Pride And Prejudice
?It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.? ? Jane Austen
This opening line of Pride and Prejudice could well describe the whole point of her book. With this single short statement, Jane Austen declares a couple of things essential to her novel. She declares one of her major themes: Money and Marriage. She establishes the fact that everyone is in the search for someone to marry; someone that reaches his or her standards economically and socially. It is the pursuit of a perfect husband or wife.
The central theme of Pride and Prejudice is based on the concerns of people in early nineteenth-century country society. One of these concerns is money. Austen could observe the money problems of a middle-class family right in her own home. Her father was an educated man and a gentleman, but his income didnt provide enough for his family. His daughters would not be able to survive if they remained unmarried. The same exact situation that the Bennet?s encounter in the novel. The situation of young women in these times was a critical one. In our time, women have many other
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