The book stated many values that formed the society of England that made Jane Austin to combine her novel to reinforce class structure, reputation, and marriage between characters. Marriage is very important for every women and men because marriage is what forms a society and builds it. In the early 19th century societies, marriage was the only option for women to secure their future and find security even if it lacked happiness. The class distinction made the lower class’ ambition is to focus only on having a house and having security. For women, it was the most important decision that they could take in
In their marriage, property plays a decisive part for this marriage, which is a typical example of the very social marriage situation and has a practical significance. On the one hand, Charlotte is twenty-seven years old girl and somewhat homely. Even though she has a good education before, she has little property. And for her, to marry basing on a comfortable life is the best marriage. So when she notices that Mr. Collins, a minister with money and status makes an offer of marriage to her, she accepts his proposal immediately without thinking whether there is love and same tastes between them.
The novel began with the wedding of Mr Weston and Miss Taylor, Emma’s friend which was significantly used to introduce the theme of marriage in the novel. Emma believes she is the reason behind Mr Weston and Miss Taylor’s marriage and tries to
Clearly, she views marriage to be like a business dealing, vetting Jack’s finances and social standings in order to see if such a union would be profitable for the family. A similar mindset is seen in Hedda Gabler, as despite Hedda’s own wealthy background, she too admits to having succumbed to the pressure of finding a man who could provide for her. When explaining why she choose Tesman, Hedda simply explains, “he kept pressing and pleading to be allowed to take care of me - I didn’t see why I ought to resist (Ibsen 251). Hedda’s only rational behind marrying Tesman is that she felt he could take care of her financially and guarantee her a comfortable life. Much like how Lady Bracknell wanted Gwendolyn’s husband to be wealthy and respectable, Hedda simply required that her husband be able to take care of
Love and Marriage: Pride and Prejudice Just like in every novel of hers, Jane Austen takes the theme of love and marriage as the main theme in her novel, Pride and Prejudice. Her main concern is the issue of achieving a utopian marriage because it is the upmost among personal relations, mainly in the 19th century. This novel in particular is full of a variety of marriages in which Jane Austen sought to define the good reasons that lie behind marriages as well as the bad ones. According to this novel, the main concern of young women in the early 19th century was how to find the right man and how to attain a decent life with him. In Pride and Prejudice, a reader may pass by different couples.
In doing so, she reveals that many of the marriage norms of 19th century England remain the same today. From the beginning of the story, Austen introduces the importance of marriage for a woman. Mrs. Bennet’s exhilaration upon Mr. Bingley’s arrival reflects this notion. Mrs. Bennet avows, “I am thinking of his marrying one of them” (book). For unmarried women in 18th century England, “the only prospect in life [was] a suitable marriage” (2).
Regardless of time period, women’s typical role in marriage is so-called “minor jobs” such as housework, cleaning, cooking, or chores. By comparing the role of women in the early 19th century and modern day, we can see that women’s typical work, job, and social mobility are hugely impacted by marriage. The 19th-century novel Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austen, illustrates the huge impact of marriage on women at this time. In contrast, marriage today does have as much impact as in 19th century regarding women’s work, job, and social mobility. Gender equality of gender’s right was more extreme in the previous time.
In addition, the book brings forth prejudgment especially when it came to social class. In Pride and Prejudice one of the centralized themes is marriage.One can truly understand the meaning and importance of marriage and social status is to women of Jane Austen’s time. Marriage was necessary in order to elevate one 's social status. One would have to be naive to think that one would solely marry for love at this time. Consequently, love was one of the things that was uncommon in the process of being married.
Similarly, in the book, Mansfield Park, it also has the same theme that women should try to marry well-off but marriage is more focused on business, more so, than simply living a comfortable life. For example, the quote, “There is not one in a hundred of either sex who is not taken in when they marry...it is, of all transactions…” (Austen 44). The quote reveals how marriage in Mansfield is more focused on the business aspect of marriage which was for money and status. As well as, because marriage is focused on the business aspect this one of the reason why Sir Thomas married Lady Bertram, Maria marries Mr. Rushworth because his income and Fanny marries Edmund out of love. Dr. Grant, in Mansfield Park, speaking to Miss crawford says, “...everybody should marry as soon as they can do it to advantage” (Austen 41).
The author thought that marriage was to be made of a combination of love, affection and compatibility of character, just as the engagement between Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Thus, she punished women who took wrong decisions when it came to marriage, as Lydia, who escaped from her family just to get married to George Wickham in a sudden and not very clever act – she clearly was decided just for passion and not for rational thinking. Jane Austen also punished women who got married for convenience, as Charlotte, who got engaged to Mr. Collins just to ensure her future and a stable economic status. At the very beginning, Charlotte Lucas was delighted for her engagement and forthcoming matrimony, but within a short period of time, she does not feel that happiness for her marriage, just as Austen declares in the novel: “his marriage was now fast approaching, and she (Mrs Lucas) was at length so far resigned as to think it inevitable, and even repeatedly to say in an ill-natured tone she ‘wished they might be happy ’” (Austen, 1813: