Control has many different significances for many different people. To most. nevertheless. this word brings to mind one individual coercing another make his or her will. but other things have control over people every bit good. Sherwood Anderson shows two illustrations of control in Don and Ted. These two characters have jobs created by their hard lives. The other characters’ personalities either aid or impede the kids. making a household with a changeless struggle until one of the characters either alterations. or disappears from the narrative all together.
“Brother Death” by Sherwood Anderson is a short narrative about power. Don and Ted both want to be in control of their life. but different fortunes take that off from them. Ted wants to populate a normal life. but his household prohibits him because of his fatal bosom status. Mary. the lone 1 who understands Ted’s wretchedness. portions a particular bond with him. John Grey. the male parent. has a natural ability to judge cattles and could state how much one weighed merely by looking at it. This makes him successful as a cow man. but his success drives him to invariably force into his neighbor’s. the Aspinwahls. land. John’s 18-year-old boy Don takes after his male parent in about every manner. He has the ability to justice tips. and has won many awards. He besides likes to be in control like his male parent. which creates a power-struggle between the two. Louise. the knowing married woman of John Grey. comes from the Aspinwahl household. Not originally the prettiest Aspinwahl. Louise shocks her household by blooming attractively after her matrimony.
The narrative centres chiefly. nevertheless. on Ted and Don’s problems. Because of Ted’s bosom status. most of the household is over-protective and does non allow him play or hold every bit much merriment as he could. Mary additions Ted’s freedom at one point by standing up to her female parent. After this. Ted can make all the “risky” things that he has ever wanted to make. wish playing in the brook or walking barefoot. Don. on the other manus faces a different state of affairs. He and his male parent are involved in a power-struggle over the household land. They have an statement over control. and when Don loses he runs off for a few yearss. but finally comes back place under his father’s control. At the terminal of the narrative Ted dies. but Mary feels that he was lucky in that he ever knew where he stood. unlike Don. who has to endure a awful life. ne’er being certain of his position in the household.
One of the chief characters in “Brother Death” . Ted. has a large job that influences everything that he does in his life. Ted had “a terrible onslaught of diphtheria” at eight-years-old that resulted in “some sort of bosom disease” at his current age of 11. The household physician told them he would non populate really long. and he might “just drop down dead” at any clip. He did non hold a batch of strength. but cognizing about his short life span made him really “curiously alive” . He enjoys making the hazardous “risky” things his parents prohibit to make. The remainder of his household. with the exclusion of Mary. attempts to maintain him safe by forbiding these hazardous actions. but this lone makes Ted angry. At times he would travel “white and ( tremble ) with anger” . His disease non merely shortens his life well. but besides takes away his right as a kid to hold merriment. until his sister Mary comes to his deliverance.
Mary. apart from the remainder of the household. understands how Ted feels. and because of this. her and Ted portion a alone bond. Fourteen-year-old Mary “was both a kid and a adult adult female. ” Her clip spent with Ted made her more mature. but in a funny manner caused her to maintain her child-like qualities. Mary had to maturate faster to take attention of him. but at the same clip she had to remain a kid to hold fun with him. This state of affairs benefits them both because they could make the hazardous things that they wanted to make and hold merriment. but when they got in problem. Mary’s adulthood helped her cognize what to make. A particular bond formed between the two kids. and without Mary. Ted would non hold his happy life. She rescued him from the atrocious destiny of populating a suffering life.
Anderson straight tells the reader about the two kids. puting aside paragraphs for each of them. She describes what they look like and even gives a small background on them so the reader can acquire a better thought of their personalities. Ted alterations one time during the narrative. with the aid of his sister. Mary. Before this alteration occurred. the household ever made him upset by ne’er allowing him make the things that he wants to make. They invariably watched him and told him to be careful. non allowing him run or play. Mary. seeing the unfairness of this. decided to make something about it. One twenty-four hours. when Ted and Mary got back from swimming in the brook. Louise. their female parent. told Ted he “mustn’t. ” The remainder of her sentence left unexpressed. but however clearly understood. He “mustn’t” make all the unsafe things he does. While Ted left out of choler. Mary stayed her land and argued for her brother. stating Louise she should halt reminding Ted of his unwellness and leave him entirely to make as he pleased. Her statement took Louise by surprise so much that she decides. to Ted’s great joy. to give the kids their freedom. When he dies at the terminal of the narrative. Mary feels he had a happy life. Don. in Mary’s head. had the hardest life of all.
