Single Man's Pursuit Of A Good Wife Analysis

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” This well-known quote by Jane Austen in her book Pride and prejudice seems to explain a single man’s pursuit of a good wife, but when you read the following sentence, you would find that, women’s side, is was Jane Austen tried to emphasise. It said: “However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of someone or other of their daughters.”

Women were not considered as equal to that of the males. A young women from a propertied family had one real opportunity to exert control over the course of her life: in the choice of a marriage partner. But for many young women with less prosperous backgrounds, no property of their own and hardly had any expect through inheritance from her father, and with restricted access to get employed, thus marrying a wealthier man could be like an urgent financial necessity. Pressure from a girl’s family to make what was called a “good” marriage was almost all that was expected from her. Speaking of Jane Austen, she was born on December 16th 1775, who was the seventh of eight children, also the second girl of the family. Her father, George Austen, earned their living as a teacher as well as assistant chaplain at his college, Oxford, where he met Cassandra Leigh,
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