Pride And Prejudice Essay

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Pride and Prejudice: Marriage
Essay written by Maria Engstrom

For this essay, I chose to read the perhaps most famous book by the English author Jane Austen.
During the reading I was thinking about which theme I should choose to write about and analyze, and eventually I felt that marriage was the central keyword in the book. I will concentrate on the situation of the daughters in the family, since these are the best described in the novel. My dealing with different ideals and problems within a marriage will be illustrated with examples from the text.

"Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other, or ever so similar beforehand, it
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Since money is so important, Wickham tries to elope with Georgiana Darcy only because of her fortune of £30,000 since the property of a woman automatically becomes the property of the husband in the marriage.

Marriage was therefore a great security for a happy life since there was nothing like the social security, old age pensions or health insurances we are provided with today.

"If you go on refusing every offer of marriage, you will never get a husband -- and I am sure I do not know who is to maintain you when your father is dead."

The sentence above is the quoting of Mrs. Bennet to Elizabeth after the refusal of Mr. Collins proposal. The statement reflects the situation for women in the novel and during this period. No professions (politics, university-related etc.) were open for women of the genteel classes, so independence on the woman's hand almost never occurred. The only "profession" available was that of being a governess, which meant educating the daughters of a family, but this was a job with low working conditions and lowly paid. Therefore women had to marry their life into money, happiness and a secured future (if they did not by chance happened to inherit a large sum of money.) As Charlotte
Lucas thoughts before accepting the proposal of Mr. Collins are pictured in the novel:

"Without thinking highly either of men or of

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