Money, Marriage and Women Today is a day where anyone can become anything… with proper accommodations, that is. In the Eighteenth Century the first thing that a young lady had to do was believed to marry a man who could allow her to obtain luxurious wealth and a high ranking social status. Marriage was viewed as a career to women of this era. What if a woman happened to be born in the fame and fortune… would she even feel the need to search for a husband or financial support? Compared to other novels written by the English author Jane Austen, the book Emma seems to depict a very progressive and very inspirational idea that relates to women here today in the Twenty First Century. The best thing to do first in order to understand the
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A rector is often a priest in charge of a church or some type of religious fortress. The family found themselves discussing popular writers of the day. Some of Jane Austen’s favorites include Samuel Richardson and Fanny Burney who Jane Austen refers to in some of her writing pieces (Lorenz 2). Learning through experience and one's own curiosity and exploration is a wonderful way to digest information. The first aspect to process is realizing that the many career and life choices women have today, have not always been available to them. Women were obligated to partake in a marriage in order to have money. This was just how things were way back in the day. More often than not, the amount of money in the marriage reflected on the happiness of the couple.
Unusually similar today, the financial situations of marriages can also depict whether or not the ones in the marriage get along with one another, simply due to stress that financial struggles are able to put on each of the partners. "Pray, my dear aunt, what is the difference in matrimonial affairs, between the mercenary and the prudent motive? Where does discretion end and avarice begin?" (Austen Pride 27). In this quote from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice chapter twenty-seven, Jane Austen identifies the importance of money the role that the financial status plays in the marriage but leaves it for the unique judgement and interpretation of the reader to decide whether or not it is moral (Austen).
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