Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen The opening chapter of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen accurately introduces some of the main characters in the novel, and adds a little humour to the introductions. The first sentence, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a large fortune must be in want of a wife”, introduces all the single males in the novel that are in search of finding a wife. Almost every single male in the novel is a rich man who is looking for a wife. The Bennet family is then introduced throughout the rest of the chapter. Mrs. Bennet opens up the conversation in the novel by informing Mr. Bennet that Bingley, a rich single male, is coming to their town, Netherfield Park. Mr. Bennet, who does not seem interested in his wife’s rant about Bingley, continues to listen to her. When asked if he will go visit Bingley and try to get a head start on getting one of his daughters to marry him, he declines. He doesn’t think his visit will give his daughters that upper hand and he does not seem to care about getting them married. His quick witty responses convince Mrs. Bennet that only the women should go see Bingley. These responses show Mr. Bennet’s wittiness and Mrs. Bennet’s gullibility. The first chapter also shows how much the women care about finding a rich husband for their daughters, possibly because they want their daughters to live more comfortably and easily than the lives they are living with their husbands. We are also briefly introduced to the Bennet daughters. We learn that Mr. Bennet’s favourite daughter is Lizzy, because she has “more of a quickness than her sisters”, while... ... middle of paper ... ...e same methods as a couple would use to obtain an ideal marriage, then perhaps we would be able to obtain an ideal society. By researching Jane Austen we know that most of the heroes and heroines end up at the end of the story in an ideal marriage. By having Darcy and Elizabeth end the novel engaged in an ideal marriage is a significant detail. Jane Austen, in doing this is suggesting that society would be better if it followed Elizabeth and Darcy's example. By controlling pride and prejudice, and by learning that compromise is sometimes the best way to happiness, society can hope to improve itself. Marriage in the end is the perfect ending, since it is both an affirmation of the values of society as well as a personal fulfilment, which it is for both Elizabeth and Darcy since they improve themselves by being together.

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