Essay on Jane Austen 's Pride And Prejudice

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Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice, examines the connection between marriage and many factors that can affect it, such as love and affection, money and wealth, social classes, societal norms, and personal expectations. To do so, it follows the relationships of five couples: Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, Mr. Collins and Charlotte Lucas, Mr. Bingley and Jane Bennet, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Wickham and Lydia Bennet. All of these relationships begin and progress differently and develop under a variety of motivations and circumstances. By the end of the novel, it becomes obvious that many of the relationships either exhibit similar qualities or blatantly contrast each other.
The marriage between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet appears distant, loveless, and full of regret. Mr. Bennet married Mrs. Bennet because he admired her youth and beauty, as well as the appearance of good humor that her youth and beauty supplied. As she makes it clear throughout the novel that she values marrying for wealth and marrying up in society, Mrs. Bennet likely married Mr. Bennet because of his superior social class. However, Mr. Bennet soon realizes the error of judgment he made in marrying such a silly, feeble-minded woman, and he soon lost all sense of affection, respect, and esteem for her. Because he entered into such an unsuitable marriage, Mr. Bennet spends as much time as possible in his library, away from his wife. During their twenty-three years of marriage, Mrs. Bennet spends the majority…

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