Perception of Marriage in “Pride and Prejudice”

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Perception of Marriage in "Pride and Prejudice"
The opening line of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice best summarizes the primary purpose of her writing as she 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). What this statement reveals is that the novel’s primary focal point will be courtship and marriage and that the idea of marriage is one of possession and materialism rather than of love and mutual respect. This stated goal of marriage is an accurate reflection of the historical context in which the piece was written clearly depicting the importance of marrying and marrying well. Though Austen acknowledges the need for marriage to prevent...
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