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The Theme of Marriage in Jane Austen's novel of 'Pride and Prejudice.'

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Introduction

The Theme of Marriage Marriage has been one of the main themes portrayed in Jane Austen's novel of 'Pride and Prejudice.' The author skilfully discusses, through most of her characters about the general views on marriage, the usual outcomes of marriage and most of the general problems the low class people are facing in marriage. There are four marriages in the novel and each of them differs in the way they are set out. The author speaks about marriage right in the first sentence of the first chapter emphasizing the importance she has given to the theme of marriage in her novel. She says that "it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single main in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife," an aphorism that offers an ironic statement of the theme of marriage (and more themes) of the novel. The topics of marriage (and money) are introduced in relation to 'truth' who should acknowledge it. The aphorism states that money is one of the favourable factors for marriage and a warning is made about the uncertainties of marriage. Different ideas about marriage are discussed through many characters. Mrs. Bennet is portrayed as a woman who desperately wants her five daughters to be married for her ambition is to see 'her daughters married.' ...read more.

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Then he changes his mind quickly and proposes to Charlotte Lucas and is accepted. The fact that he has made two proposals and admired three ladies in one week surprises the Bennet family. His speech to Lizzy is artificial and he breaks his feelings into points, which are unsuitable in a proposal for marriage. He threatens Lizzy with economic realities of marriage. His switching over to another lady after being refused by one in a short period of time indicates his shallow feelings towards marriage and love. His marriage is selfish and perfectly unsuitable. Mr. Bingley is a charming, handsome and rich man from North. He is very romantic and believes in traditional romantic love; falling in love from the first sight of a woman. He discontinues his love as he is told by Darcy that Jane doesn't appropriately return his affection. He allows his friends to decide on his affairs, even his marriage. This shows his inability to make crucial decisions and surprises the reader when this is going to cause him a loss of a good future partner to him. His sister, Miss. Bingley's opinion of marriage can be easily made clear with one word; mercenary. Mrs. Hurst, another sister of Bingley, shows her lack of taste by marrying a lazy and useless man like Mr. Hurst. Jane, an amiable, beautiful and clever girl is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. ...read more.

Conclusion

As a usual lover and hero he goes on admiring her for whatever she does. Then after her refusal for his proposal he realises his pride and prejudice and changes himself into a good humoured man. Then he keeps on helping Elizabeth, making sure that she realises how important he is to her. At last they marry and find long lasting contentment. He impresses Lizzy by his generosity and caring. At the beginning he felt in love with Lizzy for her beauty, but after his first proposal he tries to understand her and does it well. If he had wished, he could have married a girl better than Lizzy with better fortune, but he didn't. This shows his deep feelings towards her and evidently promises the reader that his matrimony with Lizzy will be as happy and smooth as he has wished. The novel starts with conversation between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet about Mr. Bingley marrying one of their daughters and ends with the marriage of Elizabeth and Darcy. The theme of marriage lies in the heart of the novel. The author distinguishes between successful and unsuccessful marriages through different marriages mentioned in the novel. Jane Austen clearly explains the role of money and social connections affecting the socially inferior class marriages. She also clearly reveals the husband hunting women at the seventeenth century as being foolish. Austen says that to make a marriage successful understanding between the couple is very important along with fortune connections, etc. ...read more.

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