‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.’ It highlights the importance of marriage within the world of the novel. The sentence suggests that the sole purpose for marriage was to increase the characters social and financial ranking. The quote mentions nothing of love yet it provokes the feeling tint he minds of the readers that the purpose of marriage was to merely create security. We see that Mrs Bennet has a consuming passion to find suitable marriage partners for her daughters. In her opinion the wealthier a young man the more an attractive proposition he becomes.
All new readers, I believe also feel the same consciousness about this essay but Judy surprised me, making herself appear as a wife and mother in the first paragraph and then, as a male, who is ready to get a “wife” for her needs. She also made her essay interesting by using anaphora or by repeating the phrase “I want a wife.” This repetition of “I want” is portrayed as a strong word, which shows how she is comparing herself to her imaginary wife. This makes a sense of belonging and every female. Who reads the essay will portray them there. She also uses this to explain more about the selfishness of a husband, who ask for a wife for his physical and sexual needs.
Prejudice The first sentence of the novel, Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austin, foreshadows the end of the book. She writes, "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a good wife". At first, readers would understand this in one way. However, in the second half of the novel it takes on a whole new meaning. At first this sentence takes on an ironic meaning, because it is commonly understood that it is the woman who is in pursuit of a wealthy gentleman (and not the man pursuing the woman as stated).
Part one of this book reveals how and why bright women are often powerfully drawn to the wrong men, and part two outlines ways to navigate new strategies and find the right men. If one has read both books, it can be noted that ‘Women Men Love, Women Men Leave:
Analysis of the Opening Chapter of Pride and Prejudice The opening sentence of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ tells is the main theme of the entire novel, marriage. ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.’ The novel is based upon the theme of marriage, finding a potential husband who has ‘sufficient funds’. Jane, Elizabeth, Lydia, Kitty and Mary all wish to find themselves husbands so that they can be married off to a man who has a large annual wage and also a large inheritance. In the days of when ‘Pride and Prejudice’ was set (in the 1800s), inheritance and yearly wage were very important factors which women looked for in a man as they longed for financial security for when they were older. The girls in the novel, had to marry because if they didn’t have any brothers, their fortune and estate could be lost to a male blood relative, leaving them homeless and penniless.
He became engaged to her and her money, and Elizabeth on hearing about the engagement thought ... ... middle of paper ... ...alises that she is proud too, and she is surprised at this as she seemed to be always right in her first instincts though finds out that she is wrong about Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham. In the end Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy both get married together and live 'at Pemberley'. Overall Mr. Wickham's attitude towards marriage differs from Elizabeth's because Mr. Wickham is superficial and not serious at all, since he just wants to marry somebody preferable a woman with a lot of money as he is a mercenary man. But Elizabeth on the other-hand is profound and quite serious about her marriage as she wants it to be perfect al most. She is also very disinterested as in she does not go for the rich and powerful but for someone who she can respect, for example, when she turned Mr. Darcy down when he offered her in marriage.
One easily realizes how obsessed Mrs. Bennet is with having rich son-in-laws. All that matters to her is having her daughters married to wealthy men. This one concern was not scarce in the era. The second of the three reasons is convenience. Charlotte Lucas says it best: "I only ask a comfortable home; and considering Mr. Collins character, connections, and situation in life, I am convinced that my chance of happiness with him is as fair as most people can boast…" Collins isn't wealthy, but all that Charlotte wants, he can give her.
A man married to bring status, wealth, estate and prestige. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” This quote confirms the assumption (of the period) that any man with... ... middle of paper ... ...marriage. Compatibility and strong, passionate love are seen to be the greatest reason for marriage, this is also Austen’s view, as she rewards Elizabeth with the most loving, devoted husband, who also has the greatest wealth. For marriages, which she disapproves of, such as Charlotte and Collins’ wedlock, she punishes by giving Charlotte a disagreeable and irritating husband. However, Austen realises that Charlotte had almost no choice, as of her situation.
Her shallowness is also a source of amusement. Although we may not like her, the way she behaves and talks is so ridiculous that we cannot help but find her funny. The use of humourmakes the reader want to read on, as it increases enjoyment of the book. The opening chapter of "Pride and Prejudice" gives the reader an idea of the main themes that are covered in the book, as well as introducing some of the main characters. The mention of Mr. Bingley and of Mrs. Bennet's plan to wed him to one of her daughters provides sufficient intrigue to make the reader want to continue with the story.
In a society in which marriage was so important to women- and to men- the qualities that make a marriage succeed are quite a serious matter. Jane Austen treats the subject with Comedy, but underneath the comic surface she is very serious. Notice, as you read what qualities she shows us as good and bad in a marriage. It seems that the success of a marriage in Austen's would- as perhaps in ours- depends on the characters of the married pair and the motives that brought them together in the first place. I agree with all this because it touches on themes of class, social behavior, and family relationships.