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What views on love and marriage does Jane Austen present to the reactor in Pride and Prejudice.

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What views on love and marriage does Jane Austen present to the reactor in Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen has very mixed views on love and marriage. In pride and prejudice she writes about many relationships and marriages. Some of these she frowns upon and some she believes are ideal. Jane Austen is very critical and disapproves of marrying for money and status rather than love and affection. However she does not agree on marrying just for love with no money and very low status. She is very sarcastic about the reasons people got married for in the nineteenth century. The very first line of the novel is; 'It is the truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife' Jane Austen puts forward many examples of good and bad marriages. An outstanding example of a bad marriage would be Lydia Bennet's and Mr Wickham's. When Lydia accompanies Colonel and Mrs Forster on a visit to Brighton she acts extremely foolish. ...read more.

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She also chose the dull, dreary, unattractive back room of the house as her sitting room so mr Collins will not want to go into that room and disturb her. Right from the start charlotte has a very risky way of getting husbands, which Jane Austen did not approve of. She told Elizabeth how Jane could 'grad' Bingley. She says, "When she is secure of him, there will be leisure for falling in love as much as she chuses." Jane Bennet believes that you should show little affection to a man, then if the man she loved ran off and left her other people would not think she liked him as much as she did, as she did not let her full affection show. Jane Austen approves with Jane's method more than she approves with Charlotte Lucas's. Mr Collins has his own reasons for marriage; he states this while proposing to Elizabeth. He says he want to marry to set an example of matrimony in his parish, to make him happy, and because lady Catherine wants him to. He does not mention anything about love. ...read more.

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There was little money in their marriage; he fell for her youth and her beautiful face. Mr Bennet has little respect for Mrs Bennet forever teasing her and never supporting her wishes. When Elizabeth refused Mr Collins's proposal, Mrs Bennet told her if she did not accept it she would never see her again, expecting Mr Bennet to support her decision she was horrified when Mr Bennet totally disagreed with her, and even said to Elizabeth that if she did marry mr Collins he would never see her again. Mr Bennet also reveals how much he has suffered in his marriage when he is making sure Elizabeth really does want to marry Mr Darcy. He tells her; "My child, let me not have the grief of seeing you unable to respect your partner in life. You know not what you are about." However, Elizabeth and Jane's marriages are very happy and secure. Jane Austen approves of Elizabeth and Jane's marriages, therefore I believe Jane Austen approves of marrying for love, but if there is no money in the marriage or no status, then there is little hope for the marriage. Emma Wilson 10G Monday 3rd March 2003 ...read more.

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