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What aspects of marriage are present In Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice. There are lots of aspects of marriages in Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice. There are marriages of love, convenience, physical attraction and mercenary. The marriage between Mr. Wickham and Lydia is partly due to physical attraction and mercenary. The marriage between Elizabeth ad Mr. Darcy and Jane and Mr. Bingley are due to love. The marriage between Mr. Collins and Charlotte Lucas is base on convenience. The Marriage between Mr and Mrs Bennet is also due to physical attraction. The novel was set in 1796 and was published in 1813. The England during this period of time was far more class conscious. The main characters in this novel come from a class called gentry; this is the class above the emerging professional class and below aristocracy. Class was more to do with breeding than with wealth. Rules were set for everything, rules for dressing, rules for travelling, rules or introducing yourself to others and rules for behaving. In this period of time women were not allowed to work. ...read more.


The relationship between Lydia and Mr. Wickham is partly based on physical attraction and partly mercenary. Mr.Wickham's character is very manipulative and scheming. Lydia's character is very loud, silly and childish. Mr. Wickham's aim is to gain money. He had planned to run away with Miss. Darcy in order to get her money. The only reason why he agreed to marry Lydia was because Mr. Darcy agreed to pay off all his debts and pay him thousands of pounds. You could see that Mr. Wickham has no feelings for Lydia "... Mr. Wickham's affection for Lydia was just what Elizabeth had expected to find; not equal to Lydia's for him...". You could see that they were not very compatible. Lydia married Wickham because she was attracted to him. She wanted to marry an officer and to be the first one married out of her sisters "... Ah! Jane, I take your place now, and you must go lower, because I am the married one ..." . She is also trying to imply to her sisters that her status in the family is higher as she is the first one to be married "...Is he not a charming man? ...read more.


There were many marriages in this novel. There are marriages of love, convenience, physical attraction and mercenary. The marriage of Elizabeth and Darcy and Jane and Bingley was a balance between the head and the heart while the marriage between Charlotte and Mr. Collins was not love. The marriage between Mr. and Mrs Bennet was neither, the marriage between Mr.Wickham and Lydia was partly head and passion. Jane Austen's view on marriage was very simple; the key to a successful marriage was a right balance of the head and the heart. However Jane Austen or her sisters never got married themselves. I personally think that Jane and Bingley's marriage and Elizabeth and Darcy's marriage is most likely to be successful as both of the people in this marriage understand and love each other. I agree with Jane Austen's view on marriage. She put her point across to the reader by showing that first impressions are not always true. People who believe in love tend to believe in love at first sight however in this novel the main character, Elizabeth judges some people wrong and some right e.g. she thought Mr. Wickham was the victim. This shows that there is something more than love that makes a relationship successful. ?? ?? ?? ?? Priya Patel 10E ...read more.

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