Marriage And Marriage In Jane Austen's Sense And Sensibility

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In her work Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen is closely looking at the injustice done to women, and she is especially rejecting the idea of Marriage for money rather than love. Austen also did not agree that women should depend on men for economic-financial protection, thus as not to look kindly on patriarchy and the merging of interests of the upper class and middle class. Convenience marriage was common. Women were deprived of the freedom to earn or inherit money. So marriage for them was a safety net which will save them from a life of poverty and despair; thus, women felt that the only way to achieve social fulfilment was to compete on the marriage market, where Men were the buyers; women were the sellers. Society encouraged young women "to exercise gamesmanship instead of honesty, to control rather than…show more content…
Jane Austen Marriage is a paramount concern. Marriage is not only a personal question but rather it affects the whole social group, because marriage is just not a matter of love or companionship, but much more than that. It is a political, social and economic alliance between two people, and their families. One of the chief characteristics of Sense and Sensibility is the lack of a father figure, at that time the father’s used to take decisions on the future marriage of their daughters. In the absence of the father, mothers had some authority to do so. Mothers played an important role in the upbringing and education of children. The Dashwood sisters are a fine example to illustrate the plight of upper-class women in England. Jane Austen has criticised and parodied the romantic concept of an ideal love and passion through Marianne. In the novel, Marianne rejects Colonel Brandon’s love because she feels attracted towards
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