Pride And Prejudice Essay

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Rachel Huang 1/14/11 Language Arts 8-7 Theme Essay One should not marry another for any other reason besides love. In the book Pride and Prejudice, the author, Jane Austen questions the purpose of marriage through the character’s choices and actions. This book takes place in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s in England, when women married for every other reason other than love. It goes through the adventure of the five Bennet sisters as they are searching for their husbands. In this book, different marriages show how couples, who marry for reasons other than love, grow apart and make their lives full of sorrow. According to Jane Austen, in Pride and Prejudice, a successful marriage should not be based on superficial reasons but feelings that are developed inside one’s heart. The marriage between Mr. Collins and Charlotte is an example of a matrimony not based on love. This couple can’t love each other because it was only a week earlier that Mr. Collins had proposed to Elizabeth. There is no way that within a week he has deeply fallen in love with Charlotte. Love must be developed slowly between two people. Charlotte knows that she was Mr. Collins third choice to propose to but doesn’t care because she doesn’t really love him. “I am not romantic, you know; I never was. I ask only a comfortable home-considering Mr. Collin’s character connections and situations in life” (Austen. 93) Charlotte needed a match for financial reasons and would’ve married anyone who could give it to her. When Mr. Collins proposed she accepted the marriage because she was able to gain financial and social security. Charlotte reluctantly agrees to marry Mr. Collins because she imagines it as if it was a business deal. She thinks only of the profit she would make and not about how she would feel. This marriage is not based on true love because they haven’t taken their

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