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She encourages him to garden as much as possible. She arranges for him to have the nicer room for his personal use, to discourage him from being too often in hers. She does not mock him or criticise him, with only a faint blush revealing that she is embarrassed by his crassness.

Charlotte would never capture a Darcy, or a Bingley, even if such men were thicker on the ground. She made a choice which hurt no one other than herself. She needs to get over herself and build bridges with Charlotte. A few girly weekends in Bath would be great for them both. Heaven knows she can afford it now. Novels by Mary Rizza. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.


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To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Cookie Policy. Collins inhabits a very different station in society than the women of the novel. He already has a career and is stable and provided for very well. Marriage is not as necessary for men in this world as it is for women. His treatment of marriage as a career move, without any thought to how complimentary or gratifying a match might be, is so odious because it makes light of the reality of marriages of necessity for women.

Her determination to get her daughters suitably married is in fact a determination to provide for them; she can do no better within the restrictions of her society. This is more critical of the culture than of her intellect. She is working within a system that may not be fair, but it is the world she lives in. Similarly, Charlotte does the same thing for herself. Her characterization, although not romanticized or idealized, is positive and flattering.

She reflects the best possible reality for many women at the time. However, Austen influences our perceptions of matrimony by using the narrative voice with devices such as irony, word choice, and free indirect discourse. The narrative voice in this novel is typically ironic rather than serious. This tone betrays the cynical view that the narrator has of marriage. For example, before Mr. Although the tone of the novel is overwhelmingly ironic, there are times when marriage is spoken of in more straightforward and serious terms. The narrator uses unique word choice to reveal the serious nature of marriage.

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When Mr. This concept of marriage being a risky venture recurs throughout the story. In these instances, the narrator uses serious and straightforward language to describe the nature of matrimony. As previously discussed, Charlotte is a positive character in the story and she can at times be a mask the narrator uses to divulge her own opinions.

It is almost as if the narrator is reflecting with Charlotte when Austen writes:. Collins to be sure was neither sensible nor agreeable; his society was irksome, and his attachment to her must be imaginary. But still he would be her husband. This preservative she had now obtained; and at the age of twenty-seven, without having ever been handsome, she felt all the good luck of it. Of course, Elizabeth gets the idealized ending with the man who is rich, respectable, and loves her.

On the other hand, Charlotte gets the realistic ending. A wedding is not always the heart-warming event some like to imagine, since a wedding at times simply begins a business deal. Pride and Prejudice is inundated with criticism toward the realities of marriage. Elizabeth and Darcy are the model couple in the novel, but there are numerous reminders in the other couples that this goal is seldom achieved.

They marry for love, but not everyone has that luxury. Darcy marries Elizabeth because of her merits and his affection for her—instead of marrying to advance his career and economic situation, as Mr. Collins did. Rules in etiquette include smoking, female deportment, the promenade, shaking hands, paying calls, presentation at court and others. Attentive reader can say that Mr Collins has also this acknowledgement. Complaisance, and polite behaviour is great part of his character, but I am not convinced that it was only the politeness, he is also obsequious.

His gentlemanlike behaviour is exaggerated in some situations and also disruptive. They are based on solid principles of courtesy, propriety and, most of all, regard for the feelings of others. Her novels are also educational because they teach readers to be polite in routine situations of the day. Mr Darcy is in higher position than Mr Collins, but according to last mentioned man: he considered the clerical office as equal in point of dignity with the highest rank in the kingdom.

For Mr Darcy it was unexpected interruption and some kind of insolence. Mr Collins put the Bennet family to shame too what make Elizabeth Bennet angry with him. London: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, p. London: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, pp. Her parents were interested in literature and learning. Her father was a rector of the Steventon parish until his retirement and with her mother also ran a small school for boys. She had a lot of flirts, but never something serious.

Almost all of her brothers were members of Militia or Navy. Jane and her sister Cassandra were viewed as old maids. Jane was twenty-five and Cassandra twenty-eight.

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His family and Austen family were friends because Revd Mr George Lefroy was the rector of the parish of Ashe which was near the parish of Deane of which Mr Austen had also become the rector. It is not known how deep was their love but few months later she wrote First Impressions later Pride and Prejudice which is not the product of broken heart. She had got a proposal from one gentleman and firstly she agreed, but later she decided to cancel her consent because of lack of love.

