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The Theme of Marriage in Austen’s WorksThe opening line of Pride and Prejudice, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” can be said to be a theme that spans through all of Jane Austen’s works. The idea of marriage as well as the types of marriages that can take place are commonplace in her novels. For many people it is these romantic aspects that make her stories so enjoyable especially when comedy is added. Through her writing, one is able to gain an insight into Austen’s own ideals of marriage. Although happy marriages do take place in Austen’s novels, she herself does not seem to be extremely optimistic about marriage. Not all of the partnerships present in her works are happy. There are cases where couples are paired for the wrong reasons which results in an unhappy union. Examples of this are Willoughby and Sophia Grey in Sense and Sensibility and Mr. Wickham and Lydia Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Austen makes it clear that she believes a