Love Has Nothing To Do With It. Speaks Of "Pride And Predjuice" By Jane Austen

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In Pride and Predjuice life is not all fun and games. There are many pressures inlife: mothers with high expectations for a good marriage and a girl's own expectation ofwhat life and hopefully marriage will be like. Charlotte Lucas is the oldest daughter in alarge family, she is not the most beautiful girl, and she is twenty-seven, well beyond themarrying age. Charlotte is Elizabeth Bennett's best friend and Mr. Collins, the manCharlotte finally marries, is Elizabeth's cousin. Charlotte Lucas will marry to solidifyher life, not because she loves, for many people are unkind about her ability to marrywell; thus after her marriage to Mr. Collins, she spends all of her time avoiding him.Charlotte knows that even though she wants to marry more than anything in theworld, she does not expect love to come about; thus, she decides that it is probably evenbetter if you don't know a thing at all about the person you are marrying. WhileCharlotte is speaking to Elizabeth about her sister, she expressed her opinion as to JaneBennet's relationship towards a gentleman. She says it is probably better not to study aperson because you would probably know as much after twelve months as if she marriedhim the next day. Charlotte even goes as far as to say that "it is better to know as little aspossible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life" (p.21).Charlotte considered Mr. Collins "neither sensible nor agreeable" but since marriage hadalways been her goal in life, "at the age of twenty-seven, with having never beenhandsome, she felt all the good luck of it" (p.107). Charlotte is speaking to Elizabeth onher marriage to Mr. Collins, "I am not romantic, you know. I never was. I ask only acomfortable home; and considering Mr. Collins' character, connections, and situation inlife, I am convinced that my chance of happiness with him is as fair as most people canboast on entering the marriage state" (p.110). Charlotte is optimistic in entering hermarriage even though Elizabeth is...

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