Jane Austen 's Pride And Prejudice Essays

1142 Words Jan 21st, 2016 5 Pages
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, presents many different perspectives regarding marriage. Austen portrays this through a variety of characters such as, Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth Bennett and George Wickham. During this time period, males and females held different stances on the value of marriage and why or why not people should marry. At this time in history, women were highly encouraged to marry young, and if they did not, this was often looked down upon. As for males, it was highly encouraged, but not as crucial as it was for women. Jane Austen depicted the ideas and importance of marriage through Wickham, Charlotte and Elizabeth’s differing opinions and desires for marriage and through this, the novel depicts the difference between males and females perspectives of matrimony. Charlotte Lucas was an older women, it her late twenties who was single, and was realizing her fate of being unmarried. During this time if a woman was older and unmarried, they could be seen as a burden to their family. Charlotte began to realize that she needed to marry soon, due to the burden that she was causing her family of being unmarried. Charlotte’s view of marriage was that she needed to marry to avoid poverty and loneliness of old age (Mega essays). She stood by the point of view that marriage was not about happiness and love, it was about money and being well off. “I ask only a comfortable home; and considering Mr. Collin’s character, connections, and situation in life, I am…

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