Write a critical analysis of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice, paying special attention to family politics. Comment on the Elizabeth – Darcy relationship. What makes Elizabeth and Darcy different from all other characters in the novel?
Student: Daniela Gospodinova
In the 19th century in England, when Jane Austen writes, the marriage is something that every young woman wants - to marry a single, wealthy men, showing both joy and gratitude. In the beginning of the novel, the opening sentence "It is a truth universally aknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife" she shows us how important is to get into an advantageous marriage and make good connections in society. In that love story, Austen presents us various types of marriage - as economic contract, like Charlotte marries Mr. Collins, as a outside marriage out side of your social class, like Jane and Mr. Bingley, and marriage for love, like Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. It is crucial to a family with daughters with lower incomes like Bennets, to marry their daughters to a man who has a property and good income. But the marriage to Mrs. Bennet is a vital necessity to arrange her daughters as much as she could to find a better husband for them. Even when Lydia runs away with Wickham, she is not concerned that the whole family will be disgraced, as long as she is married. While Lydia may have escaped social stigma, Mr. Bennet still condemns her and Wickham, saying, “I will not encourage the impudence of either, by receiving them at Longbourn.” After the arranged marriage of Lydia and Wickham, Mrs. Bennet cannot wait to tell everyone of their wedding. Even though, there is a unwritten rule, that the eldest sister is not married, none of the others sisters is allowed to show themselves into the society. But for Bennets is all their girls must be seen in the balls and to meet good candidates for marriage. Unlike Mrs. Bennet, Mr. Bennet wants his daughters...
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