"Love in Marriage Is More Important Than Wealth." Explore This as Presented by Austen in 'Pride and Prejudice' with Reference to Forster's 'a Room with a View'.

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"Love in marriage is more important than wealth." Explore this as presented by Austen in 'Pride and Prejudice' with reference to Forster's 'A Room With A View'. In "Pride and Prejudice' Austen clearly presents successful marriage to be dependent on both love and wealth. Example of what the author does In the Regency era it was conventional for people to marry only for wealth. Context to era Marriage was the primary way that women were able to achieve stability. Contrary to the social-norms of the Regency era, Austen portrayed love in marriage to be more important than wealth. Example of what the author does Elizabeth initially rejects Darcy and will not marry him until she comes to love him. Similarly Forster in "A Room With A View" shows Lucy rejecting Cecil Example of what the author does using characters and his wealth in order to marry a man of lower social class and limited financial security in the name of Love. Austen and Forster both show that marrying for love does not make for a successful marriage without the element of wealth. Austen uses the relationship between Charlotte and Mr Collins to show that marrying for wealth creates stability, but is not a good basis for a happy marriage. "I ask only of a comfortable home; and considering Mr Collins character, connections and situation in life..." The society that Austen grew up in was very patriarchal and all women had, was the reliance of stability from a male. We are shown that in the 19th century the main reasons for marriage were social class, status and wealth. Austen uses Charlotte as an example of the social norms regarding marriage in the Regency era. Austen does not attack Charlotte's pragmatic approach or decision to marry such an awful man. She uses the thoughts of Elizabeth to show how appalled she initially is by the choices charlotte has chosen to make. "Charlotte the

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