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Pride and Prejudice first published in 1813 is Jane Austens most popular novel It tells the story of the Bennet family a genteel family living in rural Britain in the early 19th century The novel explores the social conventions of its time social class and wealth marriage love and of course pride and prejudice Pride and Prejudice discusses all of these themes from Jane Austens point of view and with a doubt she is the main character as all events are seen through her eyes and concern her in one way or another It is through our understandings of her emotions throughout the story that Austen raises the issues that concern her The first chapter begins with It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife This sentence could have better prepared the reader for the rest of the novel From reading this quotation we understand that marriage is a huge part of the plot It is also ironic as we later discover it is not so much the men that are searching for partners as it is Mrs Bennet searching for suitable husbands for her five daughters We are told that marriage was the only honourable provision for well-educated young women of small fortune The Bennet family show the good and the bad reasons behind marriage It would be right to understand that due the position of women in society at the time Mrs Bennet would have felt financial and social pressure to try to get her daughters married as soon as she possibly could The Bennet estate was entailed to Mr Collins meaning that when Mr Bennet passed around the property would rightfully belong to Mr Collins and the Bennet women would be without a home For the most part women would not be able to earn any money without inheriting or marrying into a fortune Women who
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