Jane Austen 's Pride And Prejudice Essay

1859 Words Apr 11th, 2016 8 Pages
It is a given that as time changes, the views and ideas people have had before shift to fit the mold of how society is. Today, marriage is seen as a joining together of two people in love who want to spend the rest of their lives together. During the time of Jane Austen, marriage was seen as a picture-perfect life, where two people are joined together, have children, and let their inheritance and reputation be known to the world. Because the main factor in marriage was money and social status, there was a huge rush for men and women to become married, leaving love, romance, and passion to be unknown or forgotten in a relationship. This rush is described in the first sentence in the novel, Pride and Prejudice, where Austen states, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife” (Austen 5). The fact that there “must” be a “want” to get married after a man had established a good fortune, reiterates that the big picture of a marriage is only money, an idea that people today may find ridiculous. Although this was a truth “universally acknowledged,” there were people such as Elizabeth Bennet who knew that marriage was not the key to happiness, but one’s intellectual intelligence and passion for something. It is people like Elizabeth that change the perceptions of traditional ideas for the better. Conformity is a major concept in this novel, Mr. Collins being a pure example of conformity as its finest.…

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