Social Status And Love In Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice

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Social Status and Love in Pride and Prejudice One of the world 's most popular novels, Jane Austen 's Pride and Prejudice is based in the Regency era in England and shows the amount of power and influence social status had during this time period. Pride and Prejudice is a humorous reading of the social environment of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century England, and it is mainly concerned with women getting married with upper class men. The idea of love has very little meaning to most people, because what pushes people to marry and look for relationships in this era is money, power, and social status. This book emphasizes and teaches us just how little power women have and how important a simple title and a rich family can be when…show more content…
The higher your class and social status, the better you are treated, the more highly you are respected, the more respected you are, and the more opportunities you are given. One point that is made very clear throughout the book is the effect the strict importance of the social status in Regency England has on marriage. This is made very obvious by Darcy’s refusal of Elizabeth based on her lower social status. It showed just how snobby Darcy is and how society has made him believe that because of his social standing he has the right to pick and choose and be disrespectful. The way he immediately judges Elizabeth shows how the social upper-class believe that they are actually better than those below them. This view of the social ladder gives Darcy the drive to try to persuade his friend Bingley to ignore his feelings for Jane Bennet because of her low social class standing. Darcy’s snobby behavior and his strong belief in the social class system prove to be one of the main things that pushes Elizabeth away and stops the eventual love for each…show more content…
The on and off relationship of Jane and Bingley finally ends in a marriage as it should have long before. By the end of the book, Darcy and Elizabeth 's love is so strong that none of the social shames of the era could stop it. Through all the disagreement and negativity they eventually end up together proving the strength of love. Although this is not the case for every relationship, many people still marry for other reasons such as Charlotte Lucas and Mr. Collins, or Lydia Bennet and Mr. Wickham. These relationships show that love is not easily won in this time but that it is available if one is willing to fight for
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