Love And Marriage In Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice

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In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen portrays a world in which choices for individuals are very limited, based almost exclusively on family wealth, social rank, and connections. A woman in such a world had little choice for her future; marriage presented the only option for leaving her family, and her response to a marriage proposal provided her only input in the outcome of her life. Although members of the upper class, the Bennet sisters and Charlotte Lucas have no inheritance, making marriage their only option for attaining wealth and maintaining or increasing their social standing. While Charlotte chooses to marry for security, Lydia marries impulsively to pursue her simplistic notion of love and marriage. Elizabeth Bennet illustrates an ideal form of marriage, as she refuses to trade her independent spirit for financial comfort and will only consent to a marriage based on love.…show more content…
Collins, castigating the impetuous marriage of Lydia and Wickham, and praising the marriage of Elizabeth and Darcy, Jane Austen argues that the ideal marriage is one based on

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