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'Pride & Prejudice' - 'It Is a Truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.'

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Jaime Garrett 'Pride & Prejudice' 'It Is a Truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.' This is the first sentence of 'Pride and Prejudice' and is the most infamous opening of any English novel. 'Pride and Prejudice' was written by Jane Austin in 1797 but was not published until 1813 because it was not deemed respectable that young women could write novels. Girl's education was not of any importance to their parents, it was usually the boys who were sent to school and the girls stayed at home where a governess (or more commonly their mother) was employed to direct their education to making them a good value in the evening circle. The Bennet sisters were taught at home by their mother when they were very young as Mrs. Bennet could not see the need for a governess when the family had a library full of books where the girls could learn if they wished 'Pride and Prejudice' is the story of five young women and their mother, Mrs. Bennet who believes that her one job in life is to marry off her daughters to suitable men. ...read more.

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of the fact that she has been bought up with a mother and father who show absolutely no affection for one another. The result of Elizabeth refusing Mr. Collins proposal does not help Mrs. Bennets plans to find suitors for her daughter, she is still left with five daughters un-married. Jane is still getting to know Mr. Bingley, Elizabeth has no prospects and two of the three younger sisters are busy chasing the officers who are staying in the village. Unfortunately when everything is beginning to fall into place for Jane, Mr. Bingley leaves Netherfield for London. This results in a huge problem for the family. Elizabeth leaves for London to stay with her aunt and Jane leaves also with another aunt to go and see Mr. Bingley. On top of all this, Lydia leaves for Brighton with the Colonel and his wife. While Elizabeth is away, she learns that it was Mr. Darcy who prevented Jane's and Mr. Bingleys relationship from developing any further, his reason being because of Jane's rather weak social standing. Suddenly an event happens that could change the lives of the Bennet family forever. Lydia has run away with Mr. Wickham and her actions are threatening the likeliness of any of the daughters from being respectably married. ...read more.

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When Darcy returned to Netherfield he bought with him, Mr. Bingley. Mrs. Bennet refused to want anything to do with Mr. Bingley but as soon as she realised that he was there to see Jane, she changed her mind quickly. Elizabeth was ashamed now Mr. Darcy was there, she was unsure how to act or what to say. When Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth were walking into the town it was obvious that Elizabeth's feeling towards Mr. Darcy had changed since he gave her the letter. As the two were walking their conversation moved onto the letter that Darcy had given Elizabeth Mr. Darcy asked, "If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever." Here Mr. Darcy shows much more respect for Elizabeth than in his first proposal, he considers her feelings, and he tells her his feelings Throughout the novel Jane Austen clearly conveys her judgment of the characters and their actions through their marriages. She does not like characters who do not abide by the general characteristics of the era as the only marriage she completely denounces is Lydia's to Wickham. Through Elizabeth and Darcy's marriage, Austen shows that romance is not the key to falling in love, it is your respect for others. ...read more.

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