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Pride and Prejudice

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Pride & Prejudice Jane Austen's novel 'pride & prejudice' is like a modern day soap opera all about "men, matrimony & love". Austen satirizes how the society of the regency period utilized marriage proposals as business transactions this is because the majority of a pragmatist & conventional woman's wealth depended on how well she married. Austen utilizes undeniably stupid characters like Mr. Collins to portray the sheer desperation women of the genteel class faced to marry well. However the character Elizabeth Bennet is unconventional and an idealist so this puts everything into a different perspective... Would you marry for money? Would you truly be happy? Would you love him? I don't think so! Austen portrays the difficulties facing women during the regency period utilizing the character Elizabeth Bennet. Elizabeth, an unconventional idealist refuses Mr. Collins because she believes that marriage should be based on love and should not be seen as a business contract, which is the way Mrs. Bennet conveys it "a single man of large fortune" is the ideal man who could offer stability and a comfortable home. ...read more.


Darcy made it very clear that she would not be accepted into his family because she had no money and was therefore inferior compared to him; "you will not be mentioned amongst my relations". Later when she accepts his offer, the marriage is now based on love and equality. Many readers by now will be taking a liking to the character Elizabeth because of her determination to be in a marriage with someone who will fulfill her happiness. Austen juxtaposes the refusal & acceptance of Darcy to show that Elizabeth is not seeking a marriage proposal to save her family but instead wants the happiness that she deserves. Austen questions what marriage is & mocks the way people were desperate to get a proposal. The amount of money you had & the land you owned decided your status & how much you were respected so "I do not pretend to possess equal frankness with your ladyship" conveys that this is true to some extent. Austen shows the range of attitudes society had towards marriage, satirizing the character Mrs. ...read more.


In comparison to charlotte, Elizabeth is witty, unconventional & an idealist. Austen satirizes different attitudes towards marriage & love through the characters Elizabeth & Charlotte. The unique determination that Elizabeth has to be able to refuse the very wealthy Mr. Darcy because of his arrogance shows that she is unconventional. Austen utilizes dialogue to portray the true desperation, women of the regency period faced to get a good marriage proposal. Austen satirizes, humorously how desperate women of the middle class were to marry well, even if they were stupid like Mr. Collins. So yes money was everything! To recapitulate, the novel 'Pride &Prejudice' explores the concepts of marriage. The didactic of the novel is not to have a revolution but to keep stability, peace & harmony in society without marriage being "the only allowed route to financial security". Austen is advocating change. This is why she chose to write about two, completely different characters to reflect the choices women had to make & what the consequences were. Women would throw themselves at the feet of wealthy men with a high status & men would try to marry women with a large dowry. So Jane Austen, revolutionary? Well maybe a little bit! ...read more.

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