The Austen Marriage

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The females in Pride and Prejudice have their moral values reflected in their marriage. They each have a predetermined standard – whether it is love or monetary gain, or superficial or complex – of what constitutes a marital relationship. According to Zimmerman, “the character from whose point of view much of the action is seen is Elizabeth” (67). She is either the one being married or is the one giving opinion on another’s marriage. Jane Austen utilizes Elizabeth as the crux of the plot’s movement entrenching Elizabeth’s viewpoint of a marital relationship. Furthermore, Austen’s focus on Elizabeth’s actions is the result of Austen revealing her artistic philosophy on marriage. Austen’s and Elizabeth’s stance on marriage are intertwined.…show more content…
Speaking on Jane’s feelings towards Mr. Bingley, Elizabeth offers that “‘[Jane] has known him only a fortnight. She danced four dances with him… This is not quite enough to make her understand his character’” (17). Again, Elizabeth discovers blemish in another’s marriage. She reveals another aspect of what qualifies as a proper marriage: knowing one’s spouse’s reputation and integrity. The marriages that occur around Elizabeth are ill-matched in Elizabeth’s eyes and in this case in Austen’s eyes too. Austen’s artistic view of a lasting marriage is one where compromise is the relationship’s fundament. The development of Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s bond is the most significant proof of the compromises made in marriage. On one side, Elizabeth liberates herself of her prejudices whereas on the other, Darcy humbles himself of his pride. Darcy judge people based on social class, and not by their personalities. Because of his pride, he does not get along well with other people. His brusqueness offends others because he believes people on his social level are the ones worth his attention. As Elizabeth and Darcy mature throughout their relationship, they learn to compromise. Their relationship requires effort; compromise will bond the two together. The first encounter of pride and prejudice can be seen during the ball in which Elizabeth first meets Darcy. Darcy instigates Elizabeth’s
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