english pride and prejudice theme marriage

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  • Pride and Prejudice, Themes, Marriage
    • Definition - the legally or formally recognised union of two people as partners in a personal relationship
    • Presented as a formal affair - "the experience of three and twenty years had been insufficient to make his wife understand his character"
    • Presented as not based on love or true feelings - "he left the room, fatigues with the raptures of his wife"
    • Presented as dictated by men (centred around men)- "It is a truth universally acknowledged,that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
      • good fortune - obsession with money, wealth and status
      • must - coercive pressuring by others
      • possession - defined by having a wife
      • universally - community mindset - hyperbolic wit
    • Presented as a priority - first line of the text - must be important - "is he married or single" in the same line as an introduction  people would want know if he's married
    • Presented as a way of security - "happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance" - "i only ask" - "i ask only a comfortable home" - comfortable = happy the fact that E wants to fall in love is unconventional
      • people had low expectations of love because they valued comfort more.
    • Charlotte VS Elizabeth
      • "opportunity"- practical thinking
      • extract p20-21 - charlotte has more lines - suggests this is the majority perspective of marriage at the time
      • "they (the married) always grow sufficiently unalike afterwards" - no need to find love because it is inevitable that it will be lost immediately


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