Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Essay

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In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, almost every character displays an opinion of what values and desires should influence marriage. For some, marriage is simply done for money and title, while others believe that marriage should be driven by love and desire to be with another. To Elizabeth Bennet, love is the first and most important influence in marriage: money, title, and placement for her family all come second. Jane Bennet, whose opinion is somewhat close to Elizabeth, believes that love should be a factor in marriage, but she believes that she needs to marry to help the situation of her family. There are many different influences that drive marriage between two people, but it is easy to see that love sometimes is not the most or …show more content…
Though the two think they would find happiness with each other, the element of love does not play a factor in their engagement. In Chapter 6 Charlotte Lucas makes the point if Jane and Mr. Bingley should be wed by saying, “when she is secure of him, the will be leisure for falling in love as much as she chuses” (pg. 23). This shows that Charlotte Lucas believes that love is not required for an engagement, and it is that ideology that compels her to marry Mr. Collins. There is a chance that Charlotte and Mr. Collins might fall in love and there is a chance that they will find happiness together, but now as they stand engaged, they believe that not knowing is good enough. Mrs. Bennet tries to marry her daughters as quickly as possible to anyone who is fit for marriage and willing, showing that she values the position and wealth of her family over the happiness of her daughters. As soon as Mrs. Bennet hears of a new single man in her neighborhood she immediately exclaims, “What a fine thing for [my] girls” (pg. 6). Mrs. Bennet wants her daughters married as quickly as possible because the girls only have a certain amount of time that they are “on the market,” and she has five daughters that she needs wed. It angers Mrs. Bennet when her daughters pass up on these opportunities because they might not get another. For example, when Elizabeth rejects Mr. Collins proposal, Mrs. Bennet tries to “make Lizzy

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