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Pride and prejudice: Marriage then, ideally is a love match, and still ideally, more is involved- the character and fortune of the lover

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Matthew Walsh 10w4 23rd January 2005 Marriage then, ideally is a love match, and still ideally, more is involved- the character and fortune of the lover "Marriage then, ideally is a love match, and still ideally, more is involved- the character and fortune of the lover." Jane Austen made this quote when she was describing her idea of a perfect marriage. Her quote shows us that she knows that not all marriages will turn out like she would want them to, but she has an idea on what a marriage should be. The term 'ideally' means that it should be perfect and her ambition is very strong in what a marriage should turn out like, however her quote is opposed by practically. She thinks that marriage should be based around more then just love and it should be more on character. The term 'fortune' means that not all marriages are based around love and that sometimes fortune does come into it. This is perfectly demonstrated in Pride and Prejudice between Darcy and Elizabeth when Elizabeth first catches a glimpse of Pemberly and she falls in love with the house and then eventually with Darcy. The book pride and prejudice begins with an aphorism about marriage, which shows us that marriage had a lot of importance back when she was writing her book. Jane Austen's view on marriage is that in the right circumstances it is a wonderful thing and that everyone should be happy in a marriage, however if they do not fit the quote she has given, then it is not worth getting married. ...read more.

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She says to Elizabeth "I'm not a romantic; I never was. I only ask for a comfortable home." The tone of this quotation is like she is talking about a business and the way she seems to have financial security. When she says 'I am not a romantic' this shows us that there was no intention of love and she was never in love to begin with. When she uses the term 'considering' this tells us that she has found an all right marriage and thinks she has a good deal. The word 'connections' tell us that she is only interested in climbing the social ladder and this will give her a good window in what she wants to achieve. When she says 'I am convinced' this is telling us that she has had to force herself into thinking this is the right marriage and that there is no better deal out there for her. This quotation demonstrates that Charlotte was not looking for love but only for financial status and moving up the social ladder. However Mr Collins views this marriage as a way to impress his patron, Lady Catherine de bough. He does not think he is in love and he only went to visit Mr Bennet to find a wife. It seems he was bullied by Lady Catherine de bough because she was the one who said he should go out and look for a wife. Another example of a marriage, which fits Jane Austen's quote, is the relationship between Jane and Bingley. ...read more.

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I think that Austen's quote is very accurate and that if you do not have love and character a marriage cannot work. The way this quote works with the 21st century is very different. Now it is not essential to marry and you are not considered a social outcast if you do not marry. Even though it is legal to marry your cousin it is frowned upon and it is very uncommon to do this. Marriage these days is based on love more then just money and character is important. Women do not have to marry for financial security these days as they earn as much as men. Marriage has changed a lot since Jane Austen wrote pride and prejudice but there are still certain aspects of it that remain the same. These include marrying for love and beauty, which was the marriage structure for Jane and Bingley, and Elizabeth and Darcy. Some marriages are still based around fortune and financial security in the 21st century. The marriages of charlotte Lucas and Mr Collins was a financial marriage and so was the marriage between Lydia and Wickham as this got Wickham out of many debts he had. Pride and prejudice is a decent book if you can get into it and it shows the way marriages have changed over the years. It shows us how you cannot just marry for fortune, you have to marry for love otherwise your relationship will fail. The main purpose of this book is to demonstrate the way marriages work and fail. ...read more.

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