Pride And Prejudice By Jane Austen Essay

960 Words Sep 10th, 2016 4 Pages
In 19th century London expectations were high for marriage and social class. In efforts to meet traditional beliefs, society In Pride and Prejudice neglected to consider the important factors of love and treatment. More important to society were marriage, social class, tradition, gender roles, and entitlement. But to author Jane Austen breaking traditional belief and changing aristocratic attitudes of the time were important because she did not agree with the expectations. She uses character Elizabeth Bennett as the iconoclast and black sheep to express her views of well needed change of societal views. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife (Austen 1).” This quote shows the importance of marriage and how marriage is the root of stability for women and their families. Women of the time marry for wealth and solidity. One in particular is Charlotte’s marriage to Mr. Collins, who not long before also considered the hand of his cousin Elizabeth. Charlotte’s acceptance to marry his was for stability and the expectations of society who put pressure on her to get married as she was becoming of age. Jane Austen uses Elizabeth rejection of proposal to show marriage is more than just finance, Its about love. Love should be the sole reason for marriage. True love was found in the marriage of Mr. Bingley and Jane, and Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. The social classes of London in the 1800…

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