Act five scene two is set at the wedding feast of Bianca and Lucentio, where the three married men place a bet on the obedience of their wives. The Widow and Bianca are called first, and both having learned from Katherine, refuse their husbands. Having witnessed Katherine’s previous rebelliousness and non-submissive behaviors gave the two well learned elizabethan women the strength not only to refuse their husbands, but to make their husbands come to them. When Lucentio sends Biondello to fetch his wife, she tells Biondello that “she is busy and she cannot come.” (5.2.84) In the past she would have dropped everything to race to his side as a good wife would have. However, learning from Kate, she refuses him.
Marriage in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice The novel 'Pride and Prejudice', written by Jane Austin, tells the story of a man, his five daughters, and his wife whose sole purpose in life is to marry off her daughters to 'suitable' men. Her eldest daughter, Jane is her most prized daughter. Mrs. Bennet is assured that Jane's beauty and meticulous manners will win her a high-quality husband who may be able to support not just Jane, but her other sisters as well. The story is told by the second daughter, Elizabeth. She does not necessarily want to be confined to a marriage of convenience and social status.
Jane Austen, in her book Pride and Prejudice, constantly explores and analyzes the qualities and characteristics that constitute a “good” marriage in early 19th century England. Many in this time period marry for pragmatic or social motivations, and many vulnerable young girls fall prey to the prospects that a rich man with an estate would offer to her and her family. Although many other girls sacrifice their personal happiness by marrying wealthy men, Elizabeth Bennet is not one of them. Elizabeth Bennet does not get “seduced” by Mr. Darcy’s terrific estate or by his superior social status, nor does she fall prey to the social vices that bind Charlotte and Lydia to their respective husbands. She knows what she wants in a husband and is not going to be influenced out of her wishes by anyone.
The plot of the novel follows traditional plot guidelines; although there are many small conflicts, there is one central conflict that sets the scene for the novel. The novel is about an embarrassing; mismatched couple and their five daughters. The novel begins with Mrs. Bennet, telling her daughters of the importance of marrying well. During this time a wealthy man, Charles Bingley, moves close to Netherfield, where the Bennets’ reside. 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.
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." This first sentence of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice brings together the lives of the characters who are in pursuit of marriage. Austen uses many examples throughout the novel to illustrate the good and bad reasons behind marriage to reveal her idea of the perfect marriage. The reader is most familiar with the unhappy marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. Mr. Bennet married his wife because of her youthful beauty and her ability to have children.
Relationships and marriages play a crucial role in the novel, Pride and Prejudice. Some of the important relationships shown in the novel are out of pure love while, most are together for the sense of security, money, and convenience for the both of the partners. Each character holds a different perspective on love and marriage. A handful of characters even become involved in each others’ “love life.” In this particular time period, the parents of the daughters purposefully try to marry them off based on money and looks. In this case, we see Mrs. Bennet play the role of the crazy mother who wants her daughter to be married off to any man with money.
He is a gentleman; I am a gentleman's daughter; so far we are equal”(337). Mr. Darcy enjoys the fact that he fell in love with Elizabeth first and had to pursue her instead of her chasing after him, like most woman in the novel do. He does not stand to gain anything in status and money by marrying her. In Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, there are many characters who get married. They all get married for different reasons, some better than others.
Instead of listening to her mother, who instills in her daughters that to secure their future they must follow the social norm of marrying a wealthy man, Elizabeth chooses to search for love. When looking for a respectable husband, most women in the novel only value social status and disregard character and morals. Elizabeth’s good friend, Charlotte Lucas, falls into this category of women when claiming, “Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance” (23). At the beginning of the novel, it is clear that Elizabeth stands out in her family and society because of her thoughts toward marriage. Elizabeth is from a middle class family and “Matrimony is not something [she] can afford to take lightly, because failure to find a husband will leave her in a state of relative poverty” (Monaghan).
Charlotte Lucas will marry to solidify her life, not because she loves, for many people are unkind about her ability to marry well; thus after her marriage to Mr. Collins, she spends all of her time avoiding him. Charlotte knows that even though she wants to marry more than anything in the world, she does not expect love to come about; thus, she decides that it is probably even better if you don't know a thing at all about the person you are marrying. While Charlotte is speaking to Elizabeth about her sister, she expressed her opinion as to Jane Bennet's relationship towards a gentleman. She says it is probably better not to study a person because you would probably know as much after twelve months as if she married him the next day. Charlotte even goes as far as to say that "it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life" (p.21).
England has always had a rich history of interesting cultural traditions but arguably none as prevalent as marriage. Marriage, the union of two people with emotional ideals and expectations, are brought on by many different factors that include: for love, for money, for climbing social status, escapism, survival, etc. In Jane Austen’s novels, she focuses on the importance of marriage in her world because she wanted to emphasize how marriage is the most important life event of a woman as this would determine her place in society. Persuasion shows readers good and bad examples of marriage: the amiable Crofts and other couples such as Sir Walter & Lady Elliot and the Smiths. Jane Austen uses the Crofts to support the importance of marriage equality as a contrast to marital traditions of Regency England.