England has always had a rich history of interesting cultural traditions but arguably none as prevalent as marriage. Marriage, the union of two people with emotional ideals and expectations, are brought on by many different factors that include: for love, for money, for climbing social status, escapism, survival, etc. In Jane Austen’s novels, she focuses on the importance of marriage in her world because she wanted to emphasize how marriage is the most important life event of a woman as this would determine her place in society. Persuasion shows readers good and bad examples of marriage: the amiable Crofts and other couples such as Sir Walter & Lady Elliot and the Smiths. Jane Austen uses the Crofts to support the importance of marriage
Austen’s character, Mr.Collins, mainly focusses on himself when he is proposing, which causes him to come across as selfish and unemotional. Mr. Collins thinks that “It is the right thing” for him to get married to “set the example”(2). This suggests that Mr. Collins wants to be married because he feels he needs to set the example for his parish
Harwood throws the readers the suggestions to acknowledge the most unlikeable elements of marriage and love. The truth that a woman’s self in Harwood’s time would be completely lost with her wedding vows. This becomes equally relevant to date because of questionable equality between the sexes. Harwood is therefore condoning the practices that endorse
A marriage proposal is an occasion where one person in a relationship asks for the other's hand in marriage. Overtime, marriage proposals have changed in virtually all cultures. In the 1800s, marriage was more for social gain or monetary gain. However, marriage for love wasn’t unknown. William Collins proposal to Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice and Bradley Headstone’s proposal to Lizzie Hexam in Charles Dickens's’ Our Mutual Friend are perfect examples of two different types of marriage proposals that may have been giving during the 1800s. Analyzing Mr. Headstones and Mr. Collins’ techniques and the language used in their proposals reveal the weaknesses and strengths of their proposals.
This stands in stark contrast to what Miss Elizabeth Bennett wants. Mrs Bennett wants her daughters to marry because it’s thea only way for them to solidfy that they will have food on their plates and a roof over their head. Mr. Collins is Mr. Bennetts brother and is set to inherit his estate when he dies. He comes to visit in the middle of the book and his main intentions are to ask on of the daughters to marry him and to observe what he will in time own. Mrs. Bennett says in response to all this “Oh! Single, my dear, to be sure! A single man of large fortune; four or five thousnd a year. What a fine thing for our girls!” (57, Austen) The single man she speaks of his Mr. Collins, the Bennett kids uncle. Austen describes Mr. Collins as a self retious kind of man who thinks he is above the Benntt’s just because he is set to inherrit their estate. This gives him a villeness quality. Austen is commenting on the blindness of Mrs. Bennett to the qualitys of Marraige. She only shes Mr. Collins as money but Elizabeth sees him as a bad person to spend the rest of her life with and theirfore turns down his marraige purposal. Which causes trouble between her and her mother. This is the best example of the contrast in what the two women see as the meaning of Marriage.
Mr. Collins incorrectly uses logical and emotional appeals when asking for Elizabeth’s hand in marriage, which will probably not lead to his desired result. Mr. Collins is very direct and business-like with his proposal, starting his appeal with the words “my reasons for marrying are”. He then lists out facts about why he needs to marry her, even citing his benefactor. His word choice creates a very professional and objective tone, which may be effective in a business setting, but is not right for a romantic marriage proposal. He never mentions that he likes Elizabeth, only expressing that it’s a practical marriage. When Mr. Collins attempts an emotional appeal, he is not very successful. Mr. Collins tells Elizabeth
Through the use of literary devices, Pride and Prejudice reveals Jane Austen’s attitude towards the novel’s theme of true love through the actions of the suitors; the process of courtship in the 1800s articulates characterization, foreshadowing, and irony. The novel opens with the line, “it is a truth acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of wife,” (Austen 1) which foreshadows the conflict of finding a significant other . During the Victorian age, men and women courted others of the same education, wealth, and social status; it was considered uncommon for someone to marry beneath them or to marry for love. Jane Austen uses Elizabeth Bennett’s encounters with different characters of varying
Pride and Prejudice is the most successful and popular novel written by Jane Austen. It revolves around the intricacies of courtship and marriage between members of social classes, which, in this case, is her own class – the middle class. In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen describes many different loves and marriages. Whereby, she can express her viewpoint that one’s character often reflects his or her marriage and attitudes towards love. In this essay, I want to focus and analyse the sex-oriented marriage between a dissolute Wickham and an empty-minded Lydia.
Marriage allows for the converging of two families into one. Despite differences in characteristics, this idea praises trust, love, and compatibility instilled into these individuals. Jane Austen is one of the few who values marriage as an important duty; within his letter, he proposes that marriage will bring respect, happiness, and honor, so long that he finds the perfect patroness. Charles Dickens, on the other hand, writes his proposal by means of praising his potential and selflessness to his significant other. Both passages, although different in style, possess the ability to swoon a fair maiden through the use of logical and emotional appeals.
This also is reflected in the portrayal of Mr. Collins, as he acts as a mouthpiece for societal expectations and pressures. In his proposal to Elizabeth, for example, he speaks entirely in “universally acknowledged truths.” “My reasons for marrying are, first, that I think it a right thing for every clergyman in easy circumstances…” and so on. Despite ostensibly
"He who finds a wife finds what is good." Proverbs 18:22 In the readings by Jane Austen and Charles Dickens both prospective grooms know that having a wife will be a good thing for them. Each story illustrates its own actions and feelings that lead to marriage proposals, but both are set in different tones and are for different reasons. Austen's emphasis is one of acumen, while Dickens' resonance is one of amorousness. The ending result however of both proposals although for different reasons is what benefit's the suitors.
The first proposal is from Mr Collins, a man to whom Elizabeth was not even his first choice; Jane, the eldest and most beautiful, was his first fancy, but when informed that she had been privately engaged, he swiftly switches to Elizabeth, who is ‘equally next to Jane in birth and beauty’. His introduction to Elizabeth is not a pleasant one, although he is too ignorant to notice; she finds him ‘a conceited, pompous, narrow-minded, silly man’. Her observation is quite correct, and illustrated to the greatest affect in his proposal speech.
The two passages written by Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, spoken by two different men who are asking for a lady’s hand in marriage, have two very different motives for marriage. As the audience keeps reading and analyzing the passage rhetorical strategies the speaker’s intent becomes clear. The two men reasons for marriage are entirely different, as are there attitudes toward the objective at hand. In the paragraph written by Jane Austen, the speaker gives the woman three reasons to why he would like to marry. Firstly, he believes it will make happy to be married, secondly it’s a good example of matrimony, lastly his patroness Catharine DeBourgh advised him to get married as soon as possible. These reasons show the reader the speaker only
Mr. Collins was expecting Elizabeth to accept his proposal, but Elizabeth rejected the proposal showing her desire to marry for love even if it puts her financial security in jeopardy.
One question that comes up in older novels such as Northanger Abbey and The Vicar of Wakefield is that of the economy of love or more specifically marriage. Today, people take for granted that people get married for love and little else. The idea of marriage as an economic decision is a foreign and fascinating idea in today’s society, but it was very prominent in Goldsmith’s and Austen’s times and that is reflected in their novels.