Marriage in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Marriage then, ideally is a love match, and still ideally, more is
involved- the character and fortune of the lover
“Marriage then, ideally is a love match, and still ideally, more is
involved- the character and fortune of the lover.”
Jane Austen made this quote when she was describing her idea of a
perfect marriage. Her quote shows us that she knows that not all
marriages will turn out like she would want them to, but she has an
idea on what a marriage should be. The term ‘ideally’ means that it
should be perfect and her ambition is very strong in what a marriage
should turn out like, however her ...view middle of the document...
She then became a social out cast and could never marry
again. She obviously felt very bitter about this and decided to view
this in the books she wrote.
One couple, which fit Jane Austen’s quote perfectly, are Elizabeth and
Darcy. However their relationship did not start out very well and were
very critical of each other. The first signs of this is when Elizabeth
criticizes Mr Darcy’s pride and how he is very confident, she says “
and I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”
The tone of this quote is very critical and has no room for her to
forgive Mr Darcy. When she uses the word mortified this shows us that
she is not just upset by his criticism but she cannot forgive it as it
has left a huge mark on his character. When she uses the word easily,
this shows us that she can easily forgive him if he had shown the
right attitude and acceptance. This shows us that Elizabeth thinks he
is too confident and if he had of been kinder maybe Elizabeth would
have liked him form the start and they would not of had to go through
all the awkward times which followed them later in the story. Later on
in the story Darcy begins to fall in love with Elizabeth and then
makes excuses to hide his feelings. This is shown when he stares at
her after she leaves Mr Bingley’s and when is asked on her feelings
for Elizabeth he replies criticizing her and then changes the subject.
After a while they do begin to fall in love and it becomes clearer
that Darcy is in love with her more then she is. This is shown in the
text when it says, “ was a very long time since he had the pleasure of
seeing her.” This shows us that he falls in love with her very quickly
and that she likes the pleasure of seeing her. It also shows us that
he cannot stand being away from her for a long time and when he does
see her, he has great pleasure in doing so. However Elizabeth soon
falls in love with Darcy quickly after seeing Pemberly when she says,
“to be mistress of Pemberly won’t be too bad at all.” This shows us
that Darcy has slowly began to show his more admiring parts and what a
man he can truly be and by seeing Pemberly it makes her fall in love
with him more and she cannot bare to be with anyone else but him.
In light of Jane Austen’s quote, they do have a love match and have
grown to love each other in the time they have got to know each other.
Darcy has a good fortune and they have financial security. Their
characters are very different which will help them as they will not
get bored of each other and will always have something to talk about.
Elizabeth and Darcy are a good couple and in Jane Austen’s quote they
fit it perfectly. This marriage is a big step forward for Elizabeth as
this moves her up the social status ladder, which is a big step
forward for her.
However not all of the marriages...