Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice

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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." Examine the relationship between money and marriage in the novel. What has Jane Austen to say about marriage in this novel? How does she present her ideas? Choose two marriage proposals to analyse and compare, and base your response on these. The role of women plays a key component in the plot of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The novel is about a family consisting of five daughters, the Bennetts, who live in the regency period. The main topic of most significance is marriage, as in those days the most thought about thing was marriage as women were not allowed to earn an income and therefore needed someone to provide for them when their parents died. Because of this, it seems appropriate that Austen's novel follows the lives of the five Bennett daughters on their search to find the ideal husband. By reading the introductory lines of the novel it is evident that marriage and courtship will play the dominating factor in the plot. This is not Austen's own view but a familiar fact that is just accepted as part of society. In the regency period, the position of women was considered important, but not equal to men and this is presented in Pride and Prejudice. Moreover, the position of women in the society within the text is more or less based on Jane Austen's real life interpretation of the actual position of women in her time. At the time of Jane Austen, women were completely dependent on men, as husbands and as fathers. This was because women could not obtain high paying jobs. As well as this, women relied on men for a home as, when the father in the family died, the money and estate would immediately go to the next male in the family, and in the Bennett's case, there was no other man to accept the fortune, so it ended up being passed onto Mr
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