The idea that her daughters should marry for gain in material aspects of life was much more important for Mrs. Bennet than for her daughters to marry someone they were in love with. She believed that the family should organize the arrangement, seeing as the young girls are under the care of the family. Mrs. Bennet believes "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." Therefore, she be... ... middle of paper ... ...izabeth arrives at Pemberley and she is entranced by the size and beauty of the house. This is where she appears to fall for Darcy.
Those with social status and wealth would seem to look for the same things in a partner first, with love coming second, as seen in Lady Catherine's preference for her own daughter to marry Mr Darcy rather than Elizabeth. However those without wealth or high social standing, such as Jane and Elizabeth Bennet (although Elizabeth would dispute her lack of social status), would look for love and happiness first. Some, such as Mrs Bennet see marriage only as a way of increasing wealth and social standing. The union of Elizabeth and Darcy is remarkable as they marry purely for love - going against the social traits of the time.
In the novel, Pride and Prejudice, marriage was a great deal to women in that time period. For the Bennet’s, marriage is a big deal because Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five daughters: Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia. The women, especially the eldest sisters, want to marry a man who is wealthy and good-mannered. Mrs. Bennet is eager to find her eldest two daughter’s husband, but many aspects go into finding him. Women had a reputation to uphold which is to behave in a certain way, and maintain a social class in which money determines.
As a means for coping with the irritation his wife's ... ... middle of paper ... ...ily money together. She assumes he has forgotten 'what he owes himself and his family.' Her view is that of one very common in Austen's era, that fortune should be built upon by marriage, but we see Darcy, like Elizabeth, sees marrying for love as more important that marrying for financial gain, revealing to us that he shares a strong morality with Elizabeth in a time when such principles were rarely come across. This of course expresses Austen's own ethics. We are left to feel that Darcy and Lizzie have made the perfect match for one another, thanks to the ingredients of good sense, stability, affection, common interest, complimenting disposition and most importantly mutual respect.
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. Marriage, therefore, becomes a way of getting to the top of the social ladder. This focus on the importance of the social order significantly influences the idea of love and whom to love because it changes the people into thinking that marriage is not about love, but about status. It shapes the individuals into thinking that societal gains are what truly matter in a relationship. In Vyas 2 this situation, Austen illustrates how the society i... ... middle of paper ... ...not money or status.
Comparing Marriage Proposals from Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice The story of Pride and Prejudice revolves around a mother of five daughters, Mrs. Bennet, whose sole purpose is to marry off her daughters to suitable men. Jane is the eldest out of the Bennet sisters. Jane is the closest to Elizabeth from the rest of her sisters, this is because they stand on similar maturity levels, and Elizabeth is the second oldest. The main theme of the novel is based on the importance of marriage. It is important because a woman will have to marry a suitable man who can support her when her father passes away, it is equally important to men because it is important for them to keep their social status, they will do this by finding a wife at a suitable age.
Women could only accomplish this goal through successful marriage, which explains the value of matrimony as the topic of conversation in Austen's writing. She portrays these ideas through the image and qualities of her various characters: the Bennets, Charlotte, Elizabeth and Darcy, and Jane and Bingley right from the beginning of the novel. The novel is introduced with evidence that marriage is to be an imperative theme. The significance to Mrs. Bennet and the rest of the women in their society of the arrival of Mr. Bingley, "a young man of large fortune"(pg. 5), depicts the importance of wealth and status to women wanting a husband.
To marry for money and not love is frowned upon as a social norm, but is also seen as an opportunity for women to rise in the social hierarchy. Though, love is to be the reason why bonds like marriage exist. Being a woman in the nineteenth century limits social advancement and makes it seem impossible without wealth, a background of family fortune, or matrimony to a man labeled high class. Emma Woodhouse, from the novel Emma written by Jane Austen, defines what it means to seek stature through marriage and how couples can aid in contexts such as social groups. Austen clearly covers social groups in her novel, but making the novels focal point circumvent around Emma.
Comparison of Mr. Wickham's and Elizabeth's Attitude Towards Marriage in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice The novel, 'Pride and Prejudice' revolves around a mother of five daughters, Mrs. Bennet, whose sole purpose is to marry off her daughters to suitable men. Her eldest, Jane, is her most prized daughter. Mrs. Bennet is assured that Jane's beauty and meticulous manners will win her a prized husband. In the end Mrs. Bennet succeeds in marrying her to a husband and in addition she gets Lydia and Elizabeth married too; Jane to Mr Bingley, Lydia to Mr. Wickham and Elizabeth to Mr. Darcy. Pride and Prejudice is an enduringly popular 19th century novel written by the English author Jane Austen.
Another reason for marrying a man in a higher social class was that, if the eldest sister married well, the rest of the family would be of a higher status than previously. To marry for love and affection was quite rare at this period in time, as money played a big factor. For example, in another Jane Austen novel – Persuasion – the heroine, Anne Elliot falls in love with Captain Wentworth, but, as he is penniless, they are forced apart. From a man’s perspective the reasons for marriage were very similar. A man married to bring status, wealth, estate and prestige.