Essay on Love vs. Society in Pride and Prejudice
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Love vs. Society in Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice explores the English social standards during the early 1800's. It shows the emphasis on marriage, or, namely, whom you marry. This story consists of three marriages. The first is socially based, the second is based on mutual admiration between two people, and the third represents one man's love and fight for a woman. This novel shows how marriage and love can arrest or improve social status and how love overcomes adversity.
The first marriage is that of the youngest Bennet, Miss Lydia. She is imprudent and spontaneous. On a trip to the home of her aunt and uncle, she elopes with Mr. Wickham, a militia man. Mr. Wickham has no intention of marrying her.…show more content…
Jane is Mr. Bingley's obvious favorite. When they meet at a social function, they often enjoy many private conversations. Unfortunately, Miss Bingley has better social expectations for her brother. She pressures the household to quit Netherfield, a small estate, for almost a year. This problem is greatened by one of Mr. Bingley's friends, who discourages him from pursuing Jane Bennet. Mr. Darcy tells Mr. Bingley that Jane has no partiality to him. This is supported by her "manners [which] were open, cheerful, and engaging as ever, but without any symptoms of particular regard"(Austen 264). Upon their return to Netherfield, Mr. Bingley and Jane quickly regress into their previous admiration for Mr. Bingley. Mr. Bingley and Jane court for a few more days, and become engaged.
The most endearing love story in this book is that of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. At their first encounter, a ball held at Netherfield, Mr. Darcy is incredibly shy. He offends most of the community with his standoffish character and proud character, that he quickly becomes detested by the socially acceptable. Elizabeth begins to despise him. Mr. Darcy has a few more meetings with the Bennets before he leaves Netherfield with the Bingleys. During this time he begins to admire her. He meets Elizabeth again at Rosings, the estate where his aunt, Lady de Bourgh, lives and employs Elizabeth's cousin and his wife. After a few encounters in Lady de Bourgh's home, Mr. Darcy can
The Theme of Society in Pride and Prejudice Essay
976 WordsJul 20th, 20114 Pages
Originally written in the late 1700's, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice satirically depicts the universal ideals in Old Regency England, primarily regarding social class. Austen follows the development of an outspoken middle-class British woman, Elizabeth Bennet, as she encounters and overcomes the many social barriers that separate her from her wealthy upper-class neighbors. Throughout the novel, Lizzie must confront society’s class-consciousness, particularly with her family’s growing relationship with the wellborn Bingleys and their friend, Mr. Darcy. It is clear that the author, Jane Austen, intended Pride and Prejudice to be a parody of the Old English society’s extreme emphasis on the social class structure and marriage that is not…show more content…
Lady Catherine’s ludicrousness is most likely taken from her haughty ego, which society has helped create by holding the upper class up on a pedestal. In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen speaks of a world where a person’s, more importantly a woman’s, reputation is a paramount obsession. A woman is made to believe to have to behave in certain ways; stepping outside the social normality makes her open to being banished from mainstream society. A prime example of this is when Lydia gets an invitation to visit and stay with the officers. Of course, Mrs. Bennet, the most obvious, oblivious, loud social conscious creature of Longbourn is all “happy go lucky” when she hears of Lydia’s call. Mr. Bennet who is the most stoic contradictory of Mrs. Bennet is even excited. However, when the news provoking invitation turns into a merciless elopement between Mr. Wickham and Lydia Bennet it sends shockwaves through the Bennet household.
By becoming Wickham’s lover without being married, Lydia clearly places herself outside the social “norm”, and her disgrace threatens the entire Bennet family and their standing in society. The fact that Lydia’s terrible judgment would have condemned the other Bennet sisters to marriage less lives is a ridiculous but accurate tell of the stress put on the hierarchy that is Old English society. This theme also appears in the novel when