Examination of the Role of Marriage in “Pride and Prejudice”

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Examination of the Role of Marriage in "Pride and Prejudice"
The role of marriage in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is evident from the start of novel as it states, "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." (Austen 3). Marriage amongst the wealthier families is conducted more as a business maneuver not unlike a financial merger. Love is not often a consideration and if love is included in the marriage it is secondary and lucky. The book examines four different marriages as well as schemes for marriage demonstrating the bartering that takes place to arrange marriage as well as the outcomes of these efforts. The marriage of Jane and Bingley is one that appeases...
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.....ers. The Bennets, we are told, marry because they were both good looking:
[Elizabeth’s] father, captivated by youth and beauty, and that appearance of good humor which youth and beauty generally give, had married a woman whose weak understanding and illiberal mind had very early in their marriage put an end to all real affection for her (Austen 171).
Jane Austen clearly supports women’s rights and sees no happiness for women without a personal autonomy first. In fact, she rewards Jane and Bingley for questioning those standard societal practices of marriages and doing what they choose to do and for that, they are the ones who achieve marital happiness. Works Cited
Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. New York: Random House, Inc., 1996. Print.