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What do we learn about the theme of love and marriage in the first 45 pages of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice?

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What do we learn about the theme of love and marriage in the first 45 pages of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice? Pride and Prejudice was written at the time when France was at war (the battle of Waterloo). A lady called Jane Austen wrote it. She was about the age of 17. Jane wrote a lot of her story on the themes of love and marriage. This is the main theme in the book. Even though she never experienced marriage she was very fascinated in it. Women during this era in time if weren't married were thought of as being poor. Therefore finding a man at this age was one of women's main priorities. Most single women were usually either working though acting or teachers. These jobs were really looked down on mainly by the men. ...read more.


But as we read on through the novel a prefect occasion comes along for Mrs Bennet to set her daughters up with men. Along come a dance where the will be a hand full of men from the richest to the middle class. Mrs Bennet's has a great expectation for her daughters to get the best. One of the daughters, Elizabeth, who is known by everyone as the silly and load character, is introduced to a gentleman called Mr Darcy, a wealthy aristocrat. At first sight, Elizabeth decides that Mr Darcy is an arrogant and unpleasant man. He is equally horrified by the vulgarity of her relations. There are also other gentlemen such as Mr George Wickham, a dashing and unscrupulous officer and her obsequious cousin, the Reverend Mr William Collins, also pursue Elizabeth. Elizabeth is unimpressed by the "stateliness of money and rank" but shows a keen interest in studying individual's behaviour, as she remarks herself those complex characters are the most amusing, "... ...read more.


She forces the men on to them introducing her daughters to the richest at the dance. As well as this she sets up smaller other occasions of close intercourse with men such as not ordering a carriage. We could relate to her as a "planner". You also have Jane a really quite and shy character who tries not to show here feeling towards any of the other man character. My whole view on marriage and love during the first 45 pages is that some of the female characters are playing a whorish role because the more money the better man. This is even seen with Lizzy even though she plays hard to get at first. My overall view that she finally falling in love with Darcy was because of the money he had. Some of these scenes of marriage are also seen in today's relationship but its not a noticeable and not as rare. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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