Marriage in Jane Austen´s Pride and Prejudice

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Throughout the history of literature there have been many connections made between writers and their reoccurring styles of writing found in each of their literary works. Jane Austen is only one example of this type of author who exemplifies a style of repetition by using repetitious themes. Theme is a very important literary element in any piece of literature. Themes teach the reader a life lesson, often times lending advice or a point of view. In Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice, she uses themes which can also be found in other pieces of literature written by Austen. These themes deal with the subjects of; marriage, good breeding and appearances, social rank and morals, and happiness. In the novel Pride and Prejudice Austen uses…show more content…
Darcy revels this fact to Elizabeth stating, “‘I have no wish of denying that I did everything in my power to separate my friend from your sister, or that I rejoice in my success. Towards him I have been kinder than towards myself’” (pg 162). At the end of the novel Jane Bennet is completely in love and engaged to Mr. Bingley, who reciprocates the feeling. Miss Bennet even breaks out of her shyness to flirt with Mr. Bingley which is what proves to Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley that Jane does share his feelings of attraction. Mrs. Bennet is an interesting character who is strong-willed but at the same time not very intelligent. Throughout the novel Mrs. Bennet makes foolish assumptions, decisions, and statements that are clearly untrue and is one who changes her mind often depending on who is pleasing her at that moment in time. Mrs. Bennet does however have somewhat of a grasp on the “business affair” idea of marriage during this time period. She knows that in order to secure each of her daughters’ future she will need to make sure they are all married to men who will be able to support them and their families.

Mrs. Bennet is persistent in finding her daughters’ future husbands and is happier than ever at the end of the novel when she has three of her five daughters married off. Mrs. Bennet is blunt in stating her opinion
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