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Write an essay to compare the different attitudes to marriage of Charlotte Lucas and Elizabeth Bennet in the novel Pride and Prejudice.

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Write an essay to compare the different attitudes to marriage of Charlotte Lucas and Elizabeth Bennet in the novel Pride and Prejudice. Pride and prejudice is a novel based on marriage and it is written by Jane Austen. Jane was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics. Pride and prejudice has consistently been Jane Austen's most popular novel. It portrays life in the genteel rural society of the day, and tells of the initial misunderstandings and later mutual enlightenment between Elizabeth Bennet (whose liveliness and quick wit have often attracted readers) and the haughty Darcy. The title Pride and Prejudice refers to the ways in which Elizabeth and Darcy first view each other. The original version of the novel was written in 1796-1797 under the title First Impressions, and was probably in the form of an exchange of letters. Pride and Prejudice has always been Jane Austen's best-loved novel, not only, it seems, by its readers but also by Austen herself. "My own darling child", she called it in a letter to her sister Cassandra. Austen also indulged herself in an only partially hyperbolic declaration of love for her heroine Elizabeth Bennet. ...read more.

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Accomplishments were important in the time at which Jane Austen was writing in. Firstly it helped women who were not seen as beautiful to find a husband and secondly it meant that women was skilled in music. Drawing and dancing. Certain accomplishments that women gained were the ability to draw, sing, play music or speak modern language such as French and Italian. The purpose as such accomplishments were often only to attract a husband. In the novel, Darcy makes the remark that beside the accomplishments, a woman "must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading". Charlotte Lucas is unromantic. She believes you should marry a man who could give you fortune and social status, love is something that shall form between the two of you after marriage and so when choosing a partner you should not look at whether you are in love with him but see what he can give you. She is a typical woman in the Victorian time and she follows the society rules. "where nothing is in question but the desire of being well married; and if I were determined to get a rich husband or any husband I dare say I should adopt it". This quote suggests that Charlotte doesn't believe in love. ...read more.

Conclusion

Mr Darcy believes that woman would marry him for his wealth and status no matter what. Therefore, when he falls in love with Elizabeth he does not treat her with the same condescending and proud manner as he would any other person. After all, all good wives are in want of a wealthy man. Darcy soon changes his philosophy when he propose to Elizabeth and she turned him down. Elizabeth didn't accept his proposal because he insulted her at the party. "she is tolerable but not handsome enough to tempt me". At the end Elizabeth falls in love with Mr Darcy and marry him. In my essay I am going to conclude what I have learnt about life for women in Jane Austen's time. I have learnt that women had to be beautiful and accomplished in order to find a husband. They could not inherit their dad's property because they had no rights. In pride and prejudice four marriages happened-Jane, Lydia and Elizabeth married for love, but Charlotte did not married for love. Women from today are a lot different from women in Jane Austen's time, for example the way we talked, walked, we have rights to do stuff that women in Jane Austen's time couldn't do. In modern days you don't have to be accomplished to find a husband but we still have women like Elizabeth and Charlotte in the 21st century. Some women still believe in marriage first then love. ...read more.

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