Granby - Bartering for Marriage Paper

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1 Tu Claire Tu Richstad English 88M 30 April 2010 Granby – Bartering for Marriage The element of bartering is always included within the realm of marriage. Whether the marriage is for wealth, political power, or gratitude, some form of exchange is always present. In ’s’ Granby , Thomas Henry Lister claims marriage is an institution of significance because it heavily influences both partners’ lives. The novel implies through the text that marriage would ideally be based on the love between two people, Caroline and Granby. Unfortunately, the matter seems quite complicated as it can easily be influenced by superficial intentions. Within Granby , Lister emphasizes how marriage can easily be bartered for wealth, power, and gratitude. Wealth plays a significant role in marriage because one without affluence will find difficulty in finding a matrimonial partner. The novel illustrates the bartering of wealth for marriage through Trebeck’s desire to marry Caroline. Mr. Trebeck proposes to Caroline because he is under the impression that she is “a considerable heiress, well-born, and well-connected” (v1, 206). Caroline, being the novel’s ideal woman, refuses Trebeck’s proposal as it would be a marriage with misguided intentions of wealth. Lister continues the theme of bartering wealth for marriage through the protagonist, Henry Granby, who was previously considered unfit for marrying Caroline. After receiving his inheritance from the late Lord Malton, Henry realizes that
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