Pride and Prejudice Essay - Sao chép (Autosaved).doc

First sentence of the novel is read literally its

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first sentence of the novel is read literally, it's meaning is "Everyone knows that a single rich man is looking for a wife." However, read ironically, the sentence means something other than its literal meaning: "Everyone knows that a single rich man will be pursued by women who want to be his wife." – a single woman must be in want – of a man with a good fortune.This shows that marriages were more like business deals, for money or shares, and rarely ever for love because most marriages into richer families gave women the chance to be secure in their future life and to improve their status. It also encapsulates the ambitions of the empty headed Mrs. Bennet, and her desire to find a good match for each of her five daughters from the middle-class young men of the family’s acquaintance: “The business of her life was to get her daughters married, its solace was visiting and news.” . Austen also uses irony in the structure of the plot, placing her characters in situations that seem to signify one thing and are later revealed to signify something else.
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Nguyen Thi Tuoi ID: 1517710183 Mrs. Bui Thi Quynh Giao, MBA June,03, 2018 Literature Assignment 2 In the novel, Charlotte agrees to marry Collins solely for her financial security. It is relatively her advancing age that hastens her engagement. Charlotte tries to justify her position by giving argumentative reasons to Elizabeth: “I am not romantic you know, I never was, I ask only a comfortable home”. Thus, to Charlotte, marriage is an economic
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