Jane Austen tells a fairy tale of how an attractive young lady, who is virtually penniless, meets with a handsome and rich gentleman, who is practically a prince, who falls in love with her. This is seen in the case of Mr. Bingley and Miss Jane Bennett. However, the couple faces many impediments in the relationship. This is because Jane comes from a family of five daughters, and in Elizabethan England, the property passed to the male heirs. Without male heirs in the family, the property went to the closest male relative, leaving Mr. Bennett’s daughters at a social disadvantage.
Mr. Bennet married his wife because she had ample beauty, however, she exposed herself as unintelligent. He often warned his children not to do the same, just as he says to Elizabeth: "My child, let me not have the grief of seeing you unable to respect your partner in life. You know not what you are about" (Austen). The lack of love between her parents was quite obvious to Elizabeth as well. She saw that "her father, captivated by youth and beauty, and that appearance of good humour which youth and beauty generally give, had married a woman whose weak understanding and illiberal mind had very early in... ... middle of paper ... ... said, for attention to any other objects" (Austen).
The Bennet girls struggle to capture his attention, and Jane, who judges no one, is the daughter who manages to win his heart, until Mr. Bingley abruptly leaves town. Mr. Bingley is often accompanied by Fitzwilliam Darcy, who is a very proud man. Elizabeth Bennet, who is proud of herself, and Mr. Darcy are not fond of one another from the start, these two characters pose the central conflict in the novel. As the novel progresses, Elizabeth receives a marriage proposal from her cousin, Mr. Collins, and turns him down. Mr. Collins then proposes to Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth’s bestfriend, who accepts.
Single women were encouraged to marry a wealthy man to carry on their family fortune. For instance, Mr. Bingley is a handsome young man that was born into a family with wealth and high social prominence. Mrs. Bennet discovers that Mr. Bingley has moved to Hertfordshire and
In the search of a husband for their daughters, Mr Bennet values a loving union whereas Mrs Bennet values social status. The opening chapter sets the scene of the novel, highlighting the tension between these two very different characters. It begins with Mr Bennet mocking his wife: Mr Bennet understands the importance of Mr Bingleys visit but acts up his disinterest, "You are over scrupulous surely." (Chapter one) For Mrs Bennet, it is more important to marry off her daughters to eligible, young men without concern for their emotional well-being, "She was a woman of mean understanding, little information and uncertain temper." (Chapter one) This may be deemed as bad con... ... middle of paper ... ...ith one concern - marriage.
Mr. Bennet married his wife because of her youthful beauty and her ability to have children. The following quote describes how Mrs. Bennet's beauty faded and so did their enjoyment of each other, "[Mr. Bennet] captivated by youth and beauty...had married a woman whose weak understanding and illiberal mind, had very early in their marriage put an end to all real affection...Respect, esteem, and confidence had vanished forever." As the lust faded, Mrs. Bennet diverted her attention to finding husbands for her five daughters that would ensure each of them financial and social security. She was often viewed as more of a nuisance than of any help. Her daughter Elizabeth describes her manner as "so far from right herself...[and] entirely insensible of evil."
From Elizabeth’s pride, which made her misjudge Darcy because of firs... ... middle of paper ... ...de a background for this not-so-perfect love story. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” This opening sentence describes the plot of the novel Pride and Prejudice, and was written by Jane Austen. The novel follows the story of Elizabeth Bennet, a young and beautiful woman who does not want to conform to fit the social convention that all woman must be married to a man, preferably a wealthy one, to be happy. This social convention was also defied by the author of this novel, Jane Austen, who never married and lived with her sister for much of her life. Jane Austen, being a hopeless romantic, incorporated several romantic concepts such as love, marriage, family and other concepts to create both a romantic and serious novel, and describe the entire plot of the story in a single sentence.
First, she turns up her nose at George's special handmade slippers. Later she insults Aunt Julie's new hat, pretending to mistake it for the maid's. Hedda seems to abhor everything about George Tesman and his bourgeoisie existence. She demands much more class than he has been able to provide her, for she was the beautiful, charming daughter of General Gabler and deserved nothing but the finest. As the character of Hedda Gabler develops, the reader learns that she has only married George Tesman because her father's passing away left her no significant financial resources, nothing but a respectable heritage.
Happy for all her maternal feelings was the day on which Mrs Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters.’Discuss the theme of marriage in this novel with particular reference to Mrs Bennet and her three daughters who marry. ‘Happy for all her maternal feelings was the day on which Mrs Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters.’ Discuss the theme of marriage in this novel with particular reference to Mrs Bennet and her three daughters who marry. ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.’(Chapter 1, p1). This is the opening line to the book which is an ironic opening which sets the tone and theme of marriage and social criticism. This quote could be translated to mean that any single woman without a fortune must be in need of husband that has one.
Marriage in the early nineteenth century was an economic contract and in the case of the Bennet girls a means of financial security and social acceptability. Therefore Mrs. Bennets life revolved around her daughters security, 'The business of her life was to get her daughters married' and, 'A single man of large fortune what a fine thing for our girls'. Mrs. Bennets own marriage was not a happy one. Mr Bennet found retreat in his library. When he first married he was 'captivated by youth and beauty and that appearance of good humour had married a woman whose weak understanding and illiberal mind, had very early in their marriage put an end to real affection.. all his views of domestic happiness were overthrown..' A womans entire social,emotional and economic future depended entirely on how wealthy her husband would be.