Importance of Marriage in Pride and Prejudice Short

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The importance of marriage is shown in a variety of different ways. For example, at the very beginning it is acknowledged that marriage is solely for the purpose to increase one's social and financial ranking and security, not mentioning love at all. Some of the characters, like Lady Catherine de Bourgh, put pressure onto marriage to keep up the social status or wealth of a family. A couple married for that reason would be Charlotte Lucas and Mr. Collins, whom she had married to secure her future. However, other characters, like Elizabeth Bennet, represents the value of marrying for love with her argumentative attitude towards the act with superficial feelings and it being forced. Elizabeth, or Lizzy, differs greatly from the rest of female characters, as her views on the act are completely different and she refuses to wed a man (Mr. Collins) whom she does not love. Elizabeth and Darcy's love also has a moral to it; you can't love truthfully for the appearances, and that love must gradually develop between the two people if they really desire it, despite their arguments. Nevertheless, marriage for love is shown as incorrect by introducing Mr. and Mrs. Bennet's relationship. They have married for lust and love, after Mr. Bennet being seduced by Mrs. Bennet's good looks, and their love faded away with Mrs. Bennet's good looks after she gave birth to their five daughters, and now Mr. Bennet finds her irritating. Now, the only entertainment he gets out of her, is teasing her. However, the marriage between Mr. Wickham and Lydia are there to show the consequences of relationships not based on the ground of love, but on pure lust and ignorance. Their artificial feeling fades away quickly, and Mr. Wickham does not stay loyal. Overall, this novel shows a whole spectrum of attitudes towards marriage, and the importance of it varies as well. We know that some married for
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