5), depicts the importance of wealth and status to women wanting a husband. Mrs. Bennet is established as a "woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temperâ€¦the business of her life was to get her daughters married." Mrs. Bennet is noisy and foolish and is only consumed by the desire to get her daughters married. Austen uses her to continually highlight the necessity of marriage for young women since Mrs.
As a means for coping with the irritation his wife's ... ... middle of paper ... ...ily money together. She assumes he has forgotten 'what he owes himself and his family.' Her view is that of one very common in Austen's era, that fortune should be built upon by marriage, but we see Darcy, like Elizabeth, sees marrying for love as more important that marrying for financial gain, revealing to us that he shares a strong morality with Elizabeth in a time when such principles were rarely come across. This of course expresses Austen's own ethics. We are left to feel that Darcy and Lizzie have made the perfect match for one another, thanks to the ingredients of good sense, stability, affection, common interest, complimenting disposition and most importantly mutual respect.
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.
She's the foolish, whimsical and irrational sister, driven by passion and emotion. Both characters are put in similar situations throughout the book and, true to the title, act with sense and sensibility. Elinor's courtship with Edward against Marianne's affair with Willoughby contrasts the characters ideas of marriage and love. Elinor, though interested in Edward, would not admit anything more than having "great esteem" for him. Elinor looked at the situation practically, citing that Mrs. Ferras would be the ultimate factor in their courtship because Edward's future (and fortune) depended on what Mrs. Ferras thought of Edward's possible wife.
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.
She does not necessarily want to be confined to a marriage of convenience and social status. Elizabeth is the only character who demands to marry not only a suitable man, but also one she loves. Her younger sisters however, Lydia and Catherine are immature and simply obsessed with flirting with officers. Jane Austin clearly conveys her judgment of the characters through their actions and through their marriages. Once Mrs. Bennet begins to accomplish her goal of marrying her daughters, the reader is able to evaluate each of the marriages and their circumstances.
Love in Relationships vs. Love for Oneself In a day where loving yourself first is not only accepted but often expected, it is a stretch for the 20th (or 21st) century mind to see marriage as a necessity, as it was for Jane Austen and some of the greatest of her heroines. Marriage for money and convenience, as well as familial preservation, formally dominated matchmaking choices. Love and romance were but luxuries in the business-like fashion of marriage. Austen contested this reality and criticized it, but she also placed one thing above romance: the Self. Austen undoubtedly prizes respect for the Self above social expectation and relationships.
However, Austen makes it evident Charlotte is equally aware of her motives towards the marriage, as she commits to Mr. Collins for her “disinterested desire of gaining an establishment” (Austen 97). The potential for property and financial freedom clouts all other reason for marriage and leaves Charlotte blindly accepting his offer, even though her prospect of future happiness remains inauspicious. Austen is giving the stereotypical version of the nineteenth century marriage; it is one of marrying for the prospect of higher societal grounds, and it becomes a pure “want o... ... middle of paper ... ...st in the midst of misery. It is possible to attain this status, yet it must be by the companionship of two people alongside the glorification of the individual. The individual must be content in order for the couple as a whole to function properly.
Their marriage was based on ... ... middle of paper ... ...cy crawls back in humiliation and toning down his pride as a man in pursuit for not some weak, dim-witted, and superficial female, but instead for a strong and independent individual. With Jane Austen’s character development for Mr. Darcy in change of values for the ideal women, it puts the dignified feminist women on a pedestal as the more appealing figure, in contrast to the stereotypical materialistic Victorian woman. Jane Austen satirizes and reveals the corrupt and distorted social values in the Victorian Era. Expanding on this idea, the two themes of marriage versus true love and women’s roles in society, Austen criticizes and ridicules the shallow life of the 1800s. A society full of superficial means needs to be careful in obscuring social views, especially for the wealthy not to base the meaning of life and ideals on the frivolous, gaudy materialisms.
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.