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Granby Paper - 1 Tu Claire Tu Richstad English 88M 30 April 2010 Granby Barter for Marriage The element of bartering is always included within the

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1 Tu Claire Tu Richstad English 88M 30 April 2010 Granby – Barter for Marriage The element of bartering is always included within the realm of marriage. Whether the marriage is for wealth, political power, gratitude, or love, some form of exchange is always present. In Granby , Thomas Henry Lister highlights marriage as a grave matter because it heavily influences both matrimonial 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 misguided intentions. Within Granby , Lister emphasizes how marriage can easily be bartered for wealth, power, gratitude, or even love. Wealth is a significant reason for marriage, as one without wealth 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 was 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 “aided by wealth and title …
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2 [he may be] successful in renewing [his] acquaintance (v3, 81) with the Jermyns. By examining the text, the narrator approaches the protagonist differently as Henry does not want to barter wealth for marriage; instead, he hoped to use his wealth as a way to reconnect broken ties between the two families. Thus, the contrast between Granby and
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This note was uploaded on 01/22/2012 for the course ENGLISH 88M taught by Professor Richstad during the Spring '10 term at UCLA.

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Granby Paper - 1 Tu Claire Tu Richstad English 88M 30 April 2010 Granby Barter for Marriage The element of bartering is always included within the

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