"Pride and Prejudice": Exploring the Chasm Between Love and Marriage in Georgian England

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“Pride and Prejudice”, is a novel which explores the huge chasm between love and marriage in Georgian England. Jane Austen’s presentation of passion and matrimony reiterates the fact that marriage is a “business arrangement”. Austen uses irony to make fun of polite society in this satire and Austen also emphasizes the point that social hierarchy dictates whom you can marry. The pressures of men and women in Georgian England are revealed through her exploration of the aristocracy’s prejudice against the middle class society in which she lived. Finally uses comedy to expose hypocrisy

Early in the Novel, Jane Austen is initially presents Mr. Collins with comic irony and as a figure of absurdity to be mocked as a potential husband; Austen
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Austen also highlights society’s pressures in marriage as Charlotte Lucas most likely will not get another chance of marrying and cannot wait for love therefore this marriage is a business deal. Mr. Collins reaction to the refusal solidifies Austen’s portrait of this absurd character and of society’s prejudices. Finally Mr. Collins' comic inability to believe that Elizabeth could possibly be sincere in her recurring refusals illustrate what little respect he has for her and also the fact that this proposal is more of a business deal than a affirmation of love, in contrast Mr. Darcy’s feelings for Elizabeth are fervent.

Jane Austen also uses ironic humour in her portrayal of Lady Catherine De Bourgh. She is primarily presented as a pompous snob who doesn’t let the lower class forget their inferior rank, Austen highlights the society’s intolerance of the potential marriage of Elizabeth and Darcy through the line “Are the shades of Pemberley to be thus polluted” This line underlines the social unacceptance of the aristocracy, in the 19th century it was publicly deplorable to marry someone above or below your class. Lady Catherine de Bourgh a haughty, affluent woman and Jane Austen uses the metaphor
“Polluted” to suggest that Lady Catherine sees Elizabeth as an infection or scourge. Lady Catherine is symbol of the old
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