The notion of marrying simply for love was seen as an unrealistic fairytale dream, and something that wasn’t suited for a world that was so cruel to those with less. Marriages were most often formed only for political and social gain, and that idea limited the options of both women and men. In many instances, “Individuals often ignore their own opinion in favor of the opinions of others.” (Schöbel, Rieskamp, Huber, 1). For example, once his initial dislike for Elizabeth passes, Mr. Darcy finds himself fancying her, a poor girl, more than a rich man should. Mr. Darcy is influenced by the rules of society just as much as any other person, especially since he is a part of the upper class.
We are influenced throughout the novel to agree with her attitude towards her contempt for society. Austen does not approve of society's ideas at the time of women being looked down upon because they do not marry and are dependent on the male. She feels as though one should marry for love and not money but understands that it's not always possible.
Even with the differing views of the individuals within the two previously mentioned novels, the same social class issues are seen. The problems that are in the two books include wealth, housing, gender roles, as well as marriage to someone worthy enough. In Elizabeth Bennet’s case, she is wealthy, but not as rich as the Darcys. Elizabeth’s actions continually remove gender as an inhibitor, and her refusal to marry Mr. Collins to keep the family estate in the family sets her views of wealth in an unequivocal standpoint. Jane Eyre, on the other hand, shows the same traits as Elizabeth Bennet, only from a lower-class point of view.
Jane continues on to say that this view is wrong and those living in poverty have just as ‘much soul’, if not more soul, than the aristocracy. This small speech that Jane gives directly criticises the norm in Victorian society at the time society that the poor were dishonourable, amoral and lived on the fringes of criminality. Before Jane can become Rochester’s wife she has to prove that she holds upper-class sensibility, however even though Jane become “quite a lady” her cousins are still seen as her superiors socially based solely on wealth. Nonetheless, Bronte does not alter society’s boundaries at any point in the novel –Barton is highly critical of the nature of Victorian society but ultimately Jane is able to marry Rochester as his equal only because she has managed to come into her own inheritance. The novel still however critiques the behaviour of most of the of the upper-class characters Jane meets; John Reed is dishonest as is Rochester with his series of mistresses, Blanche Ingram is conceited and Eliza Reed is inhumanely cold.
All of these female leads share one very important common traits that must be the reason these characters have remained relatable through time - they are all underdogs. They are all not the most desirable female character in their novels. It is as if Austen doesn’t want us to connect or relate to the superior females in their society’s standards. She wants us to be the underdog who finds love. For example Lizzie Bennet is loved by her father for her wit and her charm, her mother however her mom describes her “Lizzy is not a bit better than the others; and I am sure she is not half so handsome as Jane nor half so good humoured as Lydia,” (Pride and Prejudice
But Jane Austen proves this contrary in her novel Pride and Prejudice. Her protagonist, Elizabeth, defies the social norm of acquiring a husband for the mere sake of security and instead looks for love. But Elizabeth is no weak, romanticized girl. Her “modern” outlook leads her ultimately to success. Other characters like Charlotte or Lydia will have lukewarm or cold marriages because there were no true feelings of love or even affection; thus, though financial stability is present in Charlotte’s case, there is no intrinsic relationship stability.
Likewise, Walsingham does not marry Lucy because he appreciates her intellect or creativity: his main concern is her... ... middle of paper ... ... is based on money. With what treasures could they leave the world? Emily and Kelroy, however, find love, which money can never truly replace. Emily knew to refuse admirations from men who could offer her nothing but material worth, therefore leaves the world with what her sister and mother never allowed themselves to experience. Rebecca Rush creates the characters of Emily and Kelroy to show us an example of true love, and to compare them to characters who deny love.
Viewers can’t help but think that the younger individual must be with the older man for the money. Such stories subliminally scream the message that if a person of romantic interest posesses a desirable amount of money, a straight way to happiness is to be with that person. Although a person with a lot of money might render financial security and stability, it won’t, however, possibly mask a lover’s terrible personality. Daisy, while being married to “…one of the most powerful ends…” ( Fitzgerald 6), carries within her, “…and expression of unthoughtful sadness.” (13) Even though Daisy has possibly everything she could ever want, she is still unsatisfied with life and is searching for something better. “[Her and Tom] had spent a year in France for no particular reason... ... ... middle of paper ... ...th of the matter is, though, that people become slaves to money and all it entails.
If she went to pieces it’s because there was a rotten streak in her. She was naturally unbalanced; even her love for [her husband] was exaggerated. If she’d had character she’d have been able to make something of life (196).” Isabel is expressing since Sophie is acting different than her normal self she is not normal and never really was. Instead of being a friend to Sophie she would rather have nothing to do with her because she feels there is not anything one can do. Isabel does not care about the well beings of her friends’ even if she has known them all her life.
Tony was probably ‘a good catch’ and in days gone by the woman was not allowed to think for themselves but just to find a good eligible and wealthy husband. Milly however seems to really care and would be the one who would forgive him this could be misinterpreted to be either hopelessly in love or maybe gullible. Sophy who was recently widowed was manoeuvred into going with the vicar because of social standing but she really wanted to be with Sam Hobson. She felt under the circumstances that she had no other choice.