Pride and Prejudice’s’first sentence, ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife,’ introduces the theme of marriage, and money, in an ironic way.
Mr Bennet was so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve and caprice.’ ‘Mrs Bennet is a woman of mean understanding, little information and uncertain temper.’
The couple live in Gracechurch, a street in the City of London. Elizabeth looks up to Mrs Gardiner, not to Mrs Bennet.
Elizabeth is grateful to Charlotte for keeping Mr Collins company. Charlotte is really out to get Mr Collins, ‘its object was nothing less, tan to secure her from any return of Mr Collins addresses, by engaging them towards herself’.
The marriage between Lydia and Wickham was the result of irresponsible behaviour, He took advantage that Lydia wanted to go with him, and made believe he had run away to elope. Wickham finally married Lydia thanks to Darcy. He bribed Wickham and took care of all the financial arrangements. Lydia is an irresponsible, immature girl, who likes to flirt about, and is insensitive to other people’s feelings. ‘She had high animal spirits’, ‘which the attentions of the officers’, ‘had increased into assurance’. She is described as being ‘a stout, well grown girl of fifteen, with a fine complexion and good humoured countenance’. Wickham is an ambitious man. He loves money. He first had tried to elope with Darcy’s sister, Georgina, who inherited 30000. Then he started paying much attention to Miss King, a young lady who had inherited a fortune.
Bingley’s and Jane’s marriage is based on love and rational respect. Darcy and Lizzy’s marriage as well.
Jane Austen says the ideal relationship is Elizabeth and Darcy’s relationship. They have similarities but also differences. They love but mostly respect each other. ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is a love story but does not only reflect the romantic side. It gives you...