen proves that a balance must be met in marriage to make it a successful and a happy loving marriage as seen in the marriages Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. Tahmilur Rahman mizan/GCSE English Literacy coursework Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice i ...read more.

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