Comparing Marriage Proposals from Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice The story of Pride and Prejudice revolves around a mother of five daughters, Mrs. Bennet, whose sole purpose is to marry off her daughters to suitable men. Jane is the eldest out of the Bennet sisters. Jane is the closest to Elizabeth from the rest of her sisters, this is because they stand on similar maturity levels, and Elizabeth is the second oldest. The main theme of the novel is based on the importance of marriage. It is important because a woman will have to marry a suitable man who can support her when her father passes away, it is equally important to men because it is important for them to keep their social status, they will do this by finding a wife at a suitable age.
This provides the reader a deeper insight into emotions and feelings, rather than physical description of characters and visualisation of the scenes. The opening chapter briefly introduces the Bennets and Mrs Bennet’s concern to make sure all her daughters are married. Although only Mr Bennet and Mrs Bennet is present, the reader also finds out about the sisters as well. From just this short chapter, immediately, the protagonists in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ are obviously, Elizabeth, Jane and Bingley. In conclusion, the first chapter is very important and definitely introduces the reader to the central characters and concerns of the novel.
Marriage is central for all characters in the novel: not just daughters and sons, but parents, aunts, uncles and everybody else who has some interest in the subject. Though it is of course most in the interest of the daughter herself to get married, the interests of the own family can be important for the choice of husband and wife. It is not appropriate for the daughter to choose whoever she likes for her husband, which she- if she wants a happy marriage- is not very likely to do. I will discuss the reasons for the careful choice of a proper husband below. "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife" This is the first line in the novel, which clearly shows the connection between money and marriage.
At their first meeting Mr Darcy is very proud and disagreeable in contrast with the good-natured Mr Bingley. It shows that she is a very good judge of character and that she takes her first impressions... ... middle of paper ... ...she will only marry him if she can grow to love him as much as he loves her. His attitudes to marriage change after rejection at the first proposal. In conclusion, attitudes to marriage would seem to depend on social status and wealth. Those with social status and wealth would seem to look for the same things in a partner first, with love coming second, as seen in Lady Catherine's preference for her own daughter to marry Mr Darcy rather than Elizabeth.
Elizabeth is a romantic, and wants to find a man worthy of her love. On the other hand, Charlotte believes “happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.” Elizabeth laughs at her friend, and replies, “You know it is not sound, and that you would never act in this way yourself” (24). However, Charlotte soon enters into a marriage that offers her a good home and security, but a repulsive husband. With these two characters, Austen illustrates the two kinds of marriages most common in the novel: Charlotte’s is an example of a secure, if not pleasant, marriage arrangement. Elizabeth eventually marries Darcy out of genuine love for him, not for want of money or prospects.
Elizabeth is her father’s favorite daughter and mothers least favorite. She is independent, and stands up for herself, and she does so even to those who are above her in social class, like Darcy and Lady Catherine. Austen states "she had a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in anything ridiculous" (Austen, 14). However, Elizabeth has a sense of humor that not many people get, sometimes this can lead to misunderstandings, for example when she tells Mr. Darcy "rather wonder now at his knowing any accomplished women” (Austen 51). This is also sometimes good when she makes fun of Mr. Collins to his face.
Courtship is friendly and often ingratiating attention for the purpose of winning a favor or establishing an alliance or other relationships. Courtship is a reoccurring theme in the novel The Pride and the Prejudice. For example, Mrs. Bennet is very concerned that all her daughters will marry, Lydia eloped with Wickham, Elizabeth turned down Mr. Collins proposal, and Darcy fell in love with Elizabeth. Have you ever wondered why people focus so much on growing up and getting married? Mrs. Bennet's main concern in life is to see that all her daughters are married, preferably to wealthy men.
Comparison of Mr. Wickham's and Elizabeth's Attitude Towards Marriage in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice The novel, 'Pride and Prejudice' revolves around a mother of five daughters, Mrs. Bennet, whose sole purpose is to marry off her daughters to suitable men. Her eldest, Jane, is her most prized daughter. Mrs. Bennet is assured that Jane's beauty and meticulous manners will win her a prized husband. In the end Mrs. Bennet succeeds in marrying her to a husband and in addition she gets Lydia and Elizabeth married too; Jane to Mr Bingley, Lydia to Mr. Wickham and Elizabeth to Mr. Darcy. Pride and Prejudice is an enduringly popular 19th century novel written by the English author Jane Austen.
Marriage in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice The key theme of pride and prejudice is marriage. This is indicated in the opening of the novel, when Jane Austen muses, somewhat sardonically, that 'it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife'. This sets the tone appropriately for the rest of the novel, as all Austen's core plots centre around marriage. It was an institute of paramount importance to people of Austen's time. As a young lady, marriage was not only for love, but also for fortune, convenience, stature and respect.
Women could only accomplish this goal through successful marriage, which explains the value of matrimony as the topic of conversation in Austen's writing. She portrays these ideas through the image and qualities of her various characters: the Bennets, Charlotte, Elizabeth and Darcy, and Jane and Bingley right from the beginning of the novel. The novel is introduced with evidence that marriage is to be an imperative theme. The significance to Mrs. Bennet and the rest of the women in their society of the arrival of Mr. Bingley, "a young man of large fortune"(pg. 5), depicts the importance of wealth and status to women wanting a husband.