Pride And Prejudice By Jane Austen Essays

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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 his goal through the father of Mr. Darcy after he passes away. However, Mr. Darcy does not give the money to Mr. Wickham because he did not complete his father’s wishes, which is the only way he could collect the money. Mr. Wickham moves on to a different tactic: marriage. He has his eyes set on Georgiana. “...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…

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