Pride And Prejudice By Jane Austen Essay

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Changes in Victorian Traditions in Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was a great component of the social change in her time. Austen tells the story of Mr. Bennet’s five unmarried daughters after rich Mr. Bingley and his prideful friend, Mr. Darcy, have moved into their neighborhood. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest daughter, Jane, Darcy has difficulty adapting to the society and repeatedly encounters with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth. Throughout the course of the novel, multiple couples are formed and presented to the readers. In the novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, traditional Victorian values are broken down through criticizing marriage traditions and its social aspects.
The novel opens with an image of a traditional home which upholds all Victorian standards and values. The opening line of the novel announces, "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife (1). This sets the main Victorian value of the novel. A Woman is in want of a husband who is "in possession of good fortune" (1). When the news comes out that Bingley, a wealthy man, has moved into the neighborhood, a great stir occurs. Mrs. Bennet sees Bingley’s arrival as an opportunity and a “fine thing” for one of the girls to obtain a wealthy spouse with a “large fortune “(1). Mrs. Bennet also stresses over the etiquette of her daughters presented to Mr. Bingley. She scolded…

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