It makes people think badly of the family and shames them. People knew that Wickham wasn?t in love with Lydia, and that Lydia lives for the excitement. Lydia?s attitude towards marriage was that she enjoys flirting and having a good time, so wasn?t thinking of her future. In the book it says that Mr Wickham?s ?affection for her soon sunk into indifference?. As they were not thinking about love or their future, their marriage is not a happy one and although Lydia likes to brag about being the first one of the daughters to be married, it is predicted she will regret this later.
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.
It is also customary for the two families involved in the arranged marriage to exchange gifts. When parents look for a husband for their daughters they make sure that the suitor doesn’t have a job that requires a lot of moving or a job that can potentially endanger his life. For example, parents of the... ... middle of paper ... ...r ruining the lives of their sons/daughters. Not only is that a consequence of the failed marriage, but the divorce will stay in the family’s background, which makes it harder for other children in the family to get married in the future. While arranged marriages are still a common practice, and some girls believe that there are benefits from the arranged marriage, some future brides feel uncertain and scared of getting married because it would mean that they would have to leave the comfort of their home.
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.
As quoted, “And yet she loved him sometimes. Often she did not” (Choplin, 16), which exhibits emotional apathy or indifference. It is what every woman is supposed to do to the man she wishes to marry. Love has to play an important part of a marriage, but some beg to differ. In today’s society people marry for money, citizenship, companionship and a host of other things.
As much as the characters would like to be married for love some have no other choice. As Mr. Collins is proposing to Charlotte Jane Austen says "Without thinking highly of either men of matrimony, marriage, had always been her object; it was the only honorable provision for well-educated young women of small fortune, and however uncertain of giving happiness, must be their pleasantest preservation from want." (pg. 146) This quote describes how Charlottes complicated situation. Unfortunately she had to just had ... ... middle of paper ... ...is married however to anyone whom is not her brother.
They were expected to be good daughters, good wives, and good mothers. A woman was expected to move from the protection of her father's roof to the protection of her husband. Edna didn't fit this mold, and that eventually leads her husband to send for a doctor. It is here that Edna Pontellier says words that define The Awakening, "I don't want anything but my own way. That is wanting a good deal, of course, when you have to trample upon the lives, the hearts, the prejudices of others - but no matter_" As the book begins, Edna is a married woman who seems vaguely satisfied with her life.
Collins must marry someone which had led to Mr. Darcy And Elizabeth to meet for the first time, this event encouraged Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s relationship with one another to grow. Lady Catherine had come to a strong disagreement towards her nephew and Lizzy’s relationship. She tried to break off any possibility of them getting married by getting Elizabeth to admit to Darcy that he might have obtained her affections. Her plan of separating the two was beginning to be successful but it didn’t affect how Mr. Darcy had felt about Elizabeth. It had only encouraged him to write a letter to her to set things straight between each other, also because of this he propose to her the second time and she accepted since she had found out that she was wrong about him.
In a conversation between the two Elizabeth states, ‘…I do like him,… I love him.’ P303. She is aware that her feelings towards Darcy haven’t always been this positive, but she believes that he is able to make her happy. Elizabeth believes happiness is the first sign to a good marriage. Therefore, this reflects Elizabeth and D... ... middle of paper ... ...n a man of large fortune should be in want of a wife. Though Mr Bennet was not a man of large fortune, he did however, need a wife so that in the event of his death, he had a heir to pass of family fortune to.
In the case of Edna and Léonce, Edna thought that being married would conform her more to her society, and when she received the disapproval of both her sister and father that gave her an even higher inclination to marry Léonce. Love to me is having a family and being supportive of each others decisions. Edna and Léonce have half of that, they together have two children. Back then the women were supposed to be a mother-woman but Edna on the other hand was... ... middle of paper ... ...ther companion. Edna was missing the attention from both her husband and Robert so when Alcée directed his attention to Edna she instantly fell for his charm and good looks.