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The intricate nexus of marriage money and love in Jane Austens society is unfolded through the development of plots and characters of her novel Pride and Prejudice In the nineteenth centurys rural England marriage was a womans chief aim both financially and socially Financially because of womens dependent position marriage was the only honourable position infinitely preferable to the dependence of precarious shabby-genteel spinsterhood Money was therefore a very significant aspect of Austens society especially when marriage was concerned A single man of large fortune was naturally considered as a nice thing for the unmarried girls Partners were chosen for what might now seem unemotional reasons fortune and connections similar to but preferably better than ones own By representing a series of marriages Austen in this novel unearths and elucidates different aspects of the role of marriage money and love in her society Austen was a realist and painted her time as they were In this novel love and money-based Darcy-Elizabeth marriage is the most successful one whereas the marriage of Elizabeths parents Mr and Mrs Bennet is one of the faulty ones Mr Bennet married his wife being captivated and tempted by her youth beauty and physical appearance He forgot that the first appeal of a pretty face does not last long unless serenity of mind and sweetness of temper provide more enduring powers of attraction Moreover Mrs Bennet inherited no property So form every point of view this marriage is a failure Mr Bennet therefore always has to endure her weak understanding vulgarity to such and extreme degree that he has nothing to revel in except confining himself to his library all the day and thus eluding the necessary rituals of family and society Charlottes loveless matrimony for financial security with the pompous Collins is another interesting marriage Being twenty-seven and plain looking and realizing that it is her last chance she accepts the grotesque Mr Collins to whom the role
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