Sir Walter by calling Anne and Wentworth's relationship an 'alliance' shows that he believes it should be no more than a business relationship. Austen's tone of 'He thought it a very degrading alliance' scorns this op... ... middle of paper ... ... titles are measured and weighed in the consideration of marriage. In finality, Austen uses marriage in the novel as a social yardstick to measure and compare the characters in the novel. Austen?s tone is condemning when talking of marriages based on money, which on one hand shows her recognition of romance and sentimentalism but on the other can be seen as her bitterness for never finding love and marrying. For a novelist so concerned with the theme of marriage, it would seem that Austen believes in love with marriage being the just way to display affection.
Elizabeth thinks Darcy is arrogant and snobbish due to his pride in his social status. His attempts to interfere in Bingley and Jane’s engagement also hampers Elizabeth’s prejudice on Darcy as well. Darcy’s proposal contains feminism because he spends most of his time emphasizing Elizabeth’s lower rank and unsustainability rather than complimenting her or pledging his love. The narrator states, “He was not more eloquent on the subject of tenderness than of pride.” (Jane Austen, 142). Darcy must make his love for Elizabeth a priority over his sense of superiority.
As she is humanized, Swift successfully demolishes the ridiculous fantasies of love and beauty, and men are also able to see more clearly behind the clothing and make-up. In “A Lady’s Dressing Room,” Swift exposes the contradiction between idealized love created by eighteenth century society and reality, as he forces Strephon see past Celia’s façade by investigating Celia’s dressing room and discovering traumatizing facts as well as disillusioning him with the help of Swift’s vivid description. Swift represents love as impractical and unnatural in his satire in order to mock eighteenth century society because of their obsession with love and beauty. Initially, Swift begins by referring to Celia as a “goddess from her chamber…” (ln 1) in order to mock the glorification women tend to receive from men. Also, Celia spends “five hours…in dressing” (ln 2-3).
Jane Austen has positioned her audience so that we are influenced to agree with her attitudes on the importance of marrying for love. Austen has used her characters to express the issue of love. Such characters as Mr Collins and Charlotte Lucas and Wickham and Lydia represent marriage for superficial purposes, which can never result in happiness. The juxtapositioned relationship between the characters of Darcy and Elizabeth show the audience that happiness in marriage can only be achieved if the couple both throw away immediate physical attractions and financial desires and marry for nothing else but true love. Works Cited: Austen, Jane.
Jane Austen's View of Marriage in Pride and Prejudice "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want if a wife" This comment is humorous and satirical, but holds an underlying truth. The fact that Jane Austen opens the novel with such a comment on marriage evidences the importance of the theme in the book. Indeed the novel is all about marriage in society. Austen lived in a time when marriage was the only way out for some women, or they would be forced to become a governess and lose their independence. The way that this opening sentence is out provides another theme, satire.
At first she held feelings for Mr. Wickham and a sense of prejudice for Darcy. When Darcy proposes to Elizabeth she is shocked and offended by his prideful nature. “He believed, that were it not for the inferiority of her connections, he should be in some danger” (Austen, 33). During the proposal, Darcy emphasizes the distance in their social standings. This is an immediate turnoff for Elizabeth and reassures her feelings toward him.
These are some of the reasons why, while Darcy falls each time more in love with Elizabeth, she grows more disguised by him. To worsen the situation, Darcy proposes to Elizabeth in a very unfitting manner. Austen describes, “he was not more eloquent on the subject of tenderness than of pride. His sense of her inferiority- of its being a degradation- of the family obstacles which had always opposed to inclination, were dwelt on with a warmth which seemed due to the consequence he was wounding, but was very unlikely to recommend his suit”(124). This reveals that in his proposal, Darcy focused on Elizabeth’s inferiority regarding poor family connections and low social rank.
Pride and Prejudice Essay: Own Prompt #8-The Obscurities of the Victorian Society In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen satirizes the superficially built society in Victorian Era by pointing out the flaws with the recurring themes of marriage versus love and gender roles through dramatic irony and character relations. All relationships and the idea of true love tend to be obscured by this materialistic society that is based on wealth, power, title, and connections. Jane Austen constantly paints the Victorian scene of the socialite women gathering to discuss about the idea of marriage as Charlotte Lucas points out that “there is much gratitude or vanity in every form of attachment that it is not safe to leave any to itself…very few of us who have heart enough to be really in love without encouragement.” Charlotte reveals that their society’s image on marriage has flaws and impurities. The theme is even more emphasized with the dramatic irony that even though Charlotte clearly sees the obscurity of society’s marriage, she herself doesn’t want to disappoint her parents and marries Mr. Collins in order to be financially stable. Marriage has become more of a way of an economic opportunity or embedded with self-promoting ulterior motives, rather than the act of true love and companionship.
In “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde he uses satire to show whether or not marriage is pleasurable or just a social obligation. In general many use marriage or “love” as a way of creating a higher social status. In “Pride and Prejudice” Jane Austen also uses satire to show inequality that controls a relationships between a men and a women and how it can affect a women's choice and opinion regarding marriage. Although the two stories are different they have plenty of similarities when it comes to demonstrating how much people depended on their reputation when it comes to marriage or love. The relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy, in Jane Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice” explores marriage and love.
Irony, Values and Realism in Pride and Prejudice The focus of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is the prejudice of Elizabeth Bennet against the apparent arrogance of her future suitor, Fitzwilliam Darcy, and the blow to his pride in falling in love with her. The key elements of the story are the irony, values and realism of the characters as they develop. Jane Austen¹s irony is devastating in its exposure of foolishness and hypocrisy. Self-delusion or the attempt to fool other people are usually the object of her wit. There are various forms of exquisite irony in Pride and Prejudice, sometimes the characters are unconsciously ironic, as when Mrs. Bennet seriously asserts that she would never accept any entailed property, though Mr. Collins is willing to.