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In Pride and Prejudice and Great Expectations the theme of courtship is found throughout the novel In Pride and Prejudice Austen depicts courtship through the young Bennet sistersparticularly Elizabeth Bennet and Jane Bennet Similarly in Great Expectations Dickens depicts courtship through Pips search for love and the marriages of Biddy and Joe and Estella and Drummle Austen and Dickens both take on the important concept of courtship and in different ways exemplify the important moral philosophical and social issues that are reveled through courtship In Austens novel the question regarding motives for marriage and circumstances under which people choose a marriage partner arises whereas in Dickens novel infatuation is mistaken for true love and marriages based on companionship prove to result in a happier outcome than those based on social status One of the main themes of Pride and Prejudice is stated in the first sentence of the novel It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife Austen 5 In this statement Austen has cleverly done three things she has declared that the main subject of the novel will be courtship and marriage she has established the humorous tone of the novel by taking a simple subject to elaborate and to speak intelligently of and she has prepared the reader for a chase in the novel of either a husband in search of a wife or a women in pursuit of a husband The first line also defines Janes book as a piece of literature that connects itself to the 18th century period Pride and Prejudice is 18th century because of the emphasis on man in his social environment rather than in his individual conditions David Monaghan notes the use of satire and wit a common form of 18th century literature also contributes to label the book as 18th century Monaghan 15 In the figure of Elizabeth Jane Austen shows
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