Conclusion Marriage is the main subject in the novel, as well as for people of this period. The maybe most important condition for a happy marriage is money besides love family relations. The situation of the women in the novel does not allow them any kind of deviant acting since a happy marriage is the only goal for them. Though this is the general atmosphere in the novel, I would like to end my essay with the words of Mr. Bennet to his daughter Elizabeth on her accepting Mr. Darcy's proposal, which stand like an anti-thesis of the otherwise general view of the perfect marriage: "He is rich, to be sure, and you may have more fine clothes and fine carriages than Jane. But will they make you happy?"
In Padua they believe that once their daughters are a certain age they should get married to a man that their father approves of. In Padua they also believe that the eldest daughter (Katherina) must get married before any of her other siblings (Bianca) ‘I firmly am resolved you know- That is, not to bestow my youngest daughter Before I have a husband for the elder’ Baptista (Katherina and Bianca’s father), is basically saying that Bianca can not get married until her elder sister Katherina is married. Baptista made the decision on who Katherina and Bianca should get married by asking them about their status, how wealthy they are. Dowries were paid to the suitors by their father-in-law because the suitors will be taking on their daughters as wives. When Petruchio arrives at Padua he said he will use marriage as a way to make money, ‘I come to wive it wealthily in Padua’, Petruchio is insinuating that he has only went to Padua to marry a wife and get rich from the dowry he will be given to by the father-in-law.
At one point in her life Jane Austen was faced with the option of marriage to a handsome young man who was “the heir to a large estate” (Sullivan 109). If she had accepted the offer she was guaranteed a life of security both financially and socially. At first she did accept the proposal, however she changed her mind and a day later withdrew her acceptance (Sullivan 109). By doing this it can be recognized that Austen herself would rather marry for love than for money. Even though marrying for economical motives could be pleasing at a certain time, it can be concluded that going against the social norm in Regency Era England and marrying for love makes the marriage more valuable.
In Taming of the Shrew Petruchio wants to meet and marry Katerina right away. When Petruchio arrives in Padua and visits Hortensio he states he is looking for a wife, Hortensio mentions Katerina and her father’s wealth and immediately Petruchio wants to meet Katerina’s father to talk about the dowry and wedding. In this scene Petruchio says, “I come to wive wealthily in Padua; If wealthily, then happily in Padua” (Shakespeare, Act 1 Scene 2 Lines 72-73), which shows Petruchio only wants the money and doesn’t care as much for true love. In 10 Things I Hate About You, Patrick is offered money to date Kat in which he accepts the deal. In this scene Patrick is confronted by Joey being asked and offered money to date Kat as he is her “equal”, Patrick takes the money and goes on with the plan.
Although Mr. Collins could obviously never satisfy Charlotte as a husband, Charllote agrees to marry him for his money. Hence the original understanding of the quotation at the start of the novel seems to be justified. Mr. Darcy also seems to follow this quotation. He believes that woman would marry him for his wealth and status no matter what. Therefore, when he falls in love with Elizabeth he does not treat her with the preferential treatment with which one would normally treat his beloved.
Marrying her for money, and with clear priorities elsewhere, Bassanio essentially traps Portia in their marriage. While Portia does admittedly want to marry him back, the two newlyweds still fit into the mold; their marriage was based on money and Portia and Bassanio must navigate literal trials and tribulations to find true love. In essence, a few specific archetypes demonstrate that male friendship is stronger than romantic love or any other
Love and Marriage in A Midsummer Night’s Dream There is something to be said for the passionate love of young people, and Shakespeare said it in Romeo and Juliet. The belief that any action can be excused if one follows one's feelings is a sentimental notion that is not endorsed by Shakespeare. Thus, Theseus' suggestion in 1.1 of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, that Hermia marry a man she does not love rather than "live a barren sister" all her life would seem perfectly sensible to Shakespeare’s contemporaries. Shakespeare writes for a public who views marriage unsentimentally. At all levels of society, from king to commoner, marriage is entered into for commercial and dynastic reasons.
In Pride and Prejudice, a novel written by Jane Austen, the role of wealth and reputation is a partnership that leads to marriage, but in most (if not all) cases have little to do with love. The most propelling conflict in Pride and Prejudice is, “The morally significant conflict between pride and vanity” (Pride). Vanity is connected to wealth; therefore wealth is a poor choice to consider opposed to love. The role that reputation and wealth play when it comes to love is limited due to human pride and vanity. “The meaning of “pride” and “prejudice” acquire are related to the central theme of all of Jane Austen’s novels: the limitations of human vision” (Pride).
Yet, with the characters of Jane and Bingley, Austen conveys, in the end, that true love results not from economic necessity or societal gains, but from a sincere affection. Society, as Austen describes it, is similar to the survival of the fittest. In order to get to the top, one must do everything he or she can to get there, including manipulating marriage. In the novel’s society “family and marriage occupied a far more public and central position in the social government and economic arrangements” (Brown 302). The members of the society in Austen’s novel, specifically Mrs. Bennet, will do anything, including marrying their daughters off to wealthy men, in order to gain a respectable status amongst there peers.
He is a gentleman; I am a gentleman's daughter; so far we are equal”(337). Mr. Darcy enjoys the fact that he fell in love with Elizabeth first and had to pursue her instead of her chasing after him, like most woman in the novel do. He does not stand to gain anything in status and money by marrying her. In Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, there are many characters who get married. They all get married for different reasons, some better than others.