Essay about Marriage in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Marriage in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

In pride and Prejudice there are many different marriages that occur. There are also, various, different incentives for these marriages. In comparing Elizabeth and Darcy's relationship with, Lydia and Wickham, and Charlotte Lucas and Mr Collins the reader begins to see the different reasons in which the partners marry. The reader can base their views on the priorities of each relationship. If a reader was to read of a marriage based on financial security like Mr Collins and Charlotte Lucas' they may have preconceived ideas about how the relationship will work if love is not involved, they may form prejudices on the marriage based on their own beliefs
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Her behaviour could have cost the whole family's reputation. However Lydia may have been saved from total degradation by Darcy's financial intervention, her and wickhams marriage is now one void of love and respect. Making it an imperfect marriage.

Charlotte's marriage also receives considerable disproval (although it is nothing compared to the disproval that Lydia and wickham receive!) The marriage is a practical one, mutually advantageous for both charlotte and Mr Collins. Charlotte is twenty-seven and in Jane Austen's day would have been considered quite old for marriage. Charlotte has given up hope of falling in love and now only dreams of financial security and not dying alone and poor.

I think that Charlottes marriage can be summed up quite well through this quote from the book in chapter 22: 'Without thinking highly of men or of matrimony, marriage had always been her

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