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Pride and Prejudice In the 19th century women were vulnerable with many problems because of their sex. In Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" it shows what life was like for men and women. It also portrays love and marriage from social attitudes for marriage and money. It also shows distinct attitudes and expectations with regard to marriage which affects women in many diverse ways. In the typical family women would rely on their husband's income as they were not allowed to work. However if you weren't married you depend on your father or brother all your life and mostly end up as an old spinster , who would be very poor as she would have no right on anything in the family . She would be a burden for them. Women would often marry for money rather than true love. In their society it was crucial to get their daughters married off as soon as possible to "rich" and "handsome" men. Women didn't have the right to choose because they were expected to say yes to anyone who proposed to them. However the lead heroine Elizabeth Bennet is an independent, humorous and outrageous, she is totally different from normal girls her age. ...read more.


She told him to 2 Marry a gentle women for my sake, and for your own sake, let her be active useful sort of person, not bought up high". So he thought that Elizabeth fits these reason for the marriage was it would solve all his from inheriting the Bennet estate as he will be marrying one of the daughters. His attitude towards marriage tells us a lot about the expectations from women in the 19th century. Whereas women are supposed to be modest and out spoken, as he suggests to Elizabeth to suppress her wit and vivacity "You will find her manners beyond anything I can describe and your wit and vivacity I think must be acceptable to her to say yes no matter what as women's answer weren't important as the men's. But when Elizabeth refuse he doesn't understand and thinks he likes him secretly but is denying for fun "that it is usual with young ladies to reject the addresses of the men whom they secretly mean to accept" In Pride and Prejudice Mr Darcy is the second Man who proposes to Elizabeth. He is much different from Mr Collins. He is really wealthy, handsome, from the city London and is very pride. ...read more.


This is shown why in the book daughters are burdens for their parents and brothers who don't want to look after their own sister when she is old and incapable of anything. This was the main reason of Charlotte's marriage to Mr Collins, to relief her family worries, so that the other sisters could come out early and reassure her brothers. Despite her not liking or being in love with Mr Collins as she held a very low impression of him "Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance" she treated it like a business no her life. On the other hand Elizabeth was true to her principles, twice she refused financial security, one man who was going to inherit her house and one was the richest man mentioned. She didn't give money importance even though it was necessary to survive but she still remained patient and was rewarded by marrying a changed Mr Darcy. Finally life would be very difficult if women weren't financially independent, she would practically ask for money everyday or if she wanted to buy something. Bur in the modern world today women are well educated and have will paid jobs and even own their own businesses. Today's women are far more independent but much more successful and demanding. They earn themselves and don't need a man to dominate their lives. ...read more.

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