Pride and Prejudice-The Different Attitudes to Marriage

Pride and Prejudice-The Different Attitudes to Marriage

Charlotte Lucas and Elizabeth Bennet have very different attitudes towards marriage. This could be to do with the way they were brought up but we are not told this. Mrs Bennet’s main purpose in life is to get her children married. As a result of this Mrs Bennet is doing all she can to set her children up. I think there is a feeling of frustration and embarrassment especially by Elisabeth towards her mother because of this, because she wants to get married at her own pace without her mother pestering her. In the 19th century attitudes towards marriage were very different. Women had to marry in order to have their own household. Miss Charlotte Lucas is an example of this but Lizzy is an anomaly. When Mr Collins proposes to Lizzy the answer is no, I think the reason is no, because she feels very strongly about marrying someone she really loves, this is very unusual in those times as most woman would marry someone that is picked for them in order to gain a highwer finantial status. In the household of the Lucases this is the case, Charlotte understands that she needs to marry because of her financial position in order to gain a better social status. So when Mr Collins proposes she accepts him from the pure and disinterested desire of an establishment. So Lizzy’s and Charlotte’s attitudes are quite different. Another great reason for Mrs Bennet being so desperate about Lizzy accepting Mr Collins is that the house will after Mr Bennet dies be handed down to Mr Collins as he is their closest male relative. If Lizzy accepts him the house will to some extent still belong to the Bennet family. In my opinion, I think that Lizzy was right in refusing Mr Collins because if she does not love him why should she? However, these are the attitudes of this day and age. In the 19th century a woman might be less likely to reject a man, yet Lizzy rejected two offers. However, If Lizzy thought that Mr Wickham was in love with her and she in l…


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