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'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen.

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G.C.S.E English Coursework - 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen This book explains the importance for women to be married in the 19th century. The women must be married or they have a very hard life. At this point in the time women of a higher class did not work. This means that they would not be able to support themselves after their father dies unless money has been left to them. In the case of Jane Austen herself she was in fact not married and had to be supported by her brother. There are financial considerations for both sexes if two people are to be married. A man who did not have much money would not marry a woman unless she had inherited a fortune to support them, especially if the man himself did not have a large income of his own. In the 18th and 19th century there was some complex 'unwritten rules' which families were supposed to abide to when arranging a marriage. They must have certain "connections" of the same social status or the marriage may be looked down on by others. This is basically saying that rich people should marry rich people and not so wealthy people should marry not so wealthy people. ...read more.

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Darcy to marry her daughter Lady Anne de Bourgh. This would have united the families and put them into a higher social status. Miss. Bingley wants Bingley to marry Georgiana Darcy so it would bring their families closer together. This would (she thought) give her more chance of marrying Darcy. This would be a very large convenience for her, for Darcy is very wealthy and of a higher social status then the Bingley family. Pride and Prejudice also demonstrates courtships/ and marriages which are based upon appearances and infatuation. This is shown when Elizabeth takes interest in Wickham, and in the marriage which Wickham later has with Lydia. These courtships/ marriages are based purely on the sexually attraction between the characters. There is also the marriage of Mr. Bennet and Mrs. Bennet. Jane Austen makes it clear that the passion of the moment is a poor foundation for lasting happiness. Mr. Bennet had been 'captivated by youth and beauty' but Mrs. Bennets 'weak understanding and illiberal mind' stopped any lasting affection. Then final example of a type of marriage in Pride and Prejudice is the courtships/marriages which are based on love and mutual respect. ...read more.

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pleased; and not all his large estate in Derbyshire could then save him from having a most forbidding, disagreeable countenance, and being unworthy to be compared with his friend". It is not only what she believes to be pride in Darcy's character that makes her judge him harshly, but also her prejudice against him because of the lies Wickham has told her. Darcy sees this fault of prejudice in Elizabeth, stating that her defect is "willfully to misunderstand everybody." In the end Elizabeth realizes her folly in trusting her first impressions and prejudices about the men, and states, "how despicably have I acted... I, who have prided myself on my discernment, - I, who have valued myself on my abilities..." These explanations of the characters show the diversity in reasons for marriage at the time when the book was written. I actually find some of the reasons quite disgusting and not flattering for the persons whom someone has chosen to marry. Marrying someone for there money was thought as something that was common and not as shameful. This fact I find quite disgusting, how somebody could abuse someone's trust if they did think that they married for love. Marrying for looks is also something that I do not think highly of. Nate Cummings 10A ...read more.

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