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    Pride And Prejudice:Why is the news of the elopement of Lydia and Wickham in Chapter 46 such an important moment and how does it affect what follows in the novel?

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    when the news arrives of Lydia?s scandalous elopement because just when Elizabeth?s feelings reach a new high point for Darcy, she is hit with the realisation that he may never want to be associated with her again: ?Never had she so honestly felt that she could have loved him, when all love must be in vain.? However, Darcy does show great concern for Elizabeth when he arrives unexpectedly during her breakdown; an ironic and dramatic moment as he?s almost like her saviour coming to rescue her.

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    How is marriage presented in the novel "Pride And Prejudice"?

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    The first marriage we encounter is that of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. Their marriage is an unsuccessful one. Although it was thought that marriage should be for money, a few marriages were based on l**t. The Bennet's marriage is an example of this. Mr. Bennet was "captivated by youth and beauty" and therefore married a 'woman of mean understanding'. As the marriage progressed, 'any true affection for her was put to an end very early in the marriage." The relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet is of poor standard. Mr. Bennet is witty and resourceful in comparison to his wife, who is not.

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    Pride and Prejudice. Mr Collins proposes to both Elizabeth and Charlotte, but their reactions are very different. What does the behaviour of all three characters, during chapters 19, 20 & 22 tell us about the different attitudes to marriage in the early n

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    which shows her determination that she would not marry for money, but only for true love. Marriage today is seen upon by society as a way to be connected to your 'other half' forever due to your undying love for each other. Many people get married by choice of the heart which is similar to the way Elizabeth saw matrimony back in the 19th century. When Mr Collins proposes to Elizabeth she try's to be nice and reject him in a nice way by saying '"Accept my thanks for the compliment you are paying me.

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  4. Discuss Jane Austens presentation of the theme of marriage in Pride & Prejudice.

    The novel, which tells the story of a commonplace 19th century family whose 3 daughter came 'of age' and therefore were in search for a suitable husband. Furthermore, the sense of drama is heightened by the fact the aging alpha-male of the Bennet family was unfortunate to bear only daughters and could therefore not pass on his belongings- including the property he and his family lived in to either his wife or his children as the law stated woman were unable to inherit. Therefore, everything the Bennet family owned would be given to Mr. Collins- a cousin of Mr. Bennets'.

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

    Austen also indulged herself in an only partially hyperbolic declaration of love for her heroine Elizabeth Bennet. " I must confess that I think her as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print, and how I shall be able to tolerate those who do not like her at least, I do not know". The novel was written in 1797 and published in 1813. Pride and prejudice, which opens with one of the most famous sentences in English Literature, is an ironic novel of manners. It tells a story about the Bennet family. Mr and Mrs Bennet have five daughters: Jane, Elizabeth, Kitty, Lydia and Mary.

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  6. The Marriage Proposals in Pride and Prejudice.

    The point of this first proposal is to show his character progression and to highlight the changes his character goes through. It was also Elizabeth's pride that prevented her accepting Collins, only making one proposal, is very self-confident due to his job security and confidence in his faith. His quote "it is usual with young ladies to reject the addresses of the man whom they secretly mean to accept, when he first applies for their favour; and that sometimes the refusal

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  7. Who and what are the targets of Jane Austens satire in Pride and Prejudice and is it effective?

    We hear of Mrs Bennet at first in the start of the book, with news of a wealthy businessman who has rented accommodation at Netherfield Park: 'Oh! Single, my dear, to be sure! A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls!' This relates to the beginning of the book, where Jane Austen playfully uses the role of the authors voice to show Mrs Bennet's point of view: 'It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife'.

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  8. Comparison of Elizabeth Bennet's Marriage Proposals in Pride and Prejudice

    Before proposing, he effectively asks for permission by informing Mrs. Bennet of his intentions. He planned it out and went about it in such an orderly manner that we imagine that he had rehearsed it. His three reasons for marrying are solely practical; "I think it a right thing for every clergyman in easy circumstances to set the example of matrimony in his parish." "I am sure it will add greatly to my happiness." "It is the particular recommendation of the very noble lady [Lady Catherine de Bourgh] whom I have the honour of calling patroness."

