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Essay about attitudes and reasons for marriage, based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

At the end of the XVIII century, families with daughters used to be worried about setting good marriages for them. Getting a good husband was the main objective of young ladies at that time. Austen uses the Bennet family of Longbourn to illustrate the good and bad reasons behind marriage. Since they had so many girls to be married, Mrs. Bennet made huge efforts to make her daughters well married. Her husband's estate was entailed to his nephew, Mr. Collins, upon Mr. Bennet's death. So, Mrs. Bennet wanted her daughters to have financial stability in case of their father's death. Women who could not find a husband were often referred to as old maids and lived their whole lives with their parents. It’s possible to understand why Mrs. Bennet did not want this for any of her daughters. The Bennets' marriage was not ideal. Mr. Bennet had married his wife because she was beautiful in her youth and her ability to supply him with children. But her beauty faded and so did their enjoyment of each other, eventually. He enjoyed his time alone in his studies where he could be away from his wife and daughters. Mrs. Bennet enjoyed gossiping about neighbours and finding future husbands for her daughters. Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth's best friend, married Mr. Collins for money. Jane Austen plainly states that Charlotte accepted his proposal for the pure and disinterested desire of an establishment. She was twenty-six years old and her family was beginning to be worried. Charlotte wanted nothing more out of marriage than financial stability and that is what she got. Lydia's marriage to Wickham was simply for romance and lust. For a while, the teenager girl had had her eye on military officers. When Wickham showed her attention she fell in love and then came their…...

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