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With close reference to key scenes from 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Tea in the Wendy House', and 'He said', write about how attitudes towards love and marriage have changed.

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With close reference to key scenes from 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Tea in the Wendy House', and 'He said', write about how attitudes towards love and marriage have changed. Pride and Prejudice is a novel of love and marriage and how people have prejudices about love. Pride is involved as it blurs the seeing of true love. Jane Austen displays this as she was part of society and she had first-hand experience of this. In Tea in the Wendy House and He Said, there is an visible change in the role of society and attitudes to love and marriage. This is because of the different times each novel was written. Jane Austen does not make the subject of marriage favourable, as she never writes about a completely happy marriage. For example Mr and Mrs Bennet's relationship, this is not an example of a good marriage as Mr Bennet is always taunting Mrs Bennet. 'Or you may send them by themselves, will be better, for you are as handsome of any of them'. Here Mr Bennet is ridiculing Mrs Bennet by saying she should go and visit Mr Darcy as she may end up marrying him, as she is just as beautiful. This was one of Austen's intentions to show that the society she lived in was superficial. ...read more.

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She has not got the financial support from her parents like Lyn in Tea in the Wendy House. Bev's prospects are limited because of lack of money and there is a slight suggestion that this will not change much. There is a similarity between pride and prejudice and Tea in the Wendy House. This is because Lyn and Elizabeth both have some financial support from their parents, although it was not the most important thing in Tea in the Wendy House. Lyn's mother puts it across as a bonus to the marriage, but having a good job is quite important. ' And he's got a job, and course there's the house. You really struck gold there'. Mr Collins also demonstrates the status prevention, as he expects her to say yes but it comes across as quite pompous. ' I am to inherit this estate after the death of your father'. He is openly stating that he will own Elizabeth's house, as if it was nothing. In the actual proposal of Mr Collins to Elizabeth it was quite formal as he asked permission, which was expected in those times. This differs in the proposal of Graham to Lyn. He seemed embarrassed, it was not very formal but still had the decency to propose. ...read more.

Conclusion

Just like Errol'. Lydia's relationship with Wickham has effected her reputation because of the elopement. Wickham's love for Lydia is not true. This is the opposite with Lyn and Graham's relationship. Graham is truly in love with Lyn, but it is Lyn that has the insecurities and does not feel true love. ' There is no one in the Wendy house except Lyn. Mandy isn't there. Graham isn't there'. This shows how maybe in the end she will be by herself without no one. In Elizabeth's time courtship between two people would not have lasted quite long, so Wickham and Lydia were not truly in love, it was most probably infatuation. 'His belief that Wickham never intended to go there or to marry Lydia at all'. Jane Austen was a person in this society and time, which believed marriage, was the most important thing for a young girl. This would lead to prejudices about how much money did the husband have and of what status was he. Jane Austen shows through pride and prejudice that she would not have married because it was convenient but because of love much like Elizabeth. Society has changed, as evident in He said. From wanting marriage as an ambition, to Errol not needing to propose, it does not mean the society has got any better. Society and other people's thoughts all contribute to prevention of some marriages, even nowadays. Corrine Ifield 11T English Coursework ...read more.

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