Compare and contrast the variety of attitudes to marriage as expressed

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Compare and contrast the variety of attitudes to marriage as expressed by different characters in Pride and Prejudice. Pride and Prejudice is one of the most famous novels in the history of English Literature. Written in the year of 1813 by the very well known author, Jane Austen, whose novels all examine the nature of love. The general tone of the novel is light, but serious. Pride and Prejudice is a story that focuses on the life of marriage, it is full of love. Money and wealth is also a main aspect of the book. Marriage in Pride and Prejudice is acknowledged in that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. The first sentence of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice could not have better…show more content…
The Bennets' marriage was not ideal. Mr. Bennet had married his wife because she was beautiful in her youth and her ability to supply him with children. Eventually though, her beauty faded and so did their enjoyment of each other. He enjoyed his time alone in his study where he could be away from his wife and daughters. Mrs. Bennet enjoyed gossiping about neighbors and finding future husbands for her daughters. I believe that Jane Austen is showing the reader that marrying only for physical appearance is wrong - beauty fades with time. Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth's dearest friend, marries Mr. Collins for money; they are a good example of an economic marriage. The narrator plainly states that Charlotte accepted his proposal for the pure and disinterested desire of an establishment. She was twenty-six years old and her family was beginning to become worried. After hearing of her engagement, her brothers were relieved that Charlotte wasn’t to die an “old maid”. Charlotte wanted nothing more out of marriage than financial stability and that is what she got. In chapter 13, Mr. Collins wrote a letter to the Bennets to say he was on his way. 'Lady Catherine is far from objecting to my occasional absence on a Sunday.' This shows he is a silly man because he is always referring to Lady Catherine. Mr Collins proposed to Charlotte Lucas and she accepted. 'And Miss Lucas who accepted him solely from pure and disinterested desire of an

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