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Pride and Prejudice

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Introduction

Jane Austen was born December 16th 1775 in Steventon, Hampshire and is one of our most celebrated novelists. Jane Austen had a sister called Cassandra and they were very close to each other just like Elizabeth and Jane Bennet. In the early 1800's when Jane Austen was writing 'Pride and Prejudice,' marriage was the only real option for a young lady because unless they were married they had to still live with relatives, and they couldn't inherit any of the family possession or the house because in the 1800's it was a very male dominated society. In many of Jane Austen's novel she writes about her views on marriage which was to marry for love and someone with a similar personality and interests as this will make the relationship long lasting. Jane Austen clearly shows her views of marriage in the novel 'Pride and Prejudice' through the character Elizabeth Bennet, Charlotte Lucas only marries Mr. Collins because she wants a comfortable home and she knows Mr. Collins has a good income. Elizabeth Bennett as the second eldest daughter and Mrs. Bennet being the mother of five unmarried daughters is desperate to see them all married. ...read more.

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The only real reason he came to Longbourn was to find a suitable wife that Lady Catherine De Bourgh would approve of but Elizabeth is not the suitable type to suit Lady Catherine de Bourgh. This proves that Mr. Collins is a foolish man marrying to obey Lady Catherine De Bourgh and marrying without getting to know his prospective wife. In the proposal scene Mr. Collins' ridiculous character is fully revealed to the reader. This is shown when it states 'He supposed it a regular part of the business.' Mr. Collins sees this as a business transaction, instead of having time for emotion, love or passion. Despite being a clergyman he is not above lying to Elizabeth, because he said he chose Elizabeth out of all the Bennet girls, when what actually happened was Mr. Collins notice Jane and after Mrs. Bennet told him, she was soon to be engaged, he switched to Jane to Elizabeth, while Mrs. Bennet was stirring the fire; this proves he is very sly, cunning and he does not care which girl he marries. When he makes his proposal is formal, he actually lists the reasons for wanting to marry which isn't what you do when you fall in love. ...read more.

Conclusion

Luckily when Charlotte Lucas came to visit the Bennets home and was informed about the refusal. Charlotte knew Mr. Collins was desperate to marry and because Charlotte was twenty seven and would have been called an 'old maid' at the time because she was getting old and was still unmarried. When Mr. Bennet proposes to Charlotte, she immediately accepts his offer. Elizabeth was shocked to hear that her best friend Charlotte was going to marry her idiotic cousin Mr. Collins. Charlotte Lucas' attitude to marriage was very different to her friends she says, 'I am not romantic you know. I only ask for a comfortable home; and considering Mr. Collins character, connections and situation in life.' This means that Charlotte does not care about marrying because you love the person, but marrying because you what a comfortable house to live in, this is totally different to Elizabeth's views, Elizabeth wants to marry for love and that you need to know them a fairly long time. Despite Mr. Collins warning to Elizabeth about the danger of remaining an old maid and that no one would want to marry her because her father could not pay a big dowry, but in fact Elizabeth proposed to by Mr. Darcy and did accepted the second time because she did fall in love and not because she wanted a nice home. She makes the best match of all ...read more.

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