The struggle between Don and his male parent John shows another manner state of affairss in life can hold control over person. Anderson describes Don as about an exact transcript of his male parent in everything from his personality to his expressions. Anderson shows her readers utilizing direct word picture a big immature adult male with great musculuss and a passion to command everything around him. A quiet. successful individual. he stars in “the 4H Club of Virginia county and. even as a chap of nine and ten. won awards at tip judgment. ” He succeeds in about everything that he did. going the esteem of many that lived around the Grey household.
As a adolescent. the male parent won awards for himself. merely as Don does now. The impulse to command everything around them creates a struggle between male parent and boy. This job reaches its flood tide when Don grows older and wants to command of the Grey Property. Eventually John and Don have an statement over this. On the exterior. the two argued over a simple thing about whether to cut two trees down or non. but Sherwood Anderson shows her readers a more of import statement that happened at the same clip. an statement over power. This dissension takes topographic point. but the writer writes in duologue the ideas they had. doing the concealed statement more clear. This continues for some clip. until John tells two of the work hands to cut the trees down. Don. cognizing licking when he sees it. threatens to go forth if he does non hold his manner. John continues to state the work hands to cut them down. so Don foliages. When he comes back three yearss subsequently. a alteration occurs in both male parent and boy. Don goes from seeking to set control over his male parent. to recognizing that his clip will come. He becomes more inactive. The male parent decides non to move so harshly towards his boy. and besides comes to the realisation that his boy will one twenty-four hours hold to take over. and John will necessitate to vacate. This alteration loosens some of the tenseness between the two. and in the household every bit good.
In “Brother Death” . Sherwood Anderson creates a household like no other. She has dynamic and inactive characters interacting with one another. Some characters. like Mary and Ted. assist each other find a happier life. while John and Don create a struggle with one another. impeding each other and doing an already hard life worse. The writer creates Louise. the female parent. and Mary. the sister. as inactive characters. while everyone else exhibits dynamic qualities. While Louise does non play an of import portion in the short narrative. Mary has one of the most of import parts. She helps Ted discovery freedom and a happy life. work outing. individual handedly. one of the two struggles in the narrative. The 2nd issue between John and Don finally solves itself. They both put the jobs that they had out in the unfastened and worked on them until the solution to this last statement became evident. Anderson illustrates the power of a household and how different personalities affect people’s lives.
‘The Crucible’ – The Changes Of John And Elizabeth Proctor’s Relationship
In 1956, Miller was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee to admit to signing petitions. This reminded him of the Salem witchcraft trials from two centuries ago, where people were forced to publicly confess and name names. These trials served as the inspiration for his play, The Crucible.
The McCarthyism can be seen as a modern-day version of the witch hunts that took place in the 20th century. In the United States, Senator Joseph McCarthy led a committee with the power to deport people who were deemed a threat to national security. During a period of five to ten years starting around 1945, the U.S. and USSR were involved in a conflict over communism’s expansion. This created fear among Americans about communism spreading. Similar to the Salem trials, this fear caused panic and resulted in many individuals being summoned before the committee for questioning. Those accused often faced long-lasting professional consequences.
Like many playwrights, Miller transformed a historical event into a work of fiction, using evidence and real-life responses to shape his story. However, Miller’s personal involvement in McCarthyism played a crucial role in his writing process. He believed that this experience provided him with unique insight into the emotions of those involved in the Salem witch trials, lending authority to his play. By drawing from his own experiences, Miller turned his play into an allegory.
