Pride And Prejudice By Jane Austen

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Nicole Voyatzis Professor W. Acres HISTORY 1401E May 26, 2015 Discussion Paper - Pride and Prejudice Pride and Prejudice written in 1813 by Jane Austen tells the story of The Bennet’s and their five unmarried daughters. The family live as part of the lower gentry in early 19th century England. With that being said, Mrs. Bennet’s primary focus in life is to ensure that all her daughters are married, preferably to wealthy men. The book begins with Mrs. Bennet seeing an opportunity for her daughters to be married as Mr. Bingley, a nouveau riche gentlemen, moves into a nearby estate. After much persuasion, Mrs. Bennet gets her husband to have their daughters meet Mr. Bingley and his haughty friend, Mr. Darcy. Mr. Bingley is immediately…show more content…
Elizabeth then receives letters from Jane explaining that their younger sister Lydia has eloped with Darcy’s cousin Wickham which frightens her because she does not want her family name to be disgraced. Elizabeth then finds out that is it Darcy who was influential in conducting the marriage, which she greatly respects. Afterwards she gets a visit from Darcy’s aunt, Lady Catherine De Bourgh, who hears that Darcy will likely be proposing to Elizabeth again and she insists Elizabeth declines the proposal. Elizabeth refuses to make this promise to Lady De Bourgh. After hearing this, Darcy becomes hopeful that Elizabeth has had a change of heart and proposes again where she finally accepts. Pride and Prejudice can be a mirror into the past as it portrays life in the rural society of the time as it touches on Elizabeth Bennet and how she deals with etiquettes, ethics, education, and marriage during early 19th century England. During this time marriage was seen as a business deal between families. I believe the purpose of Austen writing this novel was to illustrate this point. She accomplished this through her novel as writing it as a satire by incorporating humour as it makes fun of the way people during her time were marrying for money and not for love. This is apparent from the opening line of the novel "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." After reading the novel
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