Wealth Vs Marriage

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Sometimes wealth consumes a person’s life, not just physically but mentally as well. For those that are weak minded, wealth is capable of lowering standards, forgetting morals and losing sight of the bigger picture. For 18th century woman wealth was the main goal reached only through marriage. With wealth came privilege, credibility and even stability. All things that weren’t guaranteed without a marriage proposal given by a prosperous man. Marriages during this time were considered based on economic and social backgrounds rather than compatibility. Why fall in love when money could take all your worries away? Money stood as a huge factor in the future of woman during this time. But not all woman followed these guidelines. Elizabeth Bennett refused to marry for convenience she also refused to give into the standards set by society. Pride & Prejudice shed light on the remarkable differences that separated two worlds. …show more content…
Bingley: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”. This quote also lightly sketches out the plot of the entire book. Throughout the 18th century woman could offer men only necessities that were easily achievable. Doing so with the hope of sustaining a marriage with a man of any class. The duties of the woman in the household was one of great importance. Some of these duties include cooking, cleaning and taking care of the children. The responsibility of a man was much different than that of a woman. Men have always been the sole bread winners of the family. Men worked long days to support their family while women stayed home with the children. For Elizabeth Bennet the image of the ideal woman during her era was no way of life. While friends and family strived for husbands with the simplistic attribute of money, she strived for the true companionship of a man that possessed much

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