Marriage In Pride And Prejudice By Jane Austen

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Pride and Prejudice is a classic romance novel written by Jane Austen. It takes place in the 19 century in England. This time period was all about where families ranked socially and how well their children married. Marrying well was key to their social standing, because marriage was a way to gain wealth and also gain connections. However for Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy this is difficult, because while Mr. Darcy is quite rich, Elizabeth is not. Marriage is a pivotal move in a man’s life and it greatly affects his social status in the future.

Mr. Wickham is a man that desires to climb the social ladders. He knows that the key to a high social status is money, and he has made it his mission to receive this money. Initially he tries to achieve
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“...he so far recommended himself to Georgiana, whose affectionate heart retained a strong impression of his kindness to her as a child, that she was persuaded to believe herself in love, and to consent to an elopement.” (137) In Mr. Darcy’s eyes it is evident that there is no other reason Mr. Wickham could want to marry Georgiana other than money. Georgiana does come to her senses and feels that she would be doing her family an injustice by marrying into a lower social class and eloping, so she denies Mr. Wickham’s hand in marriage. Mr. Darcy keeps this event secret so he can protect Georgiana’s image, therefore protecting her social standing. Wickham makes a wise unintentional move and carries on to Lydia. From the Bennet’s perspective, it appears that all hope is lost for their reputation when Lydia runs away with Wickham. When receiving this news from Jane, Elizabeth expresses her grief to Mr. Darcy, “They are gone off together from Brighton. You know him too well to doubt the rest. She has no money, no connections, nothing that can tempt him to--she is lost forever.” (185). Thanks to Mr. Darcy and his money, Wickham and Lydia get married. Mr. Darcy saves the Bennet’s from public humiliation, …show more content…
She has her heart set on Mr. Darcy marrying her daughter Anne. The marriage between the two of them has been set since their birth and the perks are endless. Darcy would gain respect amongst the community and wealth, due to Lady Catherine’s image of respect amongst the community. Lady Catherine sums up her opinion on the marriage very simply during her confrontation with Elizabeth, “While in their cradles, we planned the union: and now, at the moment when the wishes of both sisters would be accomplished, in their marriage, to be prevented by a young woman of inferior birth, of no importance in the world, and wholly unallied to the family!” (238). Lady Catherine continues to make it clear that Darcy will reap no benefits by the two of them being together. She does not hold back and she definitely does a good job of insulting Elizabeth and the Bennet family in the process. Even at the end of Lady Catherine’s vicious attack Elizabeth refuses to give in to Lady Catherine’s wishes. If a proposal is to occur Elizabeth is not going to say no just to please Lady Catherine. And Elizabeth also points out that Mr. Darcy will not feel burdened by their marriage because if he was to feel burdened he would not propose to her in the first place. This only frustrates Lady Catherine more and she can see her dreams of a social

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