Money vs Love in Marriage (Pride and Prejudice)

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Haffar 1 Nadine Haffar Mr Marsh ENG4U 10 December Love vs Money in Marriage Marriage in the early 19th century was not usually something derived from love or need for emotional support, but more so by the weight of a man’s wallet and the need for financial relief. The need to marry in order to secure comfortable living is demonstrated in the opening sentence of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice when the narrator states: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” During a time where it was socially unacceptable for women to be working and to provide income for their family, was there still hope for love in marriage? Throughout the novel, the protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet goes against social beliefs in order to follow her heart and marry for love. Within the story of Pride and Prejudice, Austen effectively uses character development in order to identify that in marriage, love always conquers all. Evidence of this development can be found through character dialogue, the relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy, as well as the comparison of other couples in the story. Austen uses each piece of dialogue to thoroughly portray each character’s personal thoughts on marriage, which in turn, also demonstrates the character development that occurs as the story unfolds. Elizabeth’s character grows throughout the novel as she interacts with the people around her. In one specific scene between Elizabeth Bennet and her sister Jane, Elizabeth laments Jane’s naivety by stating, “With your good sense, to be so honestly blind to the follies Haffar 2 and nonsense of others! Affectation of candour is common enough.... say nothing of the badbelongs to you alone” (Austen 12). Elizabeth rightly acknowledges the true nature of Jane’s innocence, however, ironically Elizabeth is
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