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Romeo and Juliet and Pride and Prejudice comparison of extracts on marriage and obedience

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In pride and prejudice extract we see how in this scene Austen presents Mrs Bennet as a very manipulative and devious character when Mrs Bennet says ??A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year, what a fine thing for our girls!??. The words ?? large fortune?? imply just how determined she is of marrying the girls to a prosperous man as she can?t afford to raise her daughters. This also could imply that she would now be able to almost boast about her daughters as they would be marrying well-known wealthy men. We also see how Mrs Bennet has no concern about her daughters? thoughts about this as she is too eager about getting them married and only cares about the financial side of things. This is different to Romeo and Juliet, as Lord Capulet always has Juliet?s best interest at heart when making decisions. ...read more.

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The word ??fine?? implies that her daughter would be looked after and healthy; which shows that Mrs Bennet does have a little concern for them. Mrs Bennet does want the best for her daughters and wants them to have everything that she didn?t have, so this may be an opportunity she can?t let go of. She has good intentions but however presents them in a negative way which makes her seem very inconsiderate and manipulative. In Romeo and Juliet act 3 scene 5, this is where Lord Capulet changes and turns on Juliet. In this scene we know that Lord Capulet cannot contain his anger when Juliet rejects Paris to be with Romeo. Lord is baffled about Juliet?s decision as women in this era were supposed to follow the orders from their father as they were the authority of the house. ...read more.

Conclusion

Furthermore, Lord Capulet is good friends with Paris, and after promising that Juliet would marry him, this would make him look like a fool to Paris. Moreover, Lord Capulet treats Juliet as an object as he refers to her ??you?? because now he has absolutely no respect for her. This could also suggest that he cannot stand to even say her name once more; which shows just how much hatred he has for Juliet in this scene. The words ?green-sickness carrion?? imply that Juliet is a sickly corpse and is also suggesting that Juliet is practically dead to Lord Capulet. Also, she is a sickness that will spread which is why he repeats that he want her ??out??. In this scene Lord Capulet doesn?t make much sense and uses words which are difficult to understand so this may show that he is not cognizant of anything he?s saying in this scene as he is furious with Juliet and says whatever comes to his mind. ...read more.

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