How Does Jane Austen's View Of Marriage

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Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austen, depicts a society in the Regency era in which the sole importance of young women is in the acquisition of a husband in order to be regarded as a respectable woman by the society. The story itself begins with the sentence “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”(Austen, 1995). In chapter 1 clearly that shows the importance of marriage for men with wealth and for women to procure said wealth in that particular society.
In the novel, Jane Austen wishes to criticize the view of society regarding marriage by portraying different type of marriage in the novel including her own idealistic view of marriage presented by Elizabeth Bennet and Darcy Fitzwilliam. Jane Austen idealistic view of marriage as reflected by
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Darcy also shares the same view as Elizabeth regarding marriage as he was willing to marry Elizabeth despite the knowledge of Elizabeth’s family status and connection. Though he was still prideful when he proposed to Elizabeth, the rejection made him realize of his pride and prejudice as he try to change his behavior for the better. He also realizes that love alone is not enough in order to have a successful marriage. Through mutual respect and understanding of Elizabeth does he succeed in receiving Elizabeth hand for the second time. He also refuses to marry Anne de Bourgh despite lady Catherine de Bourgh persuasion and the obvious status, rank and wealth he would receive from the marriage.
Jane Bennet and Charles Bingley, to an extent, also shares Elizabeth view on marriage. The two had a marriage born out of love though because of both of them being passive creature; their lack of communication has caused the failure of sending the message of their feeling to the other party. At last, in chapter 55, the two had a chance for a proper talk and settle their misunderstanding where Mr. Bingley also took the opportunity to propose to

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