Jane Austen 's Pride And Prejudice Essay

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Women of the 19th century were beaten. Not physically, but emotionally bullied into a corner by society. During the Regency Period women were forced to immoral marital standards set by society and men. Jane Austen depicts these heartless standards in her novel Pride and Prejudice set in England. Through Lizzy Bennet it is shown women marrying for wealth and social class yet, she is differs from the herd. Lizzy is one of the pioneer women seen that will not marry off just to escape being alone. Lizzy waits for true love before she is married, such as women today. Depicted through Lizzy, Jane Austen shows the multi-sided views of marriage in the 19th century through marrying for security, marrying for love, and what it was like already being married.
Jane Austen unearths the heartless standards of which ladies marry in the eighteen hundreds to obtain social security. Charlotte Lucas is the prime example of this practice when she marries Mr. Collins, the heir the Bennet estate. Before marrying, she later tells Lizzy, “Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance” (Austen 24). She proves this wholeheartedly that she marries Mr. Collins for his social standing, money and nothing else. While doing so, “Charlotte is able to escape the worst and most unimaginable status -- a lonely spinster -- and places all her hope in a loveless marriage” ("An Analysis of the Marriages in Pride and Prejudice"). Before a young lady is able to marry off, she must search out the an…

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