Critisicm On Pride And Prejudice Essay

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Materialistic Marriage in Pride and Prejudice

Each individual in this world surely have a dream to get married once they grow up, especially with the one they love. Even though today’s society accepts unmarried relationship where couples live together and have babies out of wedlock, in the end marriage is what they hope for as a symbol of their relationship. Clearly, marriage is a must in human’s life. This necessity influences humans to create stories that end with marriage and live happily ever after. Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austen, is also one of those stories that fulfils this criterion. In this novel, Jane Austen described various marriages which differ from each other. Instead of love, there are marriages that are
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"The business of her life was to get her daughters married." (Austen 3). If the entailment is really applied on that society, then the biggest failing in this novel is the property that Miss King and Lady Catherine de Burgh inherited. From the entailment’s rule it is clearly wrong for Miss King and Lady Catherine de Burgh to be the heirs because they are ladies. If the entailment is applied to everyone but the royal classes, it is not applicable because Miss King does not represent the royal class. Externally this contradiction makes the readers reckon that the author had made a huge mistake. Jane Austen actually created two situations that are differentiated by the entailment. Ladies who are bonded with the entailment are keen to attach themselves with rich men. For instance Mrs. Bennet, although she is not the one who should get married, she wants Elizabeth to be married with Mr. Collins so that the entailment would not be such a difficult thing.

This was his [Mr. Collins] plan of amends ' of atonement - for inheriting their father’s estate; and he thought it an excellent one... His plan did not vary on seeing them. Miss Bennet’s lovely face confirms his views... (Austen 53).

This quote represents the part when Mr. Collins plans to marry one of Bennet’s daughters to ease the inheritance

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