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What do you think Jane Austin has to say about love and marriage in the novel 'Pride and Prejudice'? By referring to two or three relationships in detail, give you response.

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Pride and Prejudice What do you think Jane Austin has to say about love and marriage in the novel 'Pride and Prejudice'? By referring to two or three relationships in detail, give you response. In the present day, love and marriage, especially marriage, is thought of in a very diverse way compared to the 18th century. Without question, the most important thing for a happy relationship nowadays, is love. In 'Pride and Prejudice' Jane Austen writes that; "Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance and it is better to know as little as possible of there defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life." For many people love was not looked upon as the most important attribute for a good relationship, although Elizabeth and Jane Bennet thought it the most essential aspect of all. One other trait that is now looked upon in a considerably different way is marrying into a lower social group. In those days it was thought to ruin the family's social standing. Jane Austin depicts a society in which the sole function of middle class women seems to be to marry as 'well' as possible. Love and marriage are the main concern for the characters in the novel 'Pride and Prejudice' and for most of them love and marriage have to be acceptably sanctioned by society. Many different relationships grow throughout the novel, probably the most important one being that of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. ...read more.


Elizabeth and Darcy did not experience 'love at first site'. They share a growing love for one another. When Elizabeth is asked when she thought she really started to love Mr. Darcy, she wittily replies saying: "She felt to be mistress of Pemberly might be something" It is quite surprising that Elizabeth and Jane do achieve relationships involving love, compatibility and mutual respect, as that is certainly not the sort of relationship that their mother and father share. Austen portrays the family as primarily responsible for the moral education of children. Mr. and Mrs. Bennett's failure to provide this education for their daughters leads to the utter shamelessness, foolishness, and immorality of Lydia. Elizabeth and Jane have managed to develop virtue and strong characters in spite of the negligence of their parents, perhaps through the help of their studies and the good influence of Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner, who are the only relatives in the novel that take a serious concern in the girls' well-being and provide sound guidance. "Seriously, I would have you be on your guard. Do not involve yourself, or endeavour to involve him in affection which the want of fortune would make so very imprudent." Elizabeth and Jane look up to the Gardiners and hope to achieve a loving and happy marriage like theirs. Mrs. Bennet is an irritating woman whose main goal in life is to get her five daughters married. ...read more.


He initially shows a preference for Elizabeth, and she is pleased by his attentions and inclined to believe his story about Darcy. Yet while Wickham has the appearance of goodness and virtue, this appearance is deceptive. His true nature begins to show itself through his attachment to Miss King for purely mercenary purposes and then through Darcy's exposition of his past and through his elopement with Lydia, deceiving her to believe that he intends to marry her. Lydia Bennet is the youngest of the Bennet sisters; Lydia is foolish and flirtatious, given up to indolence and the gratification of every whim. She is the favourite of Mrs. Bennet, because the two have such similar characters. Lydia is constantly obsessed with the officers in the regiment, and sees no purpose to life beyond entertainment and diversion. She lacks any sense of virtue, propriety or good-judgment, as seen in her elopement with Wickham and her complete lack of remorse afterwards. Getting married for Lydia is more of a competition than anything. When she next sees her sisters she says: "Ah! Jane, I take your place now, and you must go lower because I am a married woman". She is very proud of herself that she is the youngest daughter, and the first married. In the entire novel, there are three couples who find love; Elizabeth and Darcy, Jane and Mr. Bingley, and the Gardiners. It is made quite obvious that the most happy and compatible marriages are the ones who marry for love, not for financial stability. ...read more.

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