When Miller testified before the committee in 1956, he never admitted to signing. Despite Miller’s personal doubts, this act of bravery could have led to imprisonment. Some may consider this courageous act as him being a martyr, similar to the character John Proctor in The Crucible. The relationship between John Proctor and his wife Elizabeth is crucial to the play’s main themes. Miller uses John to showcase integrity, and through John and Elizabeth’s bond, he demonstrates his belief in the power of love and its ability to conquer.
Transitioning from the bustling events in Parris’s house in Act 1, we now find ourselves in Act 2 within the tranquil common room of the Proctor’s residence. Though unoccupied, we can hear Elizabeth gently serenading the children, which provides our initial image and impression of her as a tender, kind, and affectionate woman. “Soon after, the door opens and John Proctor makes his entrance.” From a previous scene, we are aware that John commands respect, possesses good manners, and exudes self-assurance. However, it is important to acknowledge that he is not without faults and has committed adultery with Abigail Williams.
We observe that “he is not entirely satisfied” when he samples the contents of the pot, implying that Proctor may be a difficult man to satisfy. Additionally, even before we meet Elizabeth, we already empathize with her.
Although Elizabeth’s suspicion is evident in her question, “what keeps you so late?”, she is also strategically avoiding direct eye contact with John as she stays busy around the room. However, she pauses momentarily to observe his reaction to his meal, indicating a desire to please him. Their conversation about the weather and the farm remains somewhat polite, yet there is a subtle bitterness present. It is clear that something is missing between them, and they do not appear to be comfortable in each other’s presence. The room itself lacks warmth, magnifying the coldness that exists in Elizabeth and John’s relationship.
Despite being too weak to argue, Elizabeth still cannot forgive John for his actions. She “receives” John’s kiss, but he sits back down with a certain disappointment.
The tension between Elizabeth and Proctor intensifies when she encourages him to go to Salem and confess that “it is a fraud.” As they engage in a heated debate, Elizabeth grows more courageous while Proctor becomes angry. It becomes apparent that there is an undisclosed matter at the heart of their argument, with the specific points of disagreement being irrelevant. They are both avoiding a topic they cannot confront, yet they are fully aware of its existence. Nevertheless, these underlying issues must be addressed openly. In this process, Elizabeth discovers that Proctor was alone with Abigail and refuses to let it pass. This revelation becomes the catalyst for both characters finally expressing their repressed emotions. The mounting tension between them reaches its breaking point as all their feelings come pouring out.
John tells Elizabeth that she never forgets and never forgives and that her heart is constantly surrounded by mourning. Proctor asks Elizabeth to occasionally seek the goodness in him and not pass judgement. Miller uses a strong metaphor when Elizabeth replies that there is a magistrate in her heart that judges John. She considers him to be a good man, but John can only judge himself and Elizabeth cannot forgive him until he has forgiven himself internally.
In Act two, the tension between Elizabeth and John is palpable, as their relationship has been irreparably damaged by John’s infidelity with Abigail, an act that cannot be dismissed.
In Act 2, Hale visits the Proctor house to inform them that Elizabeth has been mentioned in the court. Proctor and Elizabeth are already aware of this as their servant, Mary Warren, has told them. Hale questions the “Christian character” of their house, even though their relationship is strained. Elizabeth assists John when he struggles to recall all the commandments, ironically including adultery. This demonstrates Elizabeth’s lingering care for him, which she cannot openly show. Hale views this mistake as a vulnerability in their defense. However, Hale and others who were swept up in the hysteria fail to realize the flawed nature of their approach. Confessing would allow them to live, even though it would be a false admission since there were no actual witches in the community. They would be branded a witch but would survive. On the other hand, if they refused to confess, they would die for telling the truth. Only John and Elizabeth grasp this dilemma at that time.
