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The novel Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen contains a great deal of satire used to express Austens attitude toward marriage in the 19th century Austen uses satire to describe various types of marriages and the reasons behind them She makes it clear that marriages are based upon many different factors Austen satirically desribes how marriages can stem from economic reasons sensual pleasures and true love Marriage out of economic compulsion is evidenced by Charlottes marriage to Collins Charlottes reasons for marriage have nothing to do with love or happiness at all Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chanceit is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life Pg 21 The reader can assume that happiness is not a priority for marriage to Charlotte but later on Charlottes true motives for marriage are revealed after accepting Collinss marriage proposal I am not romantic you know I never was I ask only a comfortable home and considering Mr Collinss character connections and situation in life I am convinced that my chance of happiness with him is as fair as most people can boast on entering the marriage state Pg 108 What makes this marriage satirical is that the actions leading up to the Charlottes and Collinss engagement occur quite quickly Right after Elizabeths rejection of MrCol linss purposal he immediately purposes to Charlotte This celerity is evidence of Austens attempt to tell the readers that some marriages have nothing to do with love or happiness and instead they deal with money only There are other marriages that have nothing to do with love or happiness As shown by Lydia and Wickhams engagement some marriages are caused by the seeking of sensual pleasure she Elizabeth was all surprise all astonishment that Wickham should marry a girl whom it was impossible he cold marry for moneybut she was convinced that Lydia
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