Role Of Marriage In Pride And Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice is a representative of the realistic novel. It undeniably plays a significant role in the history of British literature. The author, Jane Austen is one of the greatest women writers in the world. The novel shows vivid and complicated relationships between characters and reflect the importance of marriage for women in the early nineteenth century. Austen mainly depicts two disparate marriage attitudes between Elizabeth Bennet and Charlotte Lucas. The story is set in a society which marriage was determined more by economic factors than by emotions such as love and characters. Therefore, as a follower of society, Charlotte bases her marriage on money, fortune, and social status. Some hold opinions that Elizabeth has other motifs …show more content…
During Austen’s period, England was under the feudal dynasty, which men have more power and priorities than women. It is mainly because wealth and money are pass only to male heirs of one’s family by tradition. In Pride and Prejudice, the Bennet family only has five daughters, thus if Mr. Bennet passes away, his five daughters will not get any possessions and they will live a hard life. Instead, Mr. Collins, a remote cousin of the Bennet family, will succeed all the properties without making any efforts. As a result, for majority middle-class women, marriage was mostly for economic benefits, not romantic situations. Therefore, marriage to Charlotte is the only path to financial …show more content…
Elizabeth is an intelligent, idealistic and independent middle-class woman. At the beginning of the novel, Mr. Bennet says his daughters“ are all silly and ignorant like other girls; but Lizzy has something more of quickness than her sisters” (2) In Elizabeth’s father point of view, it is clear that Elizabeth is clever than her sisters. Elizabeth also does not yield to rich and powered such as Lady Catherine when she “ be the first creature who had ever dared to trifle with so much dignified impertinence” with Lady Catherine by not giving her a direct answer to her question (111). Elizabeth is also rebellious that she does not obey her mother’s will to accept Mr. Collins’s proposal. She does not subject to the temptation of money. If she does not have strong self-control, she will fall into the trend of the society like Charlotte. On the other hand, Charlotte is a "sensible, intelligent young woman, about twenty-seven" (13). She is a traditional woman who does not have updated thoughts that are similar to Elizabeth. Twenty-seven is an awkward age for her because she does not have much choice for dating. Therefore, no man pays attention to her. Mr. Collins is the first man who shows interest in marrying her. Although Charlotte understands Mr. Collins’s “society was irksome, and his attachment to her must be imaginary”(84), she takes economic condition into

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