Austen makes it clear throughout her writings that marriage for mercenary reasons such as for money, attraction, a home or rank is a bad idea and the ending of Pride and Prejudice is witness to this: Charlotte Lucas and Mr. Collins end up avoiding each other, Mr. Bennet continuously takes amusement at his wife's expense, and Lydia soon loses Wickham`s affec... ... middle of paper ... ...ng force behind his unsatisfying yet entertaining marriage. Weinsheimer's article defines an ideal choice as one that "is made in full awareness of motives and consequences." I argue that it is seldom in real life or fiction that individuals are able to make a choice in full awareness of its consequences, and likewise, most individuals would shy away from making an uninformed choice. Most of Austen's characters seem to be making educated choices where they are somewhat aware of or can at least guess the consequences of their actions. As a reader I resent the idea of chance being given such importance where it is undeserved.
Themes and Fate in The Awakening and Madame Bovary Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary are both tales of women indignant with their domestic situations; the distinct differences between the two books can be found in the authors' unique tones. Both authors weave similar themes into their writings such as, the escape from the monotony of domestic life, dissatisfaction with marital expectations and suicide. References to "fate" abound throughout both works. In The Awakening, Chopin uses fate to represent the expectations of Edna Pontellier's aristocratic society. Flaubert uses "fate" to portray his characters' compulsive methods of dealing with their guilt and rejecting of personal accountability.
Pepys constantly cheats on his wife. He eventually is caught cheating by his wife but he is mad when he realizes that he does not put her in her place. The Way of the World and The Diary shows the problems that Astell writes about. She speaks the truth which puts her ahead of her time but also shows that she is not marriage material because she might outsmart her husband. During the English Restoration, Mary Astell's piece Some Reflections Upon Marriage repeals the systematic way of marriage arrangements and advises woman to refrain from the contract until husband and wife are equal.
Henchard admits that “Farfrae would never recognize him more than superciliously; his poverty ensured that, no less than his past conduct. And so Elizabeth would grow to be a stranger to him, and the end of his life would be a friendless solitude”(381). However, Elizabeth-Jane is not influenced negatively by Farfrae. Henchard is rejected only when Elizabeth-Jane discovers the selfish lie her stepfather had told to keep Newson from her. Elizabeth-Jane is a... ... middle of paper ... ...bstacles of rejection yet both characters have the strength to reconcile these situations in some way.
Instead of developing a different system to join two people together, intimacy became another basis for marriage, but divorce and infidelity were still social taboos. Marriage was not structurally built to provide eternal intimacy and those who uses the escapes of divorce and infidelity were punished to be social outcasts. ... ... middle of paper ... ...io. Giuliana focuses only her own issues and as a result, emotionally neglects her son. To gain his mother's affection, Valerio fakes paralysis because the viewer assumes the only time the Guiliana wholly pays attention to her son is when he is sick.