Theme Of Love In Pride And Prejudice Essay

For Jane Austen love was absolutely necessary for a good marriage.  However, in English society at the time, which is depicted in the novel, love is not the greatest consideration for marriage.  The ideal goal for marriage is to marry someone financially capable of supporting you. Love is secondary. Austen mocks this practice in the book.

For example, Mrs. Bennett is constantly reminding her daughters about the rule that since there is no male heir among...

For Jane Austen love was absolutely necessary for a good marriage.  However, in English society at the time, which is depicted in the novel, love is not the greatest consideration for marriage.  The ideal goal for marriage is to marry someone financially capable of supporting you. Love is secondary. Austen mocks this practice in the book.

For example, Mrs. Bennett is constantly reminding her daughters about the rule that since there is no male heir among her children, that their home will pass out of their family to the next male in the family, Mr. Collins.  The Bennetts will be homeless when Mr. Bennett dies. So it is imperative that the girls, especially Jane and Lizzy, find husbands who can provide them with a home and possibly their mother and sisters as well.

Marriage is considered an arrangement between parties who occupy the same social level.  Love is certainly a necessary consideration, but not required for a good match.  For example, Darcy has been promised to Lady Catherine Debourgh's daughter since birth. 

Even though he does not love her, he is supposed to marry her.  Darcy is an exception, since he does fall in love with Lizzy, but is reluctant, at first to court her because he believes that her family is socially inferior.  Darcy and Lizzy's marriage is an example of both love and financial security coming together.  She and Jane both marry men who not only love them but can support them well.

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife" (Austen 1). From the first, very famous sentence of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen introduces to her readers a satirical view of, not love, but marriage, concepts that in 19th century England were not necessarily very closely related. The novel does not begin with a man in love being in want of a wife, but rather with the statement that men, by a certain stage in life, become ready to marry and then seek out a wife. This rather unromantic view of marriage is heavily parodied by Austen, and she gives us with a very parable-like story of matrimony, presenting the reader with more than several marriages and courtships, and showing her readers that the only way to marry is for love. Austen presents the reader with four marriages, each based around different motivations including lust, economic stability, beauty and most importantly, love.

Unlike the other marriages in the novel, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet's is based around Mr. Bennet's desire for Mrs. Bennet's beauty. In addition, the marriage is shown in its later years, when it is obvious that their union was both unsuccessful and unfulfilling....

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