Pride and Prejudice
During Regency England time period from 1810 until 1820 marriage was based on social status. In most cases marriage did not depend on love but on how it would benefit ones social standing. As an affect of the industrial revolution, the English economy broadened due to the increase of manufacturing causing some of the English middle class to gain prestige and increased wealth for few middle class people. The development of wealth motivated people to place themselves in the upper class with the desire to improve their reputation and social standing. Even though these new “upper class” people did not have any sort of hereditary titles, they established themselves on the same level. Jane Austen was an author who published her novels during the Regency time period. Readers must remember that less than two percent of England’s population were able to indulge in the social status and the life style of the upper class. In Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice, there are two relationships in which she uses to explain how social etiquette affects the characters in the novel and how the relationships are affected by social roles and expectations. The two relationships that Jane uses are the relationship between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy and the relationship between Charlotte and Mr. Collins. Jane Austen uses both of these relationships in her novel Pride and Prejudice to show how during this time period marriage was mainly based on social status rather than love. Pride and Prejudice essentially focuses on Elizabeth and the development of her relationship with Mr. Darcy, who is a wealthy proud man who ignores her after they met at the public dance. Elizabeth’s first impression of Darcy led her to having a negative opinion of him. This hate is strengthened when she meets Mr.Wickham. In the beginning of the novel when Darcy and Elizabeth first met he states “She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me”. Led on by Mr.Wickhams...
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