• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What does Jane Austen tell us about the way she views marriage in her society in 'Pride and Prejudice'?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Pride and Prejudice What does Jane Austen tell us about the way she views marriage in her society in 'Pride and Prejudice'? A ) Pride and Prejudice is a novel that is about wealth and love and status. Jane Austen, the author of pride and prejudice is seen by many as one of the most significant writers of the century. This is because the uses of her direct speech and her fantastic use of English literature love and marriage. In the novel Pride and Prejudice, the author confronts us with a number of marriages. There are relationships happening between quite a few people at once in the novel. The author uses Elizabeth and Darcy to use as framework to portray various marriages. Jane Austen opens the novel with "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want if a wife". ...read more.

Middle

I think that Elizabeths views on marriage are that it is about happiness and love rather than social status and wealth. I get this impression because she did not want to marry Mr.Collins even thought her mother (Mrs.Bennet) was trying hard to persuade her. Mr.Collins is the soon to be rightful owner of the house they are living in. Her mother wants her to marry Mr.Collins so it will ensure security for the future and the family will not lose their social rank or class. Mrs. Bennett (the mother of 5 daughters) is quite an interesting character in the novel. She and her fiends (Mrs. Long , Mrs. Philips and lady Lucas) spend most of their time looking for newcomers to the neighborhood. Mrs.Bennet is eager to find a wealthy partner for her daughter's so that the family will be financially supported and will not become poor. This shows in the novel when she quotes "it is very likely that he ( Bingley) ...read more.

Conclusion

Mr. Bennet seems to have a quiet deep love for his daughters while, on the contrary, Mrs. Bennet's love is over-acted and conditional. Both parents help to shape their daughters' characteristics and beliefs: Lydia reflecting Mrs. Bennet's flighty and excessive behavior while Elizabeth inherits Mr.Bennet's thoughtful and reflective personality. This relationship between Mr. and Mrs.Bennet is unsatisfactory because Mr.Bennet is not as wealthy and can not offer a secure high social class rank that can support a family that Mrs.Bennet wants. The relationship between Mr. Collins And Charlotte is pretty much financial. Charlotte is dealing with her life in a way that makes sense to her. Mr. Collins was not a wicked man, and I therefore doubt if "contemptible" is the word Charlotte would use for him, nor would she feel it wrong to marry a man because he was merely foolish. I believe that charlotte is not marrying Mr. Collins for love but for a safe and secure future. I think that this is unsatisfactory because she might not be happy with Mr. Collins even though he has got a lot to offer her. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Jane Austen section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Jane Austen essays

  1. Analyse Jane Austen's presentation of love and marriage in her novel Pride and Prejudice. ...

    We as readers should also feel happy about the chance of a successful marriage. Jane and Bingley are so alike that they would understand each other's characters completely. They both act the same way as society expects them to. They both also respect each other, the way they act, as society expects shows the respect they have.

  2. Portrayal of Marriage in Pride and Prejudice.

    Lady Catherine, an extremely proud woman, simply looks foolish. Sir William Lucas is the epitome of all that is arrogant and pompous. These characters help to play a part in showing the one-sidedness of the people of this time and in portraying the lack of depth in their marriages, which are usually only for money or prestige.

  1. Discuss Jane Austen's treatment of the theme of marriage in Pride and Prejudice.

    That is rather singular." It seems like Mr Bingley's sister are trying to convince him that Jane is not suitable for him. On page 80, there is evidence of Mr Bingley and Jane becoming more in love. This is shown by Elizabeth and Mrs Bennet's excitement at Jane's match.

  2. How far does the theme of prejudice dominate the novels "Pride and Prejudice" by ...

    He is cruel to his children especially Mayella, he is a abuser of those weaker than himself. This is not a character to try to understand and certainly one should not want to wear his skin and walk around in it.

  1. In Pride and Prejudice, what views does Jane Austen convey to us regarding Pride, ...

    Mr Collins proposes to Elizabeth in Chapter 19 the way Mr Collins proposes shows his pride and gives the impression that Mr Collins is a stupid man, and has no idea how to treat a lady with respect. He comes across as selfish because he talks of no feelings of love for her.

  2. Examine the different marriage relationships and attitudes towards marriage presented in 'Pride and Prejudice'. ...

    Still, with time, Mr Bennet does not come round to the idea after Mr Wickham's visit to Longbourn, following the marriage "He is a fine fellow...as ever I saw. He simpers and smirks and makes love to us all. I am prodigiously proud of him" Once again, in this quotation,

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    seminars in town' other families of not such wealth such as the Bennett's could not afford to send their daughters to 'private seminars in town' but their daughters would have received a very basic education. A families wealth was partly judged on how well educated their daughters were.

  2. "How does Jane Austen portray marriage in her novel Pride and Prejudice?"

    However, Mrs Bennet's insensitivity and pride in her daughters and towards her neighbours is seen as embarrassing, which creates problems in the lives of her daughters, especially the eldest, Jane, who is deceived by Mr Bingley's two haughty sisters. They see her as much beneath their brother and unsuitable for

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work