After the death of her father, her new home became Southampton for two years. Then she, her sister and mother moved to the Chawton to help him [her brother] with children. In she wrote the story about two sisters Elinor and Marianne — later Sense and Sensibility. Later she started to write First Impressions in — later known as Pride and Prejudice. Charmouth became the setting for part of the novel Persuasion. Ramsgate was inspiration to Jane Austen too. She started to write Sandition, but she had never finished it.

She wrote only few chapters. Regarding to publishing of her novels, all of them were published in London. By the early nineteenth century some 90 per cent of all new British books were published in the capital. As a proof, how many fans Jane Austen had and still has and how they love her, is a cult of Jane Austen. Readers want to show that their hearts belong to her and her heart belongs to them. Austen-Leigh and thus the first text to supply a sense 37 Poplawski, Paul.

However, from the beginning of the story it is not known who the main protagonist is. Also some readers can polemize that Jane Bennet is another main protagonist, but there are no reasonable exclamations. Back to the point, why Pride and Prejudice and Elizabeth Bennet are favourite ones for the author? The main reason is that this story is something like a description of her family and life, but with better ending. It is a comedy of manners and morals. Reader can find here witty and intelligent dialogues, and the sample of life of middle-class family in Regent England.

The second reason is that Elizabeth Bennet is something like an autobiographical character. Here the reader can find a lot of connections with the life of the author which will be discussed later. New York: Infobase Publishing, 47 p. Readers can see it in the last chapter of the novel. Perhaps she wanted to explain or excuse the behaviour of her characters and to show her own opinion, but it is not typical in this kind of novels that author enters into the text.

It is believed that everyone knows what this story is about. It can be also said in different words from my point of view, as a searching for love in the world of prejudices and pride, hate and love, lies and searching for truth, friendship and betrayal, intrigues and sincerity, and foolishness and intelligence. Through the different obstacles and intrigues of people which envy them, both Elizabeth and her older sister Jane find their happiness in the arms of beloved men. Their parents are very happy, that their daughters married rich husbands and their future is financial secured.

What is not included in the novel is the faith of the other Bennet girls. Jane Austen had kept their future in her head. Some modern readers want to have a continuation of the novel, but it will be not very good idea. Every reader has own imagination and own continuation of the novel. It would be a sin, if Austen had written the continuation and damaged imagination of her readers. What Matters in Jane Austen? The attention in this work is on the friendship between Charlotte Lucas and Elizabeth Bennet, and marriage with Mr Collins. These two relations are mutually linked by characters and because of this they are closer discussed in the second part.

By the careful analysis it is seen how these relations are important in evolution of the story and in developing of the main character. Characters are divided according their importance into major characters and manor characters. I will analyze mainly the manor character of the novel — Miss Charlotte Lucas and other characters which influenced her, and which she had impact on them.

Characters are also divided according to their behaviour and character. When their character can be described by one sentence, the character is called flat, and if its character does not develop throughout the story, it is called a static character. When the character of the person is complicated and it is hard to describe, it is called a round character. Dynamic character is a person, whose character is developing in the novel. Reader can see how these characters are developing throughout the story — mainly Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy.

Their characters do not change and also it can be said that they are static. Characters are influenced by the setting which is closely described at the beginning of the thesis. Anderson, Walter E. She had several siblings but she was the eldest. There are a lot of expressions which tell us that Charlotte is not very pretty. Another reason for belief of her un-beauty is that Charlotte is 27 years old woman without any husband.

Her best friend is the main character of the book, Elizabeth Bennet.

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He was honoured by knighthood and he took his family and move to Lucas Lodge near to Meryton. Her mother, Lady Lucas, is a good wife to her husband. I can surely say that Charlotte has many sisters and brothers. Her younger sister, Maria, is cheerful, but foolish girl.

On the advice of Lady de Bourgh he decides to marry. His first possibility was Lady Jane Bennet, but after acknowledgement of her almost— engagement, he is absolutely satisfied with Elizabeth Bennet. Her rejection hurt his pride and he receives attention and care of Miss Lucas.

She is the second daughter of Bennets. Elizabeth is around twenty years old and quite pretty. She is sensible and her ideas about marriage are very romantic. She has one older sister Jane and three younger sisters: Mary, Katherine and Lydia. The last mentioned is very often compared with Charlotte in the way of their characters according to some critics.

They visited each other very often. Her husband, Mr Bennet, is a distant cousin of Mr Collins. Reader has to notice his satirical humour and his character is some kind of refreshment of the story. She is his patroness and neighbour. She is an aunt of Mr Darcy and his younger sister. Her behaviour is accurate for her quite high position. Maybe it seems that Lady Catherine de Bourgh is not important character and it is useless to describe her, but Jane Austen knew why she is the part of the story, and it is appropriate to mention her relationship to Miss Lucas.

In Pride and Prejudice reader can find different types of friendship between characters. First type of friendship is seen in that of Lady Lucas and Mrs Bennet. They used to gossiping about their neighbours, talked about their daughters, and what is the most interesting topic for them is the marriage of their daughters. They are trying to overtake each other. All of the negative aspects of this friendship come from Mrs. They know about their families everything; they know their feelings and minds.

Their friendship had to develop gradually to be as strong as it is. Readers certainly notice that their attitude to love and marriage is different. This different attitude is a big blow for their friendship. Elizabeth cannot overcome that her good friend wanted to marry because of securing her future. This friendship is very important, and the most influential for the whole story. Thanks to their relationship it is seen how big role has Charlotte in Pride and Prejudice.

Without Charlotte, the role of Elizabeth would not be complete. The first reason is that every person in the world has its friend, and it does not matter if it is a man, or animal, and this exact reality creates the character of the person. In our case, it is the character of the main protagonist in the book. The second reason is that Jane Austen wanted to show us all forms of behaviour in relations of Elizabeth Bennet to her family, friend, or unknown people. This friendship is between Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley, but for this work it is not important at all.

The marriage in this novel is seen from different points of view. A lot of critics gave their opinion on this topic, and their opinions are different. The thesis will thoroughly examine both opinions, and throughout the examples and individual parts of book it gives the statement to this topic.

It is also discussed here how Jane Austen perceives the marriage, and how the marriage was perceived in times when author wrote the novel. London: The Athlone Press, p. It happens in the Lucas Lodge during another ball. She was convinced about their common future. One of the first conversations between Charlotte and Mr Collins, her future husband, occurs in Ball at Netherfield, where Charlotte takes on the responsibility of her friend to talk with Mr Collins.

She wants to show him her interest in his topics, and that she is the right one for him. Regarding to this situation, it could be said that this is the first breaking point in their friendship, although, Elizabeth do not know it. In chapter 20, Charlotte comes to visit Bennet family, and she is informed that Mr Collins proposed Elizabeth, and she refused him. Mrs Bennet tries to persuade Charlotte to take her side because all family is against her.

She cannot answer because she is interrupted by coming of Jane and Elizabeth. Anyway, she again tries to convey his attention to her, and she is successful in her work. Back to the point, she again betrays her good friend, but she also saves her from other possible proposals from Mr Collins.

Charlotte pays attention to Mr Collins to gain a proposal to the marriage. Elizabeth thinks that her friend is a victim, but it is not true. Charlotte in this situation tries to care on her interests and her future. Miss Lucas wants to announce her news to 66 Austen, Jane.

London: Penguin Books Ltd, pp. It is difficult because their friendship is very important and very valuable to her. The conversation between Elizabeth and her friend is the same, as it was supposed to be. Elizabeth is surprised and shocked. Charlotte defends herself by explanation of her character and her reasons why she decided, as she decided. After this Elizabeth wishes her all the happiness in the world.

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The reader has to understand that Charlotte is too old to find love in those times, and it is known that she does not believe in love. Her only chance to marry is Mr Collins, and the friendship cannot damage her future. She did not have any offers to marriage, so she had to receive the first offer, which she got. She did not want to be reliant on her family. On the other side, there are opinions of critics, and they are also different, but this topic is discussed later. On the one hand, author gives us the picture of that time when good marriage was more valuable than the good friendship.

On the other hand, she is confused and sad because she knows that her decision would break the relationship between her and Elizabeth. She knows about it, but she has to do it to be relatively happy.


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This is the important point, which changes the whole story, and life of the main character.