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Pride & Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice - Lacey Baker English 283 March...

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Lacey Baker English 283 March 2007 Lacey Baker “Dammit sir, it's your duty to get married. You can't be always living for pleasure.” –Oscar Wilde To old-fashioned minds, marriage is a sanctified ceremony, and within its title includes security, longevity, and an everlasting promise to always stay faithful and together. Sometimes, other factors can change the purity of this ritual: financial stability, unhappiness with a current lifestyle, and even lust are examples. In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice , there are instances of all of the qualities mentioned previously, seated within the four marriages that occur throughout the story. The following will compare and contrast the marriages that transpire within the novel and expose the qualities therein. First off, the main focus of the novel is the relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Of course, after their original distaste for each other, they slowly, unwittingly fall in love. This relationship is most likely Jane Austen’s model idea of a successful relationship, because the two are of equal intellect, have high morals and are very independent. “Elizabeth, still more affected, was earnest and solemn in her reply; and at length, by repeated assurances that Mr. Darcy was really the object of her choice, by explaining the gradual change which her estimation of him had undergone, relating her absolute certainty that his affection was not the work of a day, but had stood the test of many months suspense, and enumerating with energy all his good qualities, she did conquer her father’s incredulity…” (Austen 356)
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Lacey Baker English 283 March 2007 The previous statement is an affirmation of Elizabeth’s unyielding manner in which she is committed to her love. It also reveals the amount of time it took her to fall so completely in love with Darcy. The longevity of the couple’s quest for love helps in their final nuptials, and is an example of the strength and power of their connection. It is a complementary relationship; where Darcy falls short, Elizabeth picks up and vice versa. Elizabeth basically demands respect, and a man like Darcy can do nothing with his
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