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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 wifeThis first sentence of Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice could not have better prepared the reader for the rest of the novel The thread that sews together the lives of all the characters in this classic is the establishment of marriage Austen uses the Bennet family of Longbourn to illustrate the good and bad reasons behind marriage Mrs Bennet is an irritating woman whose main goal in life is to get her five daughters married It might be correct in assuming that she felt social and financial pressure to do so Her husbands estate was entailed to his nephew Mr Collins upon Mr Bennets death Therefore Mrs Bennet wanted her daughters to have financial stability elsewhere in case of their fathers death In the time period of this story there was very little social acceptance of women who were single their whole lives For the most part women could not acquire money on their own without inheriting or marrying into good fortune Women who could not find a husband were often referred to as old maids and lived their whole lives with their parents I can understand why Mrs Bennet did not want this for any of her daughtersThe Bennets marriage was not ideal Mr Bennet had married his wife because she was beautiful in her youth and her ability to supply him with children Eventually though her beauty faded and so did their enjoyment of each other He enjoyed his time alone in his study where he could be away from his wife and daughters Mrs Bennet enjoyed gossiping about neighbors and finding future husbands for her daughters I do believe that Austen is showing the reader that marrying only for physical appearance is wrong - beauty fades with timeCharlotte Lucas Elizabeths dearest friend marries Mr Collins for money The narrator plainly
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