Marriage And Marriage In Pride And Prejudice By Jane Austen

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The novel Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, is an unfolding love story in the midst of societal norms throughout history. Throughout the novel, Austen emphasizes the importance of marriage to the economic and social statuses of all her characters. Characters commonly tie marriage to happiness, but within each individual relationship marriage produces different amounts of love and happiness. Not only do the economic and social statuses of characters in the novel affect their eligibility for marriage, but also the amount of happiness being produced within the marital union; to the reader, Austen’s examples display these effects of statuses as morally right and wrong. In the novel the marriage between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet generates little …show more content…
But with such a father and mother, and such low connections, I am afraid there is no chance of it."(36). Mrs. Hurst along with many other characters see great potential in Jane but also see her family and “low connections” as reasons to stay away from her. The estate the Bennet family live on, can only belong to the family until the death of Mr. Bennet because it will be placed upon the closest male familial connection: Mr. Collins. The relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet is full of stress to marry their daughters, finding them a suitable home, and elevating their economic life, but lacks connection, common interests, desire for one another. Their marriage becomes a joke to the rest of the characters in the novel because all the couple does is disagree and mock one another. When Lydia elopes with Wickham in secret, neither of the two agree on how to handle the scandal or their newlywed daughter, "Mrs. Bennet, before you take any or all of these houses for your son and daughter, let us come to a right understanding. Into one house in this neighbourhood they shall never have admittance. I will not encourage the impudence of either, by …show more content…
Collins and Charlotte Lucas generates a just amount of happiness and satisfaction because, unlike Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, they were economically stable, had no children to jeopardize their finances, had connections to Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and accepted each other as equals. The marriage between Mr. Collins and Charlotte Lucas was not only connected to Lady Catherine de Bourgh but also highly supported by the distinguished and successful woman; “Lady Catherine, he added, so heartily approved his marriage, that she wished it to take place as soon as possible, which he trusted would be an unanswerable argument with his amiable Charlotte to name an early day for making him the happiest of men”(126). The two needed each other; they needed someone that would take care of them in their own way, either by being the person who runs their estate or being the one to share the estate with. Charlotte especially needed a home and a partner that would care for her because she was not socially recognized as beautiful or rich and her age would not halt; “Miss Lucas, who accepted him solely from the pure and disinterested desire of an establishment, cared not how soon that establishment were gained”(120). In at line Austen shows how Charllotte forms the union to Mr. Collins selfishly, for her own benefit, her need of a home, a husband to support her emotionally and financially and she took the proposal and ran with it because there was no guarantee she

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