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"Pride And Prejudice" By Jane Austen: The Marriages Compair And Contrast The Four Marriages And Explain Which One You Feel Would Be Happiest

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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.This first sentence of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" couldn't have prepared the reader better for the rest of the novel.Austen reveals details about her characters through the characters themselves i.e. through their dialogue and gossip to each other rather than her narrating about them. This then means the reader can pick up on the characters personalities by the way that they get on. The narrative voice is not very evident in the novel; this enables us to maintain our interest.Mrs. Bennet is the mother of the five daughters whose main goal in life is to get them married. It is correct in assuming that she felt social and financial pressure to do so. Their house and money was left to Mr Bennet's nephew, Mr. Collins, when he died. Therefore, Mrs. Bennet wanted her daughters to have financial stability elsewhere.During the time period of this story there was very little social acceptance of women who were single their whole lives. Women had no power to earn money on their own without inheriting or marrying into good fortune so this meant if you were a woman during this period and wanted to do well in life you would need to get MARRIED!During the novel a number of very different marriages take place concerning some of the daughters in the Bennet family, Elizabeth and Darcy, Jane and Bingley, Charlotte and Mr Collins and Lydia and Wickham.I believe that Elizabeth and Darcy's marriage reveals the characteristics of a successful marriage and will be the happiest as I feel they are a good match. One of the characteristics their marriage has is that the feeling of love and attractiveness is not brought on by initial impressions, as their love gradually develops as they get to know each other. This makes Elizabeth and Darcy's a not so easy or good relationship at the start but also means it was worth it in the end which might keep them together for longer as it took so long to get together in the first place but I feel now they are genuinely in love. It even took two proposals as Elizabeth refused the first.'He was the proudest, most disagreeable man in the world''He is a most disagreeable, horrid man, not at all worth pleasing. So high and so conceited that there was no enduring him''She is tolerable but not handsome enough to tempt me'Elizabeth's pride makes her misjudge Darcy on the basis of a poor first impression, while Darcy's prejudice against Elizabeth's poor social standing kept them distant from each other.The series of events that they both experienced throughout the novel gave them the opportunity to understand one another and the time to bring together their feelings for each other.'She began now to comprehend that he was exactly the man, who, in disposition and talents, would most suit her''I do, I do like him. I love him. Indeed he has improper pride. He is perfectly amiable.'This relationship between Elizabeth and...

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