Pride and Prejudice Coursework

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  • Explore the view that Austen's criticism of the marriage market in 'Pride and Prejudice' is powerful
    • Answering the Question
      • Does Austen criticize the marriage market?
        • Austen writes marriage within her novel as a sensible agreement between two people, Elizabeth and Darcy are financially and personally suited towards each other
          • The fear of being becoming stricken with poverty and loss of all wealth means that the sisters were yearning for a marriage that would secure their entire futures
        • Austen does not criticize the institution of marriage, she did not believe that true love guaranteed a successful marriage, some 'traditional' factors like wealth and status were still important but to depend on them entirely was to enslave people into a system of oppressive marriages
        • 'Charlotte acknowledges her resigned acceptance of a future married to a man whom she does not love'- Economics of Marriage 'I am not a romantic, you know I never was
          • Elizabeth Bennet: believes the rhetoric that marriage is central to 'happiness', her inability to inherit her father's wealth due to her gender means that marriage is her only method of survival, she also understood that marriage was a means of economic safety and would therefore never marry below her wealth
            • The fear of being becoming stricken with poverty and loss of all wealth means that the sisters were yearning for a marriage that would secure their entire futures
    • Contextual Knowledge/ Ideas

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