In the final scene, Elizabeth is accused of “conjuring bad spirits” and is sent to prison, causing an emotional moment as she is separated from her family. John expresses his dedication to bringing her home, proclaiming, “I will bring you home. I will bring you home soon.” He assures Elizabeth that he will fight for her, stating, “I will fall like the ocean on that court. Fear nothing, Elizabeth.” This displays John’s deep love for her. Proctor becomes enraged when he hears the clank of chains and confronts the man responsible, exclaiming, “Damn you man! You will not chain her!” He cannot bear to see Elizabeth suffer because he knows that she is being punished for his own sins. Later in Act 3, when Elizabeth is called to testify, she enters the room in silence. Danforth instructs her to only look at him, not her husband. However, Elizabeth cannot help but gaze at Proctor, suggesting that she has missed him greatly and relies on him to guide her words.
Elizabeth is unaware of what Proctor has revealed to the court, so she informs them that Abigail was dismissed because she had displeased both her and Proctor. When Danforth questions Elizabeth if her husband had actually abandoned her, he reaches out and touches her face. Elizabeth is too shocked to respond. The room falls silent, eagerly anticipating her words. In a faint voice amidst the silence, she finally answers, “No, sir.” In a twist of irony, this marks the first time Elizabeth has ever lied, unknowingly making things worse. Proctor desperately yells, “Elizabeth, I have confessed!” but it is too late. The words have been spoken and the door has closed behind her. Unintentionally, Elizabeth has sealed John’s fate while only intending to preserve his reputation.
In Act 4, a calm atmosphere prevails, accompanied by silence. However, amidst the silence, the sound of dragging chains is heard. Anticipating the arrival of the strong-minded and respected John Proctor from the side of the stage, instead, we are greeted by an unfamiliar figure described as “another man.” Unclean and sporting a beard, he is barely recognizable to both us and Elizabeth. Is this the same man who previously urged us not to be afraid?
With the stage emptied, we now focus on the main protagonists of the play, who are husband and wife. The “emotion flowing between them” is so intense that it captures our attention.
Proctor approaches Elizabeth, stunned by the presence of her. He reaches out to touch her, as if not quite believing she is real. In this intense moment, a soft sound is heard, almost like a sigh of relief that she is truly there. They sit facing each other, unaware of the world spinning around them. These may be their final words, and Proctor asks a simple, gentle question: “What about the child?” Elizabeth responds, “It is growing.” Perhaps the child is their last glimmer of hope.
The current moment is intensely different from their previous encounter, as it has made them realize their true love for each other. Miller has managed to make this initial moment enthralling, with the audience eagerly awaiting their first sounds or words. Through the use of monosyllabic words, the emotions conveyed are heightened, as there is no need for additional words. The actions and tone of Elizabeth and John speak volumes, evoking a profound sense of empathy within us.
Proctor inquires about the boys, and although Elizabeth is on the verge of tears, she admits to him that she has not seen them. However, she manages to suppress her emotions, as it appears imperative for her to remain strong for John.
Elizabeth expresses her concern by asking if he has been tortured. This genuine worry indicates that Elizabeth now cares for him and any bitterness she had previously has vanished.
There is a significant pause in this particular part of the play. The pauses in this scene hold great importance as they create a sense of anticipation. This pause is different from the one we witnessed when Elizabeth and John were first seen together. In this moment, we sense that the pause is meant for Elizabeth and John to cherish this moment together, possibly because it could be their final one.
John Proctor, strong and esteemed, confesses to her, “They are now coming for my life.” This revelation is almost unbelievable.
Elizabeth attempts to console John by saving him from getting too upset when she gently informs him about the death of his friend, Giles. She factually narrates what happened and adds with a smile, “Yes, it was a terrifying man, Giles Corey.”
John pleads with Elizabeth, expressing his desire to make her happy and be with her. He asks her a question, saying “I would confess to them, Elizabeth. (She shows nothing) What say you? If I give them that?”
Elizabeth consistently responds, as she always has, saying “I cannot judge you, John.” This recalls the moment in Act 2 when she stated that he judges himself.
Proctor is desperate for an answer. He tells Elizabeth that his honesty is shattered and he considers himself unworthy. He believes confessing his sins is pointless because he is already a sinner. However, Elizabeth refuses to accept this and forgives him. She points out that he has not confessed until now, which shows that he has goodness within him. She explains that it takes a distant wife to encourage infidelity, implying that her lack of warmth contributed to his actions. It becomes clear that she not only forgives him but also feels partially responsible for his guilt.
“Forgive me John! I never knew such goodness in the world!” Elizabeth pleads with John to recognize the goodness within himself. John, feeling “off the earth” and with a “hollow” voice, cries out, “I want my life!” This marks a sudden shift in roles between John and Elizabeth. John now appears weak and helpless, while Elizabeth displays strength. She admits, “I counted myself so plain, so poorly made,” revealing her vulnerability and humanity. This is a stark contrast to our initial perception of her as a saint-like figure, and signifies a moment of complete honesty for Elizabeth in the play.
In the final images, the ultimate climax occurs. Despite his decision not to confess and destroying his confession, John seals his fate while also acknowledging a remaining goodness within him. Conversely, Elizabeth undergoes intense emotions as she anticipates losing her beloved and never seeing him again, leaving her to raise their two sons alone without a father figure. Nonetheless, if John were to survive, he would be transformed into an unrecognizable shattered individual incapable of finding inner peace.
Elizabeth, filled with fear, rushes to him, unveiling the John Proctor we are familiar with – a confident and self-assured man.
“Show honour now,” he bellows, “demonstrate a heart of stone and drown them with it.”
With intense passion, he kisses her, making us sense the deep love that exists between them and evoking sympathy for both characters. As the protagonists of this play, their love is the victorious force that prevails.
From outside, we hear a drum roll that signals John’s impending death. This startles both Elizabeth and the audience. Amidst all the chaos happening around her, Elizabeth remains still. She remembers the true nature of John Proctor – a kind and compassionate man. Overwhelmed with emotion, she leans against the bars, unable to stand. As the play reaches its climax, we feel a profound empathy for Elizabeth. She exclaims, “He has his goodness now. May God forbid that I take it away from him!”
A new life for Elizabeth is revealed as a drum roll rings out, with the light streaming through the window illuminating her face. Their love has become even more powerful, unshakeable by anyone. Love has prevailed through every obstacle. Furthermore, John has displayed his integrity, much like Miller did many centuries later.
How Does Jane Austen Present The Role Of Women In Pride And Prejudice?
Pride and Prejudice is a light-hearted novel, which picks out particular faults in nineteenth century. It is a unique and inimitable novel at the time when it was first published in 1813. This novel is set firmly in the nineteenth century period. The novel revolves around the choices people make when deciding who to marry and the socially difficult procedure they go through while attempting to find the right man or woman and the difficulties some people have to overcome before they can marry.
The novel was written when society stressed social control over personal pleasure. “Society” at this time was very judgemental; men had to have money, social status and be agreeable; women needed some money, social status, beauty, accomplishments and education. To succeed one had to learn and live by the required status. At the time this novel is set various Endeavours are needed to fulfil a wealthy families daughter.
Theses accomplishments may not be very arduous and challenging to do but they were important for the wealthy girls, as the ‘society’ would not allow them to take up and achieve a profession. Examples of these activities were singing, reading, sewing, riding and knowing how to play music were important for wealthy girls. This novel is based on middle to upper class society where snobbery is common and widespread. This book was unique at the time because it had only just become acceptable and suitable for women to write and publish novels.
Mr. and Mrs. Bennet are a prime example of how superficial marriages were in the early 19th century. Mrs. Bennet’s “youth and beauty” had captivated Mr. Bennet. However, he soon discovered shortly after marrying her, that beneath her good looks there was a woman with very little intelligence or charm. Mr. Bennet was an intellectual man and any affection he had for his wife disappeared when he came to know her personality. “Respect, esteem and confidence had vanished forever and all his views of domestic happiness where overthrown.”
This is a terrible agitation of the shallowness of marriage in the 19th century. His loss of respect leads to his ill treatment of her. This unhappy marriage makes Elizabeth indomitable and determined to marry a man whom she loves and respects.
The key theme in Pride and Prejudice is assembling a good marriage. Many married just to gain status or financial security. Entailment is the restriction of property by limiting the inheritance to the owner’s lineal descendants or to a particular class. It was used to prevent a landed property from being broken up, and from descending in a female line. The law was simply an extension of the practice of leaving the bulk, if not all, of one’s wealth to one’s inheritor, the eldest son. Children had to marry to suit the needs of their parents or themselves. Falling in Love would have been very rare at the time because it is important that you know the background of the person before you could carry on.
As years have gone by the understanding of fellow humans has become more prevailing and contemporary; in the present time single men or women do not see how wealthy a man/woman is or even what class he or she is. As the roles of women have changed so have the roles of marriage, you do not have to see the background of whom you are going to marry financially and socially. You can fall in love with any stranger not knowing their personal status and wealth. It is not a big issue in the present time period.
In this novel the author Jane Austen has employed many characters that have some link in some way to show that marriages should not be just for money and security but they should sometimes be for love. She is supporting the fact that marriages are made in heaven.
Jane Austen understood that there were three different social classes at her time. To be in a certain class or society it had to be determined by the items you own how educated you are, for example, the amount of money you earned every year, you will also need to have a good family background. The richest man in Netherfield was the respected Darcy.
He earns ï¿½10 000 each year and he was with his aunt ‘Lady Catherine de bourgh’ who was an aristocrat. The even better part is that he has an extremely huge fortune that is past down to him by inheritance. Therefore he is a very rich and noble man who is a star attraction to all the ladies. There are many female characters in this novel. One of the female characters is Lady Catherine who is of high standard and she is classed in the group ‘high class’. She certainly has nobility and graciousness.
Following the upper class comes the little less respected ‘middle class’. In this type of class families such as the Bennets and the Lucas family would fit in. People would respect this class but only to a low standard as they had just the right money to afford everyday treats such as food and drink. In whole they had enough money to live with a good social life. They were frequently invited to dinners and balls. This was called the courteous or refined class in other words it would mean the genteel group of people. The class that is the lowest one generally just consisted of servants and shopkeepers. No respect was given to this society of people, even though they were the ones who did all the hard work such as cleaning for the aristocrats and middle classes.
Lady Catherine as “a young woman of inferior birth describes Elizabeth Bennet, our heroine,” whom she thinks is “of no importance in this world.” Austen, however, would seem to disapprove of this attitude.
If a woman remained unmarried she became a burden to her family, and society assumed she was unmarriageable therefore there must be something wrong with her. Therefore finding a man was one of women’s main priorities. It was thought that getting married was the only answer for security and money. The reason for marriage was not always for the reasons of love. As stated before it was only done for money. The Money was to support the women and also their families. This was an acknowledgement of middle class greed.
In the novel Pride and Prejudice quite a few marriages and proposals occur. Two proposals that we learn about are from Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy. Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy both choose to propose to Elizabeth and we find out that she rejects them both.
When both men propose to Elizabeth, she turns them down for an obvious reason – ‘love’. Elizabeth did not feel that she was in love with either of them in fact the thought of marrying Mr. Collins, just made Elizabeth laugh. ‘The idea of Mr. Collins, with all his solemn composure, being run away with by his feelings, made Elizabeth so near laughing….’. This shows how strong willed and determined Elizabeth was and how un-stereotypical she was as she was prepared to reject two decent proposals which both would have been good matches for her.
Elizabeth had always disliked Darcy since they first met as Elizabeth had heard Darcy say: ‘She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me…’; it must have offended her as Darcy was talking about her. Elizabeth also thought Darcy was ‘clever but continually giving offence’. Therefore she would not decide to marry Darcy, as she just did not like him. This tells us that there is an exception to the fact of Pride and prejudice about women only