The Role of Marriage in Pride and Prejudice

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The Role of Marriage in Pride and Prejudice With a rate of about 50% of all first marriages ending in divorce, it has become quite clear that to many citizens of the USA, marriage is no longer a sacrament. On the television, the general public plays witness to celebrities marrying for under a week before splitting, and with this as their example, they follow suit, disregarding any once-held virtues over the matter and absorbing the other negative opinions that flood out from the media. A culture’s thoughts about marriage can reveal a significant amount of information on that group of people. The foundation of that society’s beliefs, morals, and ideals can be discovered when observing the specifics of matrimony including the reasons behind certain marriages occurring. Jane Austen reflects upon the important personal matters and superficial morals of her society through the role of marriage as seen in Pride and Prejudice. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife” (Austen 1). With this quote as Jane Austen’s opening line of Pride and Prejudice, the author starts off her story in a manner which reflects the rest of the novel’s satire over the era’s shallow ethics and views of marriage. Many examples of sour matrimonies of different types are given by this never-wedded author through the many relatives and acquaintances of the Bennet family. It could have been the result of family pressures, a desire for money, a change in social status, for physical beauty, escaping the family, or simply avoiding a life with a low-respected, low-paying, job with poor working conditions, but a majority of the time, women married for reasons other than for love of her fiancé. “The first line also defines Austen's book as a piece of literature that connects itself to the 18th century period. Pride and Prejudice is
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