Pride Essay

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14 April 2012 In Pride And Prejudice, a love story, Jane Austen clearly states her passionate views on marriage and relationships. Austen shows this by including relationships based upon convenience, love, infatuation, and companionship throughout the novel. The three different types of marriages in Pride And Prejudice include a desperate attempt for love, convenient love, and a true love companionship. By the end of the novel, it is clear that Jane Austen finds the marriage between Darcy and Elizabeth (true love) more fulfilling than the other two marriages. Mr. Collins and Charlotte’s marriage was portrayed as a desperate attempt at marriage, not actually based on love for one another. Charlotte conveys her beliefs on marriage when saying, “Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance” (Austen 22). Through this belief it is clear that Charlotte doesn’t care about whether she is happy in her marriage; she just has the desire to be married. Mr. Collins and Charlotte become married and Charlotte makes it clear that she is “… taking worldly advantage…”(Austen 105) of her situation. Charlotte wants a comfortable home, some wealth, and security. Mr. Collins can give her these things that Charlotte desires. This marriage is not pure and bound for failure. The marriage between Mr. Wickham and Lydia is based on lust and convenience. The marriage is very premature and happens quickly. It seems as if Lydia is just “throwing herself into the power of Mr. Wickham” (Austen 237). Lydia is in lust with Wickham, not love. The relationship is purely out of convenience. Lydia makes irrational decisions, “Lydia has run off with Wickham” (Austen 245). Since being in a relationship with Wickham, she has totally disregarded her family and lost all values. This marriage seems to have more substance than Charlotte’s but is still very doubtful. The companionship between

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