Jane Austen 's Pride And Prejudice Essay

1175 Words May 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
In the 19th century, women were supposed to marry in accordance with their family 's wishes. This was due to the low status of women themselves. Elizabeth, in Jane Austen 's novel, Pride and Prejudice, is being focused into an arranged marriage by her mother. The man her mother chooses does not suit Elizabeth, and she stands up for her own right to independently choose the man she is to marry. This attitude was relatively unheard of during this time period, so Elizabeth is one of the first literary heroes to stand up for herself. In standing up for herself, she must let go of the prejudice she feels toward Darcy , as merely an arrangement, in order to accept his love for her and her own future happiness.
Marriage established social class, and supported the worth of a person. This was primarily based on wealth. As such, Elizabeth 's mother, Ms. Bennet, feels like her purpose for living is to make sure her children marry well. She is a forbearing lady that has very limited knowledge of the news and has moods that are usually unpredictable. Mrs. Bennet makes her girls feel very foolish about marriage and has no concern about compatibility. She only cares about the opinions of the family, by others especially among those having social rank. Social rank is something that is necessary in her eyes. Mrs. Bennet influences on her younger daughter to commit that are made for her younger sibling. Elizabeth also strongly disagrees with the matrimonial partner that has been arranged for…

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