In Vyas 2 this situation, Austen illustrates how the society i... ... middle of paper ... ...not money or status. By satirizing love, Austen displays real love in all its purity. Jane and Bingley have a pure, honest love, and this is the kind of love Austen presents in her novel, which is what should be established in a real relationship. Money and society mold love, and place certain implications on it that do not hold true. These implications shape the idea of love and who to love.
‘Pride and Prejudice’ stands upon the affirmations of love and marriage. Jane Austin believed that the perfect relationship existed between two people who respected and loved each other. She illustrates the idea of a perfect relationship and also demonstrates how some relationships are not ideal. I am going to explore the variety of attitudes towards love and marriage in regards to chapters one, nineteen, thirty-four and fifty-eight. Chapter One The opening sentence immediately links money and marriage without referring to love.
Lancelot represents “the easy attainment of love makes it of little value; difficulty of attainment makes it prized” (Medieval Courtly Love 2). Lancelot demonstrates this quote when he sets out to rescue Queen Guinevere... ... middle of paper ... ... still stand today with the same expectations as they once were, because without the “fight” that a man has to win, or the respect that a man should give a woman, love would not overcome. Works Cited "Chivalry." Medieval Life and Times. Web.
In terms of literary quality, Chaucer went great lengths to give all elements a bit of attention. The work is primarily about a knight who is pardoned from a rape on the condition that he acquires the answer to one of life’s most difficult questions. He is sent out on a quest to figure out what women want from their men, and he is eventually successful in this task. Chaucer uses the action and the plot along with strong character development to make this a compelling story. First and foremost, he develops the Lady of Bath very well in the prologue to this work.
Through the views and opinions of certain characters and the narrator, Austen creates a theme in Pride and Prejudice that presents the argument that love does not need to be a condition of engagement. Through Charlotte Lucas’s engagement to Mr. Collins one is able to see how one can marry for a chance at happiness, through Mrs. Bennet’s intentions one is able to see how one can marry for a better situation for themselves and their family, and through the narrators comments one is able to see how it is socially acceptable to marry without love. Love does not need to be present in an engagement because coming from a social aspect, marriage is a necessity, while love isn’t.
They seem to share the same view that social suitability is not enough for marriage, but it should be based on love and understanding. For Austen to hold this opinion in the time that she lived shows she was ahead of her time, as her opinion is the common view among today’s modern society. Austen illustrates two main examples of the ‘ideal state’ of marriage. These can be seen through the relationships and eventual engagements of Bingley and Jane, along with Elizabeth and Darcy. The way, in which Austen portrays these two relati... ... middle of paper ... ...and compatibility and the feelings of the two people involved, were not high on the priority list for a good, successful marriage.
Through the romantic involvements of both Elizabeth and Charlotte, Austen shows that happiness in marriage is not entirely a matter of chance, but is instead contingent on an accurate evaluation of self and others Elizabeth’s view on Jane and Bingely’s relationship is more hopeful, while Charlotte possesses a more aggressive view. While observing Jane with Bingely, Charlotte states: Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the disposition of the parties are ever so well known to each, or ever so similar before hand it does not advance their felicity in the least (Austen 23). Already, the reader can see Charlotte’s tactful ways, her use of the words “disposition” and “parties” almost makes marriage seem like a business transaction one of comfort not love. Also, Charlottes places the disposition as the subject of the sentence where the parties are not in direct conversation with one another.
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.
She defines true love by remaining steadfast to Arveragus, honoring his trust, and not letting her extensive loneliness or Aurelius’s beauty and talent persuade her into committing adultery. The king’s trust in the queen to sentence the knight justly in “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” also serves to define true love. By bestowing his wife a power only men usually have, the king sees his wife as just as capable as any man, who would be superior and greater in a medieval relationship. F... ... middle of paper ... ..., old age, and low class (1097-1103). Chaucer satirizes the knight’s profession as often corrupt and unchivalrous through the knight’s disgrace towards the old woman, although she saved his life by giving him important information.
“The noble knight slays the dragon and rescues the fair maiden…and they live happily ever after.” This seemingly cliché finale encompasses all the ideals of courtly love, which began in the Medieval Period and still exists today. While these ideals were prevalent in medieval society, they still existed with much controversy. Geoffrey Chaucer, a poet of the period, comments on courtly love in his work The Canterbury Tales. Through the use of satiric elements and skilled mockery, Chaucer creates a work that not only brought courtly love to the forefront of medieval society but also introduced feministic ideals to the medieval society. At times, Chaucer even makes readers question his beliefs by presenting contrasting elements of principle in The Knight’s Tale and The Wife of Bath’s Tale, both tales told in his profound, multifaceted The Canterbury Tales.