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Marriage and what makes a good one?" is a major theme of Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' discuss this aspect of the novel. The novel 'Pride and Prejudice' gives many ideas of marriage. It

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"Marriage and what makes a good one?" is a major theme of Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' discuss this aspect of the novel. The novel 'Pride and Prejudice' gives many ideas of marriage. It can be seen as a business transaction, an alliance between families or a social improvement for women but whichever way it is seen sometimes, 'happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance'. As the novel opens we can tell that marriage in the late 19th century was mainly based around society; 'it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.' We learn in the novel that women did marry for money or security like Charlotte Lucas but others like Elizabeth and Jane marry for love. Mr and Mrs Bennet's marriage was impulsive, Mr Bennet was 'captivated by youth and beauty' and because of Mrs Bennet's 'weak understanding and illiberal mind' it 'put an end to all real affection for her'. ...read more.

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Lydia and Mr Wickham's marriage is unbalanced so it is unlikely that it will last; 'their elopement had been brought on by the strength of her love, rather than by his' Jane and Mr Bingley are well suited because Jane always sees the best in people; 'never...speak ill of a human being' and Mr Bingley was 'good looking and gentlemanlike' with a 'pleasant countenance, and easy, unaffected manners.' Mr Bingley doesn't care about social status; 'if they had uncles enough to fill all Cheapside it would not make them one jot less agreeable,' and he loves Jane for who she is. Jane has the 'most affectionate, generous heart in the world' and was 'all loveliness and goodness' so her and Mr Bingley were able to overcome their obstacles to be the perfect match. Elizabeth also wants to marry for love so when Mr Collins proposes to her she rejects him because she doesn't love him and he doesn't mention that he loves her. ...read more.

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However he proves that he is not 'proud and conceited' anymore by paying off Mr Wickham and when she thanks him thinking all hope is lost in him ever asking her to marry him again, he does. Charlotte's idea of marriage is very different to that of Jane and Elizabeth; she would rather sacrifice love for security. She believes that 'a woman had better shew more affection than she feels' or she may 'lose the opportunity of fixing him'. This is why she agrees to marry Mr Collins who only wants to marry because he thinks it will be good for his image and she ends up avoiding him throughout the day because he is a 'pompous', 'odious man'. Mr Collins doesn't show any sign of wanting to marry for love because he first turns his eye to Jane but when he finds she is already taken, he turns his eye to the next best thing: Elizabeth. ?? ?? ?? ?? Charlotte Palmer ...read more.

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