Comparing Austen's Pride And Prejudice

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If you were go back in time to England in the early 1800s, you would find that the people lived by dramatically different rules than our modern standards. While people’s priorities were debatably similar, it seemed that all of the humane and emotional aspects of life were valued much less than the monetary problems and status issues. A good example of these weighted values can be found in Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. The novel tells a story of love and drama that follows the romantic and emotional development of a family with 5 young girls. When some young and wealthy “bachelors” arrive in the neighborhood, a journey of confusion, corruption, but most of all, love, ensues. However, a big part of the plotline is monetary. The girls are all old enough to be wed, but since they come from a very poor family, a wealthy husband is both ideal and a priority. In order to support the rest of the sisters, at least one of them needs to marry a moneyed man. In the confusion of arranged marriages where women are dealt away by the parents like cows, a true love forms against the odds and against the rules. Unfortunately, love was irrelevant during these times, and social class and monetary value were more important when it came to marriage. However, it seems that love pushes…show more content…
What the heart wants is much more important than what your pockets may need, and in this classic tale of drama and romance, we find that true happiness can never be bought. The values of a culture may not always be correct, and while you may not see the issues when you yourself are included in it, it’s important to follow your own truths and not conform to what the world may tell you. Money cannot buy happiness, and time is the ultimate test of that. It seems that love pushes through a need for monetary support, and in the end, love
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