The first sentence of the novel is read literally

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the use of words expressing something other than or opposite of the literal meaning. The first sentence of the novel is read literally meaning that "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." or “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 encapsulated the ambitions of the empty headed Mrs. Bennet and her desire to find a good match for each of her five daughters .“The business of her life was to get her daughters married, its solace was visiting and news.” 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
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Nguyen Thi Tuoi ID: 1517710183 Mrs. Bui Thi Quynh Giao, MBA June,03, 2018 Literature Assignment 2 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 transaction undertaken in self-interest.
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