Marriage In Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice

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Jane Austen 's "Pride and Prejudice" focuses on different marriages, and how individual characters view these unions in the 19th century. The characters in the novel portray the many delicate reasons why women got married. Marriages in this book were based between upper and middle classes. "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife" (Pride and Prejudice 3) Jane Austen provides this statement as the first line in her novel. Marriage was the most important theme throughout the novel.
The relationship between Lydia Bennet and Mr. Wickham was based mainly on physical attraction and bribery. Lydia was attracted to Wickham, and she thought that it was good enough of a reason for marriage, however Wickham 's main goal was to gain money which is the only reason he agreed to marry Lydia in the first place, Mr. Darcy agreed to pay him thousands of pounds in order to marry Lydia. Lydia 's character in the novel was loud, childish, and very silly. On the other hand,
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Like Jane and Bingley 's marriage, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy 's was also based on love. Elizabeth ' character was very intellectual, and friendly, however Mr. Darcy 's was antisocial, he also had a strong sense of pride (opposites do attract). In the beginning of the novel, Elizabeth did not like Mr. Darcy that much, and he also shared the same feelings. She thought he was an arrogant and rude man, while he thought she was "tolerable". But as we proceed reading, we could see that he slowly starts to fall in love with her, and how he would give up his status and reputation to marry her. Elizabeth 's attitude towards Mr. Darcy also starts to change when he tells her the truth about Wickham "...she had been blind, partial prejudice absurd". She definitely starts to see his love towards her, when he tracks down Lydia and Wickham, and makes him marry her. Their marriage was all about love, they both really
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