Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen's Use of Marriage to Show Conflicting Views of Relationships Between Men and Women

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Name: Blaire Santos Teacher: Ms. Yvette Holland Associates Degree Level ENG 125 31st January, 2011 The Truth About Fairy Tales Fairy Tales like “Sleeping Beauty”, “Cinderella”, and “Snow White” always end with a loving couple who live happily ever after. In the real world, however, most of the time there is no “happily ever after” especially when it comes to the relationships between men and women. Even though reality has proven time and time again that most relationships simply do not stay peaceful, many fiction writers still focus their novels on the relationship between a man and a women, and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice also falls under this category. Even so, the way Jane Austen presents this issue is very unique. Jane Austen centers the issue of relationships between men and women on the theme of marriage which she presents both disagreeably and amiably through the use of her distinctive characters. The very first couple that readers are introduced to is Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, and there are many things that are wrong in their marriage. The way they run their family is much disorganized; therefore, there is an obvious lack of togetherness in the home. The relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet is also very incompatible and this is made known very early when the narrator states that, “Mr. Bennet was so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve, and caprice, that the experience of three and twenty years had been insufficient to make his wife understand his character…She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper” (3). Sadly, the issue of male and female relationships which Jane Austen presents through Mr. and Mrs. Bennet is not very pleasing and just in case readers were unaware of this, she makes it explicitly known. “Had Elizabeth’s opinion been all drawn from her own family, she
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