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During the Regency Era in Britain, society tends to favor men over women on the matter of inheriting property through the practice of entailment. Single women during this time period are in danger if they are not married because once their father or male guardian dies, they would be homeless and penniless if they do not receive an inheritance to be finally secure. Because of this, many women would marry for money not love to not become a burden on their family and to protect themselves from destitution. In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen satirizes the concept of women who would marry for money and not for love by using irony, satire, understatement, and hyperbole. The message she conveys throughout the novel is that it is ridiculous to marry only…show more content…
1), is from Mrs. Bennet’s viewpoint. This shows how narrow-minded Mrs. Bennet is because people like herself would believe this statement, but everyone else may disagree. This quote became an irony in the fact that the word “universal” does not pertain to all but only to some. The universal truth would then mean “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single woman in possession of no fortunes must be in need of a husband.” This is a well-known fact because women without a fortune are in danger in which by marrying a husband, they are financially secured and protected showing the predicament they are in. This is the reason why Mrs. Bennet is so obsessed with marrying off her five daughters. Mrs. Bennet is one of the most ridiculous and highly exaggerated character in the novel who Austen satirizes to mock how women would only desire to marry wealthy men because society taught them to want that which is part of the humor in the novel. Although Mrs. Bennet actions are well intended and she just want her daughters to be financially secure, her actions and characters masks her well-intention because of how ridiculous and silly she is. For example, in Chapter 7, when Jane was invited to dine with the Bingley
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