The Must Haves Of A Successful Marriage

1775 WordsMay 17, 20168 Pages
The Must Haves of a Successful Marriage Throughout the novel Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austen, there are many notable and prominent themes that come up. Out of all of these striking themes, marriage is a topic that comes up many, many times. Compared to the 21st century, when marriage is not as important, the 19th century placed great importance on marriage. Many women married for the sole purpose of money, wealth, and power, while some had married for love and mutual affection. Some women already have some form of inheritance, but still get married just to gain a higher social status, or for companionship. Even though these reasons for marrying are not the best reasons in today’s society, these were the factors that made a successful marriage during Austen’s time. So, according to Pride and Prejudice, a successful marriage consists of a substantial fortune from either side of the marriage, mutual affection, and a good dose of companionship and compatibility. The first ingredient of a successful marriage, according to the novel, is a sound financial foundation. An example of this form of marriage is when Charlotte says “yes” to Mr. Collins’ proposal. When this happened, the entirety of the Lucas family was happy and “relieved from their apprehension of Charlotte 's dying an old maid”(Austen 226).”The younger girls formed hopes of coming out a year or two sooner than they might otherwise have done; and the boys were relieved from their apprehension of Charlotte 's
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