Discuss Jane Austen’s presentation of the theme of love

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Austen shows that marriage was not an act of love for most people but seen as a way of surviving, a high rank and a decent place in society.

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Discuss Jane Austens presentation of the theme of love and marriage in Pride and Prejudice. Austen shows that marriage was not an act of love for most people but seen as a way of surviving, a high rank and a decent place in society. It shows that women only married for wealth and stability and men married for companionship and comfort. But not all men and women married for these reasons. Jane Austens shows that The only honourable provision for a well educated young women of small fortune. This was the only way to prevent women from spending their life as a spinster or the dependence on their family, which will not be able to support her. But in the Bennets case their house will no longer be theirs on the death of their father. A good marriage in the regency era would seal a social contract between people and a comfortable lifestyle also a financial provision for the future. This was linked with the patriarchal society in which women had no access to property, voting, and rights and was at the mercy of patrons, guardians and husbands. This shows how women were dependant on men and men were therefore seen as more dominant. It is evident in the text, But the fact is, that being as I am, to inherit this estate after the death of your honoured father. This shows that the property will belong to Mr Collins. Many estates of fortunes were entailed like Mr Bennets estate. This meant that the estate could be passed to male relatives. Alt

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