The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth in Pride and Prejudice

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The course of true love never did run smooth in “Pride and Prejudice” The idiom “The course of true love never did run smooth” implies that the path to love is never simple and straight forward. The path to true love is filled with difficulties and obstacles from society, religion, or culture. In “Pride and Prejudice,” none exemplify this idiom more than the couples Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth and Mr. Bingley and Jane. The idea behind the proverb plays a central role in constructing the plot of the story as seen with the relationships, especially those of Bingley and Jane, and Darcy and Elizabeth. Jane Austen tells a fairy tale of how an attractive young lady, who is virtually penniless, meets with a handsome and rich gentleman, who is…show more content…
Jane’s and Bingley’s relationship also depicts the idiom “the course of true love never did run smooth.” Jane Bennet and Charles Bingley meet and fall in love at a dance in Meryton. Their mutual attraction is evident to everyone, especially Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley’s sisters who disapprove of Jane’s social disadvantage. Jane and Mr. Bingley are considered the potential couple that will eventually marry. Elizabeth is happy and wants her sister to be happily married; therefore, she is happy at the thought of a marriage between Bingley and Jane. In the eyes of Elizabeth, this is would be the marriage of true affection. However, as the idiom indicates, one of the obstacles that makes the road to love for Jane and Bingley not smooth is the interference by his family. Bingley’s sisters try to convince Bingley not to marry Jane. If he is to marry, he should marry for money, connections, and pride (Schaefer 17). These are the same sentiments voiced by Darcy who is also concerned with social status. When Elizabeth joins Jane to keep her company at Netherfield, the Bingley sisters deride them for their country girls’ customs, lifestyle, and relations. Darcy optimistically indicates that these relations, “must very materially lessen their chance of marrying men of any consideration in the world” (Austen 37). The Bingley sisters try everything to prevent the relationship as they also interfere with the relationship
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