Pride and Prejudice Argumentative Essay

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Pride and Prejudice

Throughout Jane Austen's novels she suggests marriages that are for wealth are more common
as those for love. This idea is revealed in the course of her novels by the examples of
marriages she provides. One example is Willoughby and Miss Sophia Grey in Sense and
Sensibility, married not because of love, but because it was the choice that promised
financial security. Edward's sister, Fanny Dashwood, opposed Lucy Steele and Edward
Ferrars' marriage because Edward came from a wealthy past, which Lucy was not familiar
with. However Austen also illustrates that some marriages occur due to a deep love between
two characters.

Within Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice there are marriages that occur because of strong
passionate love. First the most obvious marriage for love was between Jane Bennett and
Charles Bingley who instantly fell for one another. Although some opposed and actively
tried to keep them apart, the love they had for each other brought them together in the
end. The marriage between Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy, although their
connection started out in a negative light, both finally realized, in their own time how
much they cared for one another thus leading to their marriage. The marriage between Lydia
Bennett and George Wickham, although no love between them existed, the love that Darcy
felt for Elizabeth made him pay off Wickham's debt. In turn this forced Wickham to marry
Lydia to save the Bennett family name. This novel just goes to show how love can conquer

The connection between Jane and Bingley was instantaneous. From when they first saw each
other at the dance they both knew there was something between them. However any
relationship between them was opposed by some because of Jane's financial status. For
example Caroline Bingley acted as if she was fond of Jane only to write her a letter
telling Jane that Darcy was settled in London probably never to return to Hertfordshire
again. She did this because she would have rather seen her brother and Miss. Darcy
together because they both can bring money to the marriage. Even Darcy admits of trying to
keep them apart, as he admits in his letter to Elizabeth "…I had detached Mr. Bingley
from your sister…" (Austen, 2003, p 185). The match between Jane and Bingley was frowned
upon because Bingley came from money and Jane had no money to bring into the marriage.
However Bingley's love for Jane was strong enough to make money seem obsolete. He
eventually makes a deal with Jane's father and proposes to Jane.

The connection between Elizabeth and Darcy took a bit longer to develop. In their initial
meeting Elizabeth frowned upon Darcy because of his pompous manner. As time goes on Darcy
falls for Elizabeth, but Elizabeth still has no feelings for Darcy. Elizabeth is convinced
by Wickham that Darcy is not a person worth Elizabeth's feelings. However he is proven
wrong when Elizabeth visits Darcy's estate and is told by Darcy's help how agreeable of a
man he is. Once the news of Darcy and Elizabeth's feelings for each other starts to spread
there relationship is protested by Lady Catherine when she comes to Elizabeth and asks
"Tell me once and for all, are you engaged to him? I am not. And will you promise me never
to enter into such an engagement?" (Austen, 2003, p 331). Elizabeth of course denies Lady
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