The marriage between Charlotte Lucas and Mr. Collins shows that marriage for love is not always possible. While speaking to Elizabeth about Jane happiness with Mr. Bingley Charlotte says " Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance ...and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person whom you are to pass your life " (ch.6 pg. 32-33) Charlotte is saying if you have to marry to be comfortable then it is better to leap before you look It’s a complicated situation because you are getting married to a person whom you don't even know. However some women have little choice. As much as the characters would like to be married for love some have no other choice.
(18.20). Correspondingly, the characters in many cases do what they have to do in order to not disgrace their family from being lower class. Catherine married Edgar even though she did not really love him because if she married Heathcliff instead it would have brought down her social class, but later regrets it as shown in, "I've no more business to marry Edgar Linton than I have to be in heaven; and if the wicked man in there had not brought Heathcliff so low, I shouldn't have thought of it. It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now." (9.92).
Zimmerman (Zimmerman 64-73)believes that “Lydia's interest in marriage has displaced any other perspective [she] might have, including a moral one”. Often marriages were arranged between parents to make sure their daughters or sons would find suitable husbands and wives in both regards to money and social standing. Marriages were also common to form political unions between houses, or to finalize a business contract. So the fact that Lydia and her family are not of a wealthy background Wickham cannot want her for financial reasons, consequently society would presume they had run away for sordid reasons. This, of course, would disgrace the family and bring disrepute on her family.
This is a clear example of social class and the different perspective characters express on the topic. Mrs. Bennet attempts to marry off her daughters to the best possible men. This was recognised by everyone and she often appeared to embarrass her daughters whenever she spoke. In her eyes the men she wanted for her daughters were wealthy, socially powerful and polite men. The idea that her daughters should marry for gain in material aspects of life was much more important for Mrs. Bennet than for her daughters to marry someone they were in love with.
However, near the end of the play she learns to love and respect Petruchio. It is evident that she honors Petruchio as her husband through her drastic change in attitude towards her family and friends. Before Katherine was married to Petruchio she was stubborn and resentful of her entire family. She believed that her father, Baptista, did not care for her as much as he did for her fairer sister, Bianca. She did not want to hear anybody’s opinions or advice, and she felt as if no one would ever want to marry her.
She is therefore amazed that her friend Charlotte Lucas does not marry for love, but for status and a comfortable home, "Charlotte engaged to Mr Collins - impossible". In this way she can be seen to be prejudiced and quite blind to other people's viewpoints other than her own - a failing on her part. Lizzy takes after Mr Bennet, in that she has a quick and generally accurate judgement of people's characters. It is clear at the beginning that she dislikes Mr Darcy, "with more quickness of observation, she was very little disposed to approve of him". At their first meeting Mr Darcy is very proud and disagreeable in contrast with the good-natured Mr Bingley.
Charlotte believes that women should not marry for love, but instead marry for the well-being of themselves and also to achieve stability. The women should marry for stability and then fall in love with her husband later. Charlotte wanted to please her family as well as keep the good fortune coming. Mr. Collins on the other side is very different from Charlotte. He is very full of himself as well as somewhat awkward and comes across as annoying at some points.
Once she finds out that he may possibly marry one of her daughters, her feelings toward him change: “the man whom she could not bear to speak of the day before, was now high in her good graces” (71). When she finds out that he might marry one of her daughters, she acts very friendly towards him and tries to please him in every way possible in hopes that he will marry one of her daughters. If he does so Mrs. Bennet knows that she might have security. Mr. Wickham doesn’t necessarily marry Lydia for her family’s money, because they don’t have any, but how it will benefit him to do so. When Mr. Gardiner writes back to the family, he explains that he has arranged for Mr. Wickham to marry Lydia, as long as Gardiner “[paid for] his debts to be discharged, and something still to remain” (288).
Mrs. Bennet continues her crying and her lamentations until her brother comes and she explains that she fears that Mr. Bennet will be killed and they will lose their home. Mrs. Bennet understands the situation, but she tries to gain power by trying to convince Mr. Gardner to protect them financially if something does happen to Mr. Bennet, which means she and her daughters will be economically set for the future. Another example of Mrs. Bennet’s emotion put to the test is when Mrs. Bennet mood goes from depressed to jovial due to Lydia marrying Wickham and them having a wedding. “Mrs. Bennet’s joy when the news arrives of the impending wedding is not tempered by any reservation regarding Lydia’s immoral behavior during the last few
Mr. Bennett agreed that, “the business of her life was to get her daughters married; i... ... middle of paper ... ... she did not love him, knowing that she would have been able to secure her fathers’ wealth. Elizabeth did not conform to her society’s expectations and refused to marry for any other reason than true love, sticking to what she believed in most although opposing the beliefs of her society. She placed a higher importance on interest, attraction, and love. Bibliography Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice,3rd ed.