Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

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Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

In the nineteenth century, middle and upper-class women could not get

jobs; they lived with their parents or relatives until they married.

There were different reasons for marrying then, by marrying someone

wealthy they secure their future financially, however, to marry

someone wealthy they had to have a high social rank. Other reasons for

people to marry would be to obtain household security; Mrs Bennett

wants her daughters to marry because if Mr Bennett dies, she will be

able to move in with one of her daughters. Others marry for love,

Charlotte says, "In nine of ten cases, a woman had better show more

affection than she feels." Charlotte believes that you should marry

for financial security, and if love happens to be in that marriage

then you are quite lucky. "Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter

of chance."

Jane Austen uses the third person omniscient narrative technique to

clearly show the thoughts and feelings of each character to one

another. Since marriage is an important aspect towards the story, this

technique shows how the characters attitude towards each other

changes.

Marriages that are based on financial security are the kind of

marriage that Mrs Bennett wants her daughters to have. Mrs Bennett

believes that she is going to live longer than Mr Bennett, if this

happens, the next male heir (Mr Collins) can choose whether or nor she

can remain living in that household. Mrs Bennett knows that if one of

her daughters gets married, then she will be able to move in with

them, and Mrs Bennett is the kind of woman who would move in with the

daughter who marries the wealthiest man and out stay her welcome.

Charlotte and Mr Collins have this kind of a marriage; Charlotte

believes that it is better to secure your future financially than to

find true love. Mr Collins married for status, since he is a

clergyman; he knew it would be ideal for him. He also had the

intention of marrying because Lady Catherine De Bourgh advised him to

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