Regency Era Marriage

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In the brief years of the Regency Era from 1811 to 1820, the social scheme was revolutionized by elegant balls, intermingling prominent families, and inevitable drama that spread quickly throughout the towns. Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice presents a rare fusing of two socially indecent girls and two wealthily distinguished young men that everyone in town would be talking about for months. Wealth is the most significant theme in this period, and Austen challenges it well with love as its rival. Through the character of Mr. Darcy, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice tests the Regency notion of marriage and social classes in order to reveal that social hierarchies cannot overcome real love. Firstly, a good fortune determines how suitable a…show more content…
The author created Charlotte and Mr. Collin's relationship to exemplify this observation. It also conveys the reader that some women and men made themselves fall in "love" just to be married. Impassively explaining to Elizabeth why she accepted Mr. Collins's proposal, Charlotte admits "[she] ask(s) only a comfortable home; and considering Mr. Collins's character, connections, and situations in life, [she] [is] convinced that [her] chance of happiness with him is fair, as most people can boast on entering the marriage state" (Austen 123). Concentrating on her friend Charlotte's nonchalant attitude towards her serious engagement with unbearable Mr. Collins, Elizabeth felt sorry for her internally miserable friend. The reader is presented with the idea that, "in other societies, 'love', in terms of the strong bond of affection between man and woman, does not play a prominent role or even a significant role," (Baker) in this period at all. Intermingling of social hierarchies and true love were a rare combination; but Mr. Darcy, nevertheless, gradually learned he loved the flaws that Elizabeth possessed along with her family's, as she did for him, and they learned they did not have to settle for each other at
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