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Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen written in the early 1800s. Jane Austen never got married and died into her late forties, shortly after writing her novel

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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen written in the early 1800s. Jane Austen never got married and died into her late forties, shortly after writing her novel. This popular novel tells the story of young middle class women, who are required to think upon the possibility of finding and marrying a suitable husband that will provide and fulfil all of their needs. Money is a particularly important aspect for a relationship to occur and succeed; women were always in the constant search for men who were financially stable, and who would be able to grant them with the economic stability and luxury they longed for. Furthermore, a union with an influential man would help other family members such as younger sisters find a respectable husband or suitor. This evidently tells us that almost all marriages were made for interest and not for love, therefore as it was not a union of love; men were able to obtain a higher and more influential position of power in the home and society. Middle class women who didn't get married on time or didn't find a "proper" husband, would end up living in poor unworthy conditions and be called the common name of "spinster", a term very much feared by the protective mothers and young women themselves. ...read more.

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Perhaps her mother believes that some day she could marry someone worthy of her beauty without lacking a fortune and luxuries to spoil her with. Despite the change in plans in Mr Collins "schedule", he manages to overcome his desire for Jane, and opts for Elizabeth, who is not far from being as perfect as her sister. She is mature, modest and intelligent, which probably explains why Mr Collins wasn't reluctant to accept her as a wife. Another factor which contributed to his choice is that she belongs to his social class, and is consequently not used to special commodities, Mr Collins would not be able to afford. "Your modesty, so far from doing you any disservice, rather adds to your other perfections." He admires Elizabeth's ability to be modest and humble in her actions and behaviour in front of guests and unfamiliar faces. Referring back to the matter of social classes and the effect Lady Catherine has on Mr Collins, we learn that in one of her recommendations, she advises him to find a woman who is uncomplicated and rather simple, "not brought up high, but able to make a small income go a good way." By making this remark, Lady Catherine shows her awareness with regards to Mr Collins low income and inability to provide luxuries and commodities to an affluent future wife. Therefore Elizabeth would make a perfect match, in the eyes of Mr Collins and Lady Catherine. ...read more.

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Also that marriage was more of a materialistic matter rather than a romantic proof of love. Mr Darcy was very confident that Elizabeth would never reject a proposition like his. He thought that his money was able to buy someone's affection, but was proved wrong because Elizabeth was true to her morals and perhaps noticed that he was overconfident thanks to his money and desirability from other women. However this does not mean that she was insensitive because she was well aware of the man that was proposing to her. "To the compliment of such man's affection". I suspect that she felt flattered by the adjectives used to describe his passion for her. But certainly wasn't enough to make her reconsider and choose him as a future husband To conclude this essay I feel it's necessary to understand what Jane Austen wants to tell us, about relationships, marriage and proposals in the nineteenth century. To show us, she uses women like Charlotte Lucas, who end up marrying men like Mr Collins only because it may be the best possible option or an adequate alternative to relief financial burden. Also that Elizabeth is brave enough to decline an attractive marriage proposal, only to be true to her principals and ideology of real commitment, compromise and true love. Furthermore Austen shows us how life would be like for women in the early nineteenth century if they were not financially stable. Most importantly she shows us the seriousness of marriage and the effects it can cause. ...read more.

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