Austen 's Pride and Prejudice book shows the differences and similarities of the marriage relationships in the 18th century, through the marriage relationships of Charlotte, Lydia, Jane, and Elizabeth. Jane naturally found someone to marry, her attractive beauty and accessible joyful character helped her easily attract Bingley to her. Young Lydia married Wickham, but she did not know anything about marriage yet. Elizabeth fell in love with Darcy because she realized that he is a special person and that her assumption of him was totally incorrect. On the other hand, Charlotte married Mr. Collins for the reason that she wanted to be secure.
I am not romantic, you know; I never was. I ask only a comfortable home; and considering Mr. Collins 's character, connection, and situation in life, I am convinced that my chance of happiness with him is as fair as most people can boast on entering the marriage state." (Austen 122) Charlotte sees Mr. Collins as a financial supporter and that he can provide her a house where she can stay secure in. Charlotte did really care about her marriage life, but because she is becoming old, her attractiveness to men towards her is decreasing and her patience in waiting for a man to show up collapsed. That’s why she decided to marry Collins, because she knew no one would ask her other than
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.
The society they live in pressures girls to get married for the status and the money. Elizabeth wanted to get married for love. She has a conversation with her friend, Charlotte, about Jane and Bingley’s relationship. Charlotte believes “happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance” (18), and that Jane needs to be extra verbal about her feelings or Bingley will lose interest. Although Charlotte cannot be blamed for her view on love, elizabeth thinks very differently.
In contrast, Jane was wise enough to make the right decision for herself and ended up with a better relationship than Lydia. Jane and Elizabeth had similar relationships because they both had common traits with the men they fell in love with. Elizabeth and Charlotte had very different relationships than each other. Charlotte married the man who Elizabeth rejected because she wanted wealth and security. Whereas, Elizabeth married Darcy because she fell in love with him, Elizabeth gaining all the wealth and security Charlotte wanted, even though she was not looking for it.
Arranged Marriage vs. Free Marriage Generally marriage is a significantly hard decision and affect all aspects of our lives. Moreover, all the marriage will not be successful with a happy ending. Choosing your spouse and married free with love is popular and legal in many countries and Arranged marriage in which parents choose who you can marry are two types of marriages. Both systems have benefits and drawbacks, but deciding about your life and choosing your partner seems more logical and natural. With marriage freely people have a chance to know each other better before marriage, understand their partners’ priority, and last but not the least they can marry with love.
A “Singleton” obviously serves as a replacement of the word “spinster” as the latter tends to be used in a more offensive way and describes a women whose time for getting married is over once and for all. A “Singleton” on the other hand is a positive term, celebrating the “single-hood” and a lifestyle you have chosen yourself and willingly. Nevertheless, Shazzer and Bridget also tend to have strong opinions about married couples – which is not only strongly emphasized by the fact that they call them “Smug marrieds”, a rather negative connoted term, but also because Shazzer describes them as being “jealous” of their freedom and more entertaining lifestyle. She is clearly not as accepting and tolerating of
I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn 't fit to lick my shoe." (Fitzgerald 34) Myrtle married her husband not because she loves him or because he is successful, which he is not, but just to have the title of being married. Her affair with Tom spoils her and enables her to have what she could have only dreamed of. She is clever and does not give up on her life. She was not born into a wealthy family, she did not marry into one, but she found other ways to try to build her way up the
Hence their marriages are based on their economic needs and or lust. They believe their economic needs/lust are a better reason for marrying than love. Romantic love is a special right that most people never earn, and in this novel very few characters love purely. Marriage was not about love it was about forming unions between families and moving up in the world, hence women were expected to get married. Pride and Prejudice contends against the judgement of love at first sight, but proposes that the better and far more acceptable kind of love grows
In the book this kind of attitude was represented especially by Mrs. Bennet, the mother of Bennets sisters. Since the fortune the Bennets owned wasn 't too large, her main goal was to give away her daughters to wealthy gentlemen. She didn 't practically pay attention whether the relationships will bring them happiness or whether they will be established on true feelings of love. For exapmle, she instantly changed her approach to Mr. Darcy after she found out he 's willing to marry Elizabeth thus connecting his prosperity with Bennets '. For Mrs. Bennet it was mainly