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To what extent is Austen critical of the impact of social values on the development of the two main relationships? Bingley and Jane, Darcy and Elizabeth.

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To what extent is Austen critical of the impact of social values on the development of the two main relationships? Bingley and Jane, Darcy and Elizabeth. I think that social values of Darcy's family affect Darcy and Elizabeth's relationship the most because he is from a richer background than she is. Although this is also the case between Jane and Bingley, we find out later in the novel that this is not so much of an issue for Bingley. This is why the relationship develops more quickly than Elizabeth and Darcy. She is critical because she ignores the fact that the social values of the upper class society of that time, would make it difficult for the relationship to proceed and develop. The same problem occurs in the relationship between Bingley and Jane, except it would be made slightly easier to develop the relationship because they can see that they are in love with each other, unlike Darcy and Elizabeth. The two relationships are very different in the way they develop. ...read more.


I feel that Darcy's relations feel that Bingley is lowering his status by marrying the daughter of a lower class family. If the Bingley's had not left Netherfield to go back to London, then Darcy would have not withheld the information that Jane was in London, maybe Bingley and Jane would have got married before they did. This was a negative turning point on both of the relationships, because Lizzy was not very happy about what Darcy did to Bingley and Jane's relationship, and so she refused to consent to marry Darcy over this fact when he Proposed, I think, although she only finds out this later in the novel. This was a negative factor on the Bingley and Jane's relationship, because she thought he didn't care for her any more because he could not make the time to go and visit her. She is critical of social values at this point because she ignores the fact that although Darcy and Lizzy still are arguing, Lizzy is so Stubborn to admit her love to Darcy, and is therefore denying the feelings that she definitely has for him, and this is obvious to the reader. ...read more.


Lizzy still refuses him and asks why he is 'offending' and 'insulting' her with such a remark, thinking that this is just a sick kind of joke that he would take pleasure in playing. She even accuses him of 'ruining' her sister chances of marriage, although we later find out in the novel, that Bingley and Jane work around this problem. Austen is Critical of the upper class social values once more because obviously Lizzy is much more fastidious than Charlotte, who only wants to marry so she can be settled down and have money, so she says no now, but then she proposes to him and Darcy, possibly, wonders why. In all I think Jane Austen obviously does not like the social values of the upper class of society, and has no problem in showing it in this amazing novel. Austen sends a slight message across telling people not to follow the society, and follow their heart. I believe that now, thanks to Jane Austen. I also get the slightest feeling that she wrote this book in contempt towards Georgian society, which denied her the feeling, which both relationships on the book felt, of true love. Adam Petford ...read more.

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