Pride and Prejudice.
Discuss three of the different reasons for marriage shown in “Pride and Prejudice “ and consider what Jane Austin may have been trying to say about marriage in her society.
Marriage was a central theme in Jane Austen’s book “Pride and Prejudice” as in her time marriage was done when the women were quite young. Jane Austen uses this book to express her emotion that women didn’t have much of a say in many things and they weren’t allowed to work and shouldn’t learn. Jane Austin’s book shows us three main reasons to get married the first is that people should get married for money, another reason to get married is for passion, and the final reason to get married is to marry out of love.
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A financial marriage was a great prospect for Charlotte as she had an unknown amount of brothers and sisters and if her father died and she wasn’t married she would have to borrow money from her brothers, she also knew it was a good marriage with Mr Collins as he was to come into a lot of money very soon as the story say that:
“Mr Collin’s present circumstance made it a most eligible match for their daughter, to whom they could give little fortune; and his prospects of future wealthy were exceedingly fair”.
Lady Catherine De Bourgh doesn’t believe in love as she wants all marriages to stay in the family and she wanted to keep the wealth in the family but she also didn’t want her family to marry people in lower classes of work to be in her family.
“You have no regard, then, for the honour and credit fro my nephew! Unfeeling, selfish girl! Do you not consider that a connection with you, must disgrace him in the eyes of everybody?”
Mrickham tries to marry Miss King but her parents successfully protect her, as he would gain about £10,000 pounds from her, he would then divorce her and run off with Mr Bennets daughter Lydia for his passionate needs, then Mr Darcy pays Mr Wickham to marry Lydia so that he can marry Elizabeth.
Mrs Bennet treats marriage as a business as she wants her daughters to get married so that if Mr Bennet should die they her family would have somewhere to stay.
The marriage between Mr and Mrs Gardiner is based on their love for each other and their family, they show their love for their family when they give great advice to Elizabeth about Mr Darcy, also when they take Elizabeth around part of England and will look after her.
When Mr Bingley and Jane meet each other they instantly fall in love and meet much more often and will get married after a great deal of obstacles put in they way by his sisters and one put in the way by Mr Darcy but in the end they get together and that just shows how strong their love is. The final marriage is between My Darcy and Elizabeth and their path to marriage was the worst as at first Mr Darcy wounds Elizabeth’s pride by saying that Elizabeth’s older sister is the only one worth dancing with and creates prejudice between them, but then when Mr Darcy realises that he has fallen in love with her it is a bit late as and old enemy of Mr Darcy’s has returned and his name is Mr Wickham who gives a story to Elizabeth in which Mr Darcy is a very horrific man.
Mr Darcy then breaks up the relationship between Mr Bingley and Jane and finally tells Elizabeth exactly the truth between him and Mr Wickham and why Mr Wickham hates him and then he reunites Mr Bingley and Jane. He then finally begins to repair the damage between himself and Elizabeth finally creating a double marriage between himself and Elizabeth and Mr Bingley and Jane.
This book shows why and whom people marry during Jane Austen’s time, the point Jane Austen was trying to make about marriages in her time is that many people marry for money and homes. The point she is trying to make in her society is that not many people marry for love.