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Marriage The Perfect Ending to Pride and Prejudice An individual often finds himself in a conflict with the rules of society Occasionally rebelling is the path to happiness However usually the real path to happiness is through compromise This is the case in the early nineteenth century England setting of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen In the novel Miss Elizabeth Bennet is a lively independent woman whose familys financial situation and whose strong mindedness suggest that she may never marry Mr Darcy is a rigid and proper man who falls in love with Elizabeth despite their differences By the end of the novel Elizabeth and Darcy learn to compromise and in doing so become truly happy In marrying they not only fulfill themselves as individual but also affirm the principle values of society As in many of her novels this marriage at the end of the novel shows us Jane Austens ideal view of marriage as a social institution The novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen gives us the reader a very good idea of how she views marriage as well as society The theme of marriage is set in the very opening sentence of Pride and Prejudice 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 As Norman Sherry points out this is Austens way of implying that a single man in possession of a good fortune is automatically destined to be the object of desire for all unmarried women The statement opens the subject of the romantic novel courtship and marriage The sentence also introduces the issue of what the reasons for marrying are She implies here that many young women marry for money The question the reader must ask himself is does Jane Austen think this is moral Sherry shows us that Austen was not particularly
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