Pride and Prejudice Essay

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Throughout Jane Austen’s novels she suggests marriages that are for wealth are more common as those for love. This idea is revealed in the course of her novels by the examples of marriages she provides. One example is Willoughby and Miss Sophia Grey in Sense and Sensibility, married not because of love, but because it was the choice that promised financial security. Edward’s sister, Fanny Dashwood, opposed Lucy Steele and Edward Ferrars’ marriage because Edward came from a wealthy past, which Lucy was not familiar with. However Austen also illustrates that some marriages occur due to a deep love between two characters.
Within Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice there are marriages that occur because of strong passionate love. First the
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However any relationship between them was opposed by some because of Jane’s financial status. For example Caroline Bingley acted as if she was fond of Jane only to write her a letter telling Jane that Darcy was settled in London probably never to return to Hertfordshire again. She did this because she would have rather seen her brother and Miss. Darcy together because they both can bring money to the marriage. Even Darcy admits of trying to keep them apart, as he admits in his letter to Elizabeth “…I had detached Mr. Bingley from your sister…” (Austen, 2003, p 185). The match between Jane and Bingley was frowned upon because Bingley came from money and Jane had no money to bring into the marriage. However Bingley’s love for Jane was strong enough to make money seem obsolete. He eventually makes a deal with Jane’s father and proposes to Jane.
The connection between Elizabeth and Darcy took a bit longer to develop. In their initial meeting Elizabeth frowned upon Darcy because of his pompous manner. As time goes on Darcy falls for Elizabeth, but Elizabeth still has no feelings for Darcy. Elizabeth is convinced by Wickham that Darcy is not a person worth Elizabeth’s feelings. However he is proven wrong when Elizabeth visits Darcy’s estate and is told by Darcy’s help how agreeable of a man he is. Once the news of Darcy and Elizabeth’s feelings for each other starts to spread there relationship is protested by