• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen wrote six novels in all, and each of them is about courtship and marriage during the early nineteenth century. Pride and Prejudice is a comic novel; the ironic opening sentence sets the tone, outlines the plot and states the theme of social criticism: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." In this novel, marriage is seen as market, and the young women are its merchandise. In this novel eight people become married. I shall examine two of these relationships and will decide on whether or not the individuals are suitably paired. I have chosen to review the relationships between Mr. Collins and Charlotte Lucas and also Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. I have chosen these two in particular to show a contrast, marrying for love and marrying for material possessions items. Firstly I will discuss the Collinses' relationship. This is a relationship where each individual uses the other for personal gain. Mr Collins gets a wife and Charlotte gets an establishment. ...read more.

Middle

Mr Collins does all the talking while she just smiles and nods her head. Both husband and wife appear to be content, however, and the marriage appears to be stable and harmonious. The second marriage that I am going to discuss is that of Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. This relationship is somewhat of a roller coaster relationship, which doesn't get off on the right foot as Elizabeth overhears Mr Darcy's first impression of her as being, "tolerable but not quite handsome enough to tempt me." Elizabeth on hearing this takes a dislike to Darcy, describing him as "bitter and rude" and believing "that he fancied himself." There are similarities between these two characters as they are both capable of justified and unjustified forms of pride but as time goes by the icy relationship thaws, but this takes time to happen. Mr Darcy and his cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam come to visit their aunt Lady Catherine. In a private conversation Colonel Fitzwilliam informs Elizabeth that Mr Darcy "saved a friend (Mr Bingley) from the inconveniences of a most imprudent marriage." Fitzwilliam does not realise what the consequences may be from what he has just told Elizabeth. ...read more.

Conclusion

Lady Catherine stepped out. She came solely to warn Elizabeth to stay away from Mr Darcy as he was to be engaged to her daughter. Elizabeth was not put off by this threat. A short time later, Mr Bennet received a later from Mr Collins congratulating him on the engagement of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy even though Elizabeth was not yet aware of Mr Darcy's feelings. Mr Darcy came back with Mr Bingley to shoot at Netherfield. It was not long before he and Elizabeth found themselves alone. While talking together Mr Darcy apologised for his behaviour towards her. He then asked if her feelings had changed since he had last proposed. If they had not changed then one word "would silence him on the matter for the rest of his life." To his delight Elizabeth said that her feelings had indeed changed and, as simply as that they were engaged. From this point onwards, it was clear that if they were married, the prospects for success were high. Their relationship overcome many trials, which could have ruined any possible chance of happiness but Elizabeth brought out the best in Mr Darcy and he adored her all the more. They eventually married and lived a happy life together. Their "love" never failed. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Jane Austen section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Jane Austen essays

  1. "Pride and Prejudice" Elizabeth's visit to Pemberley.

    What contrast did it offer to his last address at Rosing is park, when he put his letter into her hand! She knew not what to think, nor how to account for it". We are again reminded of the beauty of the grounds which shows the tasteful balance between nature

  2. Portrayal of Marriage in Pride and Prejudice.

    'She had been blind, partial, prejudice, absurd.' From now on Elizabeth's attitude to Darcy starts to change. She now feels gratitude and respect for Darcy but does not love him or like him. When Elizabeth goes with the Gardiners to Derbyshire they visit Pemberley, Darcy's house. The house impresses her.

  1. Examine the different marriage relationships and attitudes towards marriage presented in 'Pride and Prejudice'. ...

    no means unlike" and "You are each of you so complying, that nothing will be resolved on, so easy, that every servant will cheat you, and so generous, that you will always exceed your income". Jane and Mr Bingley's courtship is fairly long as they first meet at the Meryton

  2. Discuss Jane Austen's treatment of the theme of marriage in Pride and Prejudice.

    In some ways Charlotte is right as knowing someone's character completely won't change who they are but it will cause you to know how to deal with your partner's faults and it helps you to know whether you are compatible which is what Austen believes is the most important thing.

  1. How far does the theme of prejudice dominate the novels "Pride and Prejudice" by ...

    expressions of hers would seem too long_ winded today and seem very clumsy. The major themes in "Pride and "Prejudice is pride and prejudice itself. As said in the words of Mary at the beginning of the novel 'human nature is particularly prone to pride' in the novel pride prevents

  2. Explore Jane Austen's presentation of Mr Darcy in the Pride and the Prejudice

    Elizabeth is shocked. She rudely refuses and rebukes him for the ungentlemanlike manner in which he proposed, as well as for preventing the marriage of Bingley and Jane and for ill-treating Wickham. Darcy is shocked because he had assumed she would accept.

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    socially improved herself as even though Mr Collins is a complete fool he is a gentleman, also she will have financial stability as Mr Collins owns his own home and will inherit Longbourn estate in the near future. In contrast to the marriage of Charlotte and Mr Collins is the

  2. "Examine the decisions, about their futures, made by the women characters in "Pride and ...

    Respect, esteem, and confidence had vanished forever;' Despite this fact he did not resort to drinking, gambling or other pleasures like some men do. Instead he indulges himself in ridiculing his wife, who does not seem to realise it, in front of their daughters.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work