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Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen.

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Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice in 1813. She was born December 16th 1775 in Basingstoke, and died on 18th July 1817 in Winchester. Only four books of hers were published during her lifetime. These are Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Emma and Pride and Prejudice. This essay is about Courtship and Marriage in her very popular book Pride and Prejudice. Pride and Prejudice is about a mother, Mrs. Bennet and her five daughters. Mrs. Bennet's purpose is to marry off her daughters to suitable men. Her eldest daughter Jane, is her pride and joy and she is assured that Jane will gain herself a husband who, may be able to support her sisters as well as herself. The story is told through her sister Elizabeth, who is the only one who wishes to marry a man for love. Her younger sisters Lydia and Kitty are immature and very flirtatious. There are five marriages in this novel, these are The Bennets, The Gardiners, the Lucas's, the Collins's and the Wickhams. Pride and Prejudice's first sentence, "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife", introduces the theme of marriage and money. ...read more.

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While Mr. Collins is desperate for a wife. Nearly anyone will do in his opinion; "Independence of his character, for it led him to escape out of Longbourn House the next morning with admirable slyness, and hasten to Lucas Lodge to throw himself at her feet." He wants a respectable wife to make him look good. After they are married, Charlotte seems to be happy enough, she keeps a straight face and ignored her husband's silliness, "In general Charlotte wisely did not hear". She does her best to ignore any silly remarks made by Mr. Collins. She tries to keep Mr. Collins out of the way, for example, by encouraging him to do the gardening, "when Mr. Collins was forgotten, there was a great comfort throughout'. She likes peace and quiet without Mr. Collins. She is always loyal to him though. She never says anything bad about him. "Little had she dared to hope that so much love and eloquence awaited her". She respects him and knows he's to inherit Longbourn. She sees a lot of success for her. The Lucases are not very well off as they immediately allowed Charlotte to marry Mr. ...read more.

Conclusion

Bennet gives her a bad reputation with the more snobbish Darcys and Bingleys. When Lydia elopes with Wickham, Jane Austen treats reputation as a serious matter. By becoming Wickham's lover without marriage, Lydia steps outside the social standards and her disgrace threatens the Bennet family. Class is related to reputation and the lines of class are strictly drawn. The Bennets, who are middle class, may socialise with the upper class Bingleys and Darcys, but they are their social inferiors and are treated that way. Mr. Collins sees social class of utmost importance and his views are shared, among others, by Mr. Darcy, who believes dignity of his lineage; Miss Bingley dislikes anyone who is below her social class; and Wickham will do anything to get enough money to raise himself into a higher status. Mr. Collins views are the most extreme and the most obvious. The marriages of Darcy and Elizabeth, and Bingley and Jane, show the power of love and happiness overcoming the boundaries of class. There are two Courtship's' in Pride and Prejudice, those of Darcy and Elizabeth, and Jane and Bingley. There are also other small courtships within the book: Mr. Collins cancelled wooing of Elizabeth, followed by his successful wooing of Charlotte Lucas; Miss Bingley's unsuccessful attempt to attract Darcy, and Wickham trying to get together with Elizabeth and then Lydia. ...read more.

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