Comparison of Mr. Wickham's and Elizabeth's Attitude Towards Marriage in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

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Comparison of Mr. Wickham's and Elizabeth's Attitude Towards Marriage in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

The novel, 'Pride and Prejudice' revolves around a mother of five

daughters, Mrs. Bennet, whose sole purpose is to marry off her

daughters to suitable men. Her eldest, Jane, is her most prized

daughter. Mrs. Bennet is assured that Jane's beauty and meticulous

manners will win her a prized husband. In the end Mrs. Bennet succeeds

in marrying her to a husband and in addition she gets Lydia and

Elizabeth married too; Jane to Mr Bingley, Lydia to Mr. Wickham and

Elizabeth to Mr. Darcy.

Pride and Prejudice is an enduringly popular 19th century novel

written by the English author Jane Austen. The general theme through

this book is marriage as it focuses mainly upon different types of

marriage and the proposals leading up to them, she gives us the view

of the characters and their thoughts towards marriage, as there are

some people who marry for wealth and others marring for happiness and


Mr Wickham is a man that is looking for a woman to marry, preferably a

woman with money. But in the novel Mr. Wickham becomes attracted to

Elizabeth Bennet. When he arrives in Meryton, he and takes an instant

liking to Elizabeth, even though he knows she has no money. If they

were to marry they would be living every day as if it were their last.

This is because Mr. Wickham does not get a very good income as an

officer in the regiments. He leaves the Bennet house and goes on to

look for a wife with money. He does not look far to find Miss King. He

became engaged to her and her money, and Elizabeth on hearing about

the engagement thought ...

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...alises that she is proud too, and

she is surprised at this as she seemed to be always right in her first

instincts though finds out that she is wrong about Mr. Darcy and Mr.


In the end Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy both get married together and live

'at Pemberley'.

Overall Mr. Wickham's attitude towards marriage differs from

Elizabeth's because Mr. Wickham is superficial and not serious at all,

since he just wants to marry somebody preferable a woman with a lot of

money as he is a mercenary man.

But Elizabeth on the other-hand is profound and quite serious about

her marriage as she wants it to be perfect al most. She is also very

disinterested as in she does not go for the rich and powerful but for

someone who she can respect, for example, when she turned Mr. Darcy

down when he offered her in marriage.
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