Love and Marriage in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

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Love and Marriage in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Analyse Jane Austen's presentation of love and marriage in her novel Pride & Prejudice. From your evidence suggest what Austen regards as a 'good' marriage.

On first impressions of the novel, my own prejudices clouded my judgement of the book and of what it might have consisted. Living in the 21st Century it is somewhat difficult to imagine anything remotely similar, interesting or slightly scandalous happening in a period in which rich men marry apparently beautiful women whose main ambition in life is to marry well. However, as Jane Austen illustrates in the form of Elizabeth, not all women in this period marry just for money, but as
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Austen creates an impressive catalogue of characters, each with their own faults, as well as their own assets; the characters that Austen 'likes' become obvious as she lets them possess good personalities with promising capabilities; conversely, the characters, or personifications of people that she knew, that she does not like are also obvious as she uses satire to present them; Mrs. Bennet is one of the best examples of this: "She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper." Lizzy's view, being the most similar to Austen's, views her younger sister, Lydia, as being, "Vain, ignorant, idle, and absolutely uncontrolled!" This also shows how Austen favours some more than others, and also shows how Austen might judge a character in a rather prejudice way.

This seems the case for most of the marriages in the book; the characters that Austen likes, and in effect
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