How Does Jane Austen Present Elizabeth Bennet's Ideas About Marriage

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Jane Austen’s 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice conveys many varied opinions of love and marriage through the use of literary devices, writing style, language and dialogue present throughout the narrative. One of the outlooks that are developed in Austen’s novel is Elizabeth Bennet’s uncustomary views of marriage. These views that Austen establishes can strongly contrast her mother, Mrs Bennet’s more materialistic viewpoint and her close friend Charlotte Lucas’ conventional attitude which are also present throughout the plot.

Elizabeth Bennet (Lizzie), is one of the main protagonists in this novel and because of this, her views on marriage are one of the most evident outlooks displayed by the author. For Elizabeth, love is the most important …show more content…

Mrs Bennet has a materialistic view that marriage is for money. She believes that you need to marry into wealth so that you can support yourself and you family. This idea is first introduced when Mr Bingley comes into town and Mrs Bennet expresses her excitement that a man of wealth might one day be interested in one of her children. This idea is shown through the quote “Oh, single, my dear, to be sure! A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls!”. Her materialistic views come through in this dialogue as Austen has made her have a focus on money, in this sentence, she never once mentions who Mr Bingley is or what he is like, only that he has money and that is all that seems to matter to her. This strongly contrasts Lizzie’s views on marriage as Lizzie would much rather be happy, even if it means her family are worse off, then to marry into something for money, like her parents did, and suffer the unhappy marriage that has been displayed in front of her her whole life. Therefore, Mrs Bennet’s materialistic view that marriage is a tool to bring wealth and inheritance into a family differs from Lizzie’s and Jane Austen’s characterisation and dialogue can aid the readers understanding of this.

To conclude, Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice displays many varied opinions on love and marriage. Elizabeth Bennet’s unconventional view that marriage is for love can be seen to completely contrast the conventional and materialistic views from her friend Charlotte Lucas, and her mother Mrs Bennet. Austen help’s readers to understand these differing views through her various writing techniques throughout the

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