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Pride and Prejudice - Marriage.

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Pride and Prejudice- Marriage Jane Austen's book of 'Pride and Prejudice' involves the marriages of the Bennet daughters'- how they behave to marriage proposals and how marriage is the social topic of the week-every week. Throughout this novel we can deduce what Jane Austen's view is on marriage. Jane Austen shows a variety of marriages throughout the novel, and shows the pitfalls of marriage simply to please society and to ensure financial security. She tells us how marriage is very important for daughters and their families- how they need to stay in the class they were born in. Jane Austen viewed that when a gentleman came into the town, people "little know the feelings or views of such a man may be entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters." When Mr Bingley comes into the town- he becomes the match for Jane- the eldest of the Bennet daughters. His arrival makes the mother of the family very excited, as he would ensure that Jane would be financially secure for the rest of her life and would save the family from poverty. When Bingley first dances with Miss Bennet, he describes her to Darcy as being "the most beautiful creature I have ever beheld." This match is said to be 'love at first sight.' ...read more.

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At first she thinks of him being too proud and too stuck-up, only thinking about himself and taking no account of other people's feelings and emotions. When Mrs Bennet first sees Darcy she describes him of being "most disagreeable, horrid man... so high and deceited." That is how strongly she felt towards Darcy. Yet her opinion of Darcy changes again when she discovers that Elizabeth and Darcy have fallen in love and are going to get married. When Elizabeth informs her mother of her marriage, her mother was "unable to utter a syllable." Then she bursts out and asks Elizabeth. "Is it really true? How rich and how great you will be! What pin money, what jewels, and what carriages you will have! Jane is nothing to it... such a charming man! So handsome, so tall..." Mrs Bennet's aim in life was to get her daughters married to wealthy men and is overjoyed when her dream comes alive. She compares Elizabeth's husband-to-be wealth to Jane's, saying that she will be richer than Jane, and how many riches she will have more than Jane. Austen views marriage in that there needs to be some control and balance of feelings, because without this balance, the marriage isn't stable. There needs to be this balance in order for there to be happiness in the marriage. An example of this can be of the marriage of Charlotte and Mr Collins. ...read more.

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Jane Austen made Lydia and Wickham elope, to show how wrong it can be; both socially, and how it can affect the marriage of the couple emotionally and financially. I think that from this we can tell that if Jane Austen had children she would have had made sure that the marriages in her family would obey the 'rules.' Society in the 21st century puts less pressure that people- especially women must get married. One of the main differences is of course that women had much less independence than they have now. A woman's aim in life, in the 18th century was to get herself a rich husband. I think Jane Austen would have a huge shock if she were to find out that now-a-days society accepts sex before marriage, same sex partners, and single parents. Back then people in the upper class society didn't really accept anyone who wasn't married; nowadays people accept that some women make the choice in not getting married, and society does not have a big impact upon these marriages. Women of that class had to get married in the 18th century because if they didn't, their family were looked down upon. Women in upper class families, used to spend their time sewing, knitting and reading, so they had to get married to have financial support. Now it is not unusual for women not to work and to have their own money, and fewer people are choosing to get married. Rozina Shafi 10Y April 2000 ...read more.

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