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  9. Sense and Sensibility. The title of the book, and most of its tone, derive from the contrast between Elinor's character and that of her mother and younger sister.

    Her sister Marianne and her mother are the opposite: given to flights of emotion, actively encouraging and intensifying anything they feel until it takes over their lives, and prone to deciding on very little evidence how matters must be and then reading into all subsequent events support for their feelings. (The youngest sister is too young for romance, gets about five lines in the entire book, and for the most part isn't present.) Marianne will soon fall desperately in love, various complications will arise in part due to unwillingness to heed Elinor's reasonable advice, Elinor's romantic situation will become unbearably complicated, and by the end there will be hidden pasts, dramatic love, and drama galore.

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  10. Discuss Jane Austens presentation of the theme of love and marriage in Pride and Prejudice.

    This shows that the property will belong to Mr Collins. Many estates of fortunes were "entailed" like Mr Bennet's estate. This meant that the estate could be passed to male relatives. Although Mr Bennet had five daughters a male relative must entail his estate. It also says, "Mr Bennets property consisted of almost of two thousand a year, which unfortunately for his daughters, was entailed in default of his heirs male." In this case Mr Collins who is the nephew of Mr Bennet will entail the estate.

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  11. From a reading of Jane Austens Short stories, What do we learn about Womens Lives in the Late Eighteenth Century?

    Another alternative was to be a governess to a wealthy family. It was considered as a desperate and horrible alternative, as you were basically a servant and therefore treated little better than such. We also learn that marriage had nothing to do with love or romance, Mary Stanhope in 'The Three Sisters' proves this well when she says the following "He has a large fortune & will make great Settlements on me; but then he is very healthy" Juxtaposition is used here to create humour and make a point how it was just about the money and social status.

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  12. How does Jane Austen present the contrasting characters of John Thorpe and Henry Tilney in Northanger Abbey?

    The description of physical appearance is therefore used by Austen to put Henry Tilney in a favourable light and to imply a superior character. Austen also describes Tilney as not a definite handsome man and Catherine as being 'almost pretty', the implication being that they would be a good match for each other. Catherine's first meeting with John Thorpe and Henry Tilney gives an early insight into the difference between the two in following social etiquette. Catherine's introduction to Henry Tilney was very proper in that 'The master of ceremonies introduced her to a very gentlemanlike young man'.

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  13. Show how Elizabeth Rebels against the accepted

    Also there was a social convention which applies to female as same as England. It was a male-dominated society, so female cannot stand up to male even they are equal status. Early in the novel, Austen shows about Elizabeth's attitude to marriage and how she is different to other woman in her society by Elizabeth's rejection of Mr Collins's proposal. Mr Collins ask Elizabeth to marry him but she said, 'it is impossible for me to do otherwise than decline them' because she is determined to marry for love, not money or other reasons.

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  14. Attitudes to Women in Pride and Prejudice

    Marriage was, as Mr Collins later proves, a "business" transaction. This was not because parents did not care for their daughters, it was simply because unless a woman had her own financial means, as Lady de Bourgh does, she had no option but to marry a man who could support her and provide her with a house and such securities. Other alternative was to become a governess, which was not desirable. In Shirley by Charlotte Bronte Mrs Pryor (who was a governess herself) spends a great deal of energy trying to dissuade Caroline Helstone from becoming a governess. "Governesses,'' she observed, "must ever be kept in a sort of isolation...

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  15. What is the importance and attitude to marriage in the novel? (Persuasion, Jane Austen)

    This is made clear by the way he treats his daughters. Elizabeth Elliot is Sir Walter's favourite by far, because of her beauty and this would help her achieve a husband of high importance hence giving the Elliots a better name. As it says in the novel, Sir Walter was most hopeful of Elizabeth; "Elizabeth would one day or other, marry suitably." As Anne had let him down and was his least favourite, because she "had been a very pretty girl but her bloom had vanished early".

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  16. Pride and Prejudice is a novel about women who feel they have to marry to be happy. Taking Charlotte Lucas as a starting point, do you think Austen is making a social criticism of her eras view of marriage?

    Charlotte Lucas and Mr Collins' marriage is pragmatic; they both marry for social advancement. She marries for financial security and declares "I'm not romantic, you know." This shows the typical viewpoint of a traditional nineteenth century woman. Although she is seen as unromantic, it is a realistic point of view. Austen believes this view to be unwise as you are not in love with the person you marry. Mr Collins is also unromantic and he is obsequious. He marries out of obligation as he is told to do so by Lady Catherine de Bourgh.

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  17. The theme of love and marriage in "Pride and Prejudice".

    There is a big gab between them . Their marriage lacks "emotional compatibility and intellectual understanding"* . Although they have been married for twenty three years , they are still unable to understand each other , simply , because they are contrasted . According to Jane Austen , the courtship of Darcy and Elizabeth is a perfect union which sums up the purpose of her novel .

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  18. Do you think that Austen makes it possible to feel sympathy for Mrs. Bennet?

    "She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper." The reader, at this point, does not know quite what to make of her, until Austen declares, "when she was discontented, she fancied herself nervous" and one immediately falls in love with her. "The business of her life was to see her daughters married; its solace was visiting and news" further conveys how very superficial she is, yet somehow retains the quintessence of being extremely humorous. Mrs. Bennet is one of the principal characters that help set the feel for the entire novel. There lies a sharp contrast between Mrs.

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  19. Exploring 19th century attitudes towards marriage and courtship in pride and prejudice and comparing these with todays views.

    Mrs Bennet was preoccupied with getting her five daughters married because if Mr Bennet died then the daughters would have no where to go and they would be left destitute. Furthermore it was Mrs Bennet's job as a mother, to make sure that her five daughters were married and they had good matches. It would also set a good example to the society. Mr and Mrs Bennet had a good marriage themselves according to their time. Mr Collins was a close cousin of the Bennets.

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  20. Marriage in pride and prejudice.

    The idea was that upper and middle class women had to stay dependent on a man: first as a daughter and then as a wife. Once married during that time it was extremely difficult for women to obtain a divorce. The Matrimonial Causes act of 1857 gave men the right to divorce their wife on the ground of adultery; however married women were not able to obtain a divorce if their husband had been unfaithful. Once divorced, the children became the man's property and the mother could be prevented form seeing her children.

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  21. Views on Marriage in Pride and Prejudice

    [Charlotte Lucas] With reference to these extracts, what do Mr. Bennet, Jane, and Charlotte think are the most important things to make sure of before entering a marriage? ********************** Love and Marriage is a recurring theme in Pride and Prejudice. Many different opinions are expressed in this novel, and it may help us to know just a little about the time in which this novel was written. Jane Austen wrote this book in the 19th century. By then, arranged marriages were already archaic and women had more freedom regarding whom they would marry.

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  22. Pride and Prejudice

    They believe that you should marry for money and security not a lot of people married for love. Jane Austen shows the different opinions on marriage by focussing on the Bennet family; she uses the characters of Elizabeth and Jane to challenge people's opinions on marriage, she tells the story as the omniscient narrator. Mrs Bennet is the mother of the family she has a different view to what marriage is compared to Elizabeth, Jane and her husband Mr Bennet.

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  23. Announcement of Charlottes engagement. After Charlottes startling news, Elizabeth was left to reflect on it while sitting with her mother and sisters.

    Collins had just proposed to Lizzy Sir William's "good-breeding" helped him to bear their reactions with the utmost composure and though "he begged leave to be positive as to the truth of his information; he listened to all their impertinence with the most fore bearing courtesy".

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  24. Pride and Prejudice

    Bennet, an intelligent man with a cynical sense of humour, has made an unwise marriage with a simple minded and ill-mannered woman, Mrs. Bennet, and when he realizes this, he has a tendency to hide in his study rather than take part in the social and family activities with his wife. Being her father's confidante almost portrays Elizabeth as the son of the family. Throughout the novel, it is recognizable that Mr. Bennet always gives Elizabeth a unique interest as he sees in her in a different way from her sisters and other girls.

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  25. Pride and Prejudice

    The first instance of Mr. Darcy being shown in a negative light by Jane Austen is when the Bennet sisters see him for the first time, in the Meryton ball. When Mr. Darcy entered the hall, he was praised and within minutes he gained a lot of attention. He was called a fine figure of a man by the men and a much more handsome man than Mr. Bingley by the women in the room. But, after the first-half of the ball, Mr.

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