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Throughout Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice the conflict between reason and emotion is conveyed through the marriage of several different characters In the marriage between Mr and Mrs Bennet it is quite clear that the two have never experienced much love and is done mostly for financial benefit and out of infatuation Similarly the marriage between Charlotte and Mr Collins is done out of convenience but unlike Mr and Mrs Bennet the two do not seem to mind the lack of passion in their relationship However the marriage of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy is a perfect example of matrimony where there is a strong bond of love The unity of Elizabeth and MrDarcy is Austens ideal marriage because of their inherent passion and mutual respect for one another The marriage between Mr and Mrs Bennet demonstrates the struggle amid reason and emotion or lack there of Mrs Bennets motivation in marrying Mr Bennet is knowing that he will be able to provide for her with his wealth Their marriage is extremely dull since the two cannot even communicate with each other Mr Bennet was so odd a mixture of quick parts sarcastic humour reserve and caprice that the experience of three and twenty years had been insufficient to make his wife understand his character Austen 5 In fact Mr Bennet entertains himself with witty comments that Mrs Bennet can never seem to comprehend For example when one of the Bennets daughters Kitty is coughing Mrs Bennet foolishly scolds her and asks to have a little compassion on my nerves Austen 5 Mr Bennet humorously replies by claiming that Kitty has no discretion in her coughs She times them ill Austen 5 While Mrs Bennet married for money it is evident that Mr Bennet chose to marry purely because of Mrs Bennets young and beautiful appearance A reference is made to Mrs Bennets past beauty when Mr Bennet tells of how you are as handsome as
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