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Pride and Prejudice is not only a love story of marriage among the rural gentry in England at the start of the 19th century Jane Austen was born in 1775 in Hampshire Her father was a vicar and she had six brothers and a sister At the age of sixteen she started writing humorous novels In 1813 she published Pride and Prejudice She never got married and she died in 1817 at the age of forty-two Jane Austen thought that the situation that should be written about is two or three families living together in a country village She never wrote about environments she did not know about and only wrote about gentry like herself That is why the characters in Pride and Prejudice are middle class people like landowners vicars and officers She does not mention servants much Marriage in Jane Austens society marriage is the status all the women strive to achieve Money and looks are essential for a good marriage youthfulness also counts If a woman never got married because of lacking money or looks she would go and live with a married sister or brother If she did not have any brothers or sisters to live with she would become a governess Pride and Prejudicesfirst sentence It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife introduces the theme of marriage and money in an ironic way Jane Austen starts off using intellectual sounding words to introduce the hunt for a rich husband The sentence contains a mixture of comedy humour and irony that will continue throughout the novel In Pride and Prejudice we see two established marriages the Bennets and the Gardiners Throughout the novel four other marriages take place Lydia with Wickham Charlotte with Mr Collins Elizabeth with Darcy and Jane with Bingley Mr and Mrs Bennet have
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