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pride and prejudice, wealth and status

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EXAMINE THE IMPORTANCE OF WEALTH AND STATUS. HOW DOES THE WRITE REVEAL THESE? In pride and prejudice, there is a great importance of wealth and status. To examine it we need to look at the characters of the novel very closely. At the time that pride and prejudice was set, people were judged according to how much wealth they have and how high their status is within the society. The thing that affected status most was marriage. Being a married woman would give you a higher status than someone who was unmarried. In the novel, this is proved when Lydia says to her eldest sister Jane, 'Ah Jane, I take your place now, and you must go lower, because I am a married woman'. Lydia now thinks that her status is higher than all her sisters now because she is married, even though she is the youngest in her family. Although marriage increased status, it was still unusual to get married to someone who was not at your status. Seeing as the Bennets did not have as much status, and Bingley and Darcy did, it was strange for any of the couple to mix. ...read more.

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She wanted her own daughter to marry him, seeing as this would increase their status and wealth a lot. In addition, Darcy was Lady Catherine's nephew, so all the wealth would stay in the family. Lady Catherine told Elizabeth that she did not wish for her and Darcy to get married because Elizabeth's family did not have a lot of wealth and status. A woman travelling alone is also not a good way of increasing status. When Elizabeth walked to Netherfield by herself, everyone looked down at her, 'To walk three miles, or four miles or five miles whatever it is above her ankles in dirt, and alone, quite alone'. By the repetition of the word 'alone' shows how bad it is for women to travel alone. Another thing that deeply brings down the status is running away with someone. An example of this in the novel is when Lydia runs away with Wickham. If anyone had found out about it, it would have deeply cut the Bennet's reputation. The only way they could make up for it was to get married to the person you ran away with. ...read more.

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When the Bingley sisters discovered that Jane's uncle worked in London, they mocked at her behind her back. This scene shows us that people who worked for their money, in the past were looked at degradingly. Through analysing 'Pride and Prejudice' and all of its characters, I can confirm that wealth and status were extremely important at the time that the novel was written. Jane Austen is constantly showing us examples of its importance. I have spoken about many of them in my essay. Using all the examples, we can imagine life in the eighteenth century. Gaining money and wealth was a difficult task but losing it was quite much easier. This meant that the people would have to watch every step they took. If you ever lost your status, it would be very hard to get it back. This would have an affect on the marriages of the families that are to take place in the future. The ending of the novel is ironic because the marriages that take place at the end are breaking society's rule of not getting to someone at your own status. ?? ?? ?? ?? Candidate Name: Touba Jamil Centre No.: 28345 Candidate No.:0034 English Coursework - 1 - ...read more.

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