Pride and Prejudice Minor Character - Charlotte

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The minor characters are important in a novel because they often represent an aspect of society or help develop the main characters. Charlotte Lucas represents the common regency woman who marries only for security and economy. She, unlike Elizabeth, got married just for the sake of being married. This is a completely unromantic decision that will affect her for the rest of her life. Charlotte eventually marries Mr. Collins, who is portrayed as “not a sensible man”(Austen 74) when he visits Longbourn. (Austen 74). Mr. Collins is described as a strange man, but Charlotte still marries him because he was a man of a small fortune. Elizabeth and Charlotte speak of happiness and marriage, and Charlotte believes that “happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.” (Austen 21). Charlotte believes that “if the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least.” (Austen 21). She is telling Elizabeth that she should marry the man before she gets to know him, because if they are living with someone for the rest of their life then they will learn to love them. However, Charlotte’s logic is flawed because it is possible that the more that is learned about the significant other, the more that is disliked. If this is the case, they are destined to be unhappy in marriage for the rest of their lives. An example of a marriage not based on love gone wrong was the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. The first impression of the two was a good one, so they ended up getting married. Mr. Bennet finds out later in marriage that Mrs. Bennet is dim-witted and loves to gossip. Mr. Bennet does not like these qualities and is unhappy with his marriage because of it. Charlotte, despite the possibility of being unhappy, married Mr. Collins for reasons other than love. Charlotte was “relieved from apprehension of dying an old maid.” (Austen 129). She was happy with...
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