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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife This first sentence of Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice couldnt have prepared the reader better for the rest of the novel Austen reveals details about her characters through the characters themselves ie through their dialogue and gossip to each other rather than her narrating about them This then means the reader can pick up on the characters personalities by the way that they get on The narrative voice is not very evident in the novel this enables us to maintain our interest Mrs Bennet is the mother of the five daughters whose main goal in life is to get them married It is correct in assuming that she felt social and financial pressure to do so Their house and money was left to Mr Bennets nephew Mr Collins when he died Therefore Mrs Bennet wanted her daughters to have financial stability elsewhere During the time period of this story there was very little social acceptance of women who were single their whole lives Women had no power to earn money on their own without inheriting or marrying into good fortune so this meant if you were a woman during this period and wanted to do well in life you would need to get MARRIED During the novel a number of very different marriages take place concerning some of the daughters in the Bennet family Elizabeth and Darcy Jane and Bingley Charlotte and Mr Collins and Lydia and Wickham I believe that Elizabeth and Darcys marriage reveals the characteristics of a successful marriage and will be the happiest as I feel they are a good match One of the characteristics their marriage has is that the feeling of love and attractiveness is not brought on by initial impressions as their love gradually develops as they get to know
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