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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen focuses on many stereotypes of 18 th century love and marriage . However, one of the main focal points that are presented is the determining factors that make a man a “gentleman .” Jane Austen presents numerous men throughout this novel who in some ways have the makings of a gentleman and others who are nothing of the sort . Pride and Prejudice attempts to develop that the ideal gentleman is not someone who has monetary value, but instead someone who is in it for true love . First, let us focus on the times in which Pride and Prejudice is set in order to better understand everything that Jane Austen was attempting to present . Regarding Mrs . Bennet, “Without thinking highly either of men or of matrimony, marriage had always been her object; it was the only honorable provision for well-educated young women of small fortune, and however uncertain of giving happiness, must be their pleasantest preservative from want .” This is a very important statement because it shows that there were very few jobs available to women at the time, at least to the women in the Bennet family because of their status, other than marriage . If we judge this novel by 21 st century standards it seems that it wouldn’t hurt the girls to find a job and then Mrs . Bennet could get rid of the butler, the cook, the two housemaids and the housekeeper if she was worried about having no money . Therefore in the 18 th century, the only appropriate job for paid work open to a gentlewoman, of the class to which the Bennet family belonged, was the job of lady companion or of governess . This is entirely the basis on which Pride and Prejudice is written on .
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Knowing now that the only option for the Bennet girls would be to marry into wealth we can better understand the overall plot of this novel . Mrs . Bennet deeply wants her five daughters to marry as soon as possible so that there can be a guarantee that the estate will be handed down to their eventual husbands and that there is security for the family as far as money goes .
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2008 for the course ENG 105 taught by Professor Pimp during the Spring '08 term at Elmhurst.

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