english pride and prejudice themes wealth

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  • Pride and Prejudice, Theme, Wealth
    • Presented as a persons definition. money = power. everyone knows everyones wealth. dehumanisation - the person isn't relevant. ranking system. "a single man of large fortune"
      • "the report which was in general circulation within five minutes after his entrance, of his having ten thousand a year"
    • Presented as a safety measure- caroline Bingley is constantly trying to reassure her status by trying to marry into Mr Darcy's fortune.
    • Presented as something you can easily buy into - "(Pemberly had) more real elegance, than the furniture of Rosings." - Darcy is not flashy in his wealth which shows his nice personality.
    • Presented as essential - it creates classes and social status'. It is the creator of the idea of being above someone depending on your financial situation.
    • if Mr Bennet hadn't spent their money they wouldnt have to rely on reputation - "Mr Bennet had very often wished...that instead of spening his whole income, he had laid by an anual sum, for the better provision of his children"
    • Presented as interlinking with marriage - "it is as truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possesion of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife" - "i ask only for a comfortable home"


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