Jane Austen 's Pride And Prejudice

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In the novel, Pride and Prejudice the author, Jane Austen shows how social classes impact marriages and relationships, and demonstrates how one makes the most of their life regardless of the circumstance. Three relationships in the novel that are impacted by social class are, Mr. Collins and Charlotte, Lydia and Wickham, and Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. For the purpose of this essay, social class is defined as a division of society based on status, wealth and fortune. As seen through the relationships in the novel social class can ruin relationships, but it can also show that the love two people have for each other, overrides the societal problem of social class. Pride and Prejudice is a story of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and their five unmarried daughters who live in the estate of Longbourn in Hertfordshire. They are classified as middle class and are not a wealthy family. Their property is to pass on to the nearest male heir in the family, in this case to Mr. Collins, a cousin, since they have no sons in the family. The main concern of Mrs. Bennet’s life is to see that all her daughters are married, preferably to men with large fortunes. When Mrs. Bennet finds out that Mr. Charles Bingley, a wealthy gentlemen from the city, occupies the nearby estate of Netherfield Park, she takes the opportunity to marry off her daughters into Mr. Bingley’s family. Mr. Collins, a cousin of Mr. Bennet is the clergyman at the Hunsford parsonage near Rosing 's Park, the estate of his patroness

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