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"Jane Austen shows Elizabeth and Darcy's marriage as the ideal state in between two extremes." Discuss this with references to the marriages in pride and Prejudice.

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"Jane Austen shows Elizabeth and Darcy's marriage as the ideal state in between two extremes." Discuss this with references to the marriages in pride and Prejudice. In pride and Prejudice there are many different marriages that occur. There are also, various, different incentives for these marriages. In comparing Elizabeth and Darcy's relationship with, Lydia and Wickham, and Charlotte Lucas and Mr Collins the reader begins to see the different reasons in which the partners marry. The reader can base their views on the priorities of each relationship. If a reader was to read of a marriage based on financial security like Mr Collins and Charlotte Lucas' they may have preconceived ideas about how the relationship will work if love is not involved, they may form prejudices on the marriage based on their own beliefs and ideals. Jane austen often uses dialogue to establish a character for instance Mr Collins' character is shown through long pompous speeches. The novel also has a tone of irony and the first sentance of the book sets the tone for the rest of the novel. The book is often mocking the society as Jane Austen was very interested in class (this class was called gentry) ...read more.


Wickham becomes disinterested in Lydia after there initial attraction, which was based on good looks and affection for one another. Lydia does not understand the shame she has bought unto her family and boasts that the sisters should 'look up to her' because she is a 'married woman.' If Darcy had not intervened persuading wickham to do the honourable thing it would have left the whole family in shame because Lydia would have eloped with a man that no longer loved her and then she would have been cast aside it was clear that Lydia was unaware of Wickhams real intentions in gaining money from her and not loving her and that she was run by her emotions rather than her sense. Her behaviour could have cost the whole family's reputation. However Lydia may have been saved from total degradation by Darcy's financial intervention, her and wickhams marriage is now one void of love and respect. Making it an imperfect marriage. Charlotte's marriage also receives considerable disproval (although it is nothing compared to the disproval that Lydia and wickham receive!) The marriage is a practical one, mutually advantageous for both charlotte and Mr Collins. ...read more.


This makes Darcy a dislikeable unpopular character from the start of the novel in most of the Bennet's opinions. However When Elizabeth and Darcy begin to talk Darcy confesses his love for Elizabeth in a rather unflattering manner. She is not happy and rejects his proposal. I think this is when Darcy's character begins to change and he becomes less arrogant and dislikeable. Elizabeth sees him in a different light and the pair begin to fall in love. Later on in the book as the pair become better acquainted Darcy re-proposes Elizabeth this time agrees seeing the error of her quick judgement, (though I do think her rejection of Darcy, and his earlier rejection of her contributed to the changing of his character which encouraged her to say yes.) The couple's hard work and perseverance led to this marriage being so successful. I think that Elizabeth and Darcy's marriage is the ideal state between two extremes because the love of money and fear of loneliness, and the love of love only led to the couples being forced into unhappy marriages. A good middle ground like Elizabeth and Darcy's relationship (or Jane and Bingley's) leads to a happier marriage for the couples. Rachel Lawrence 10 Beta ...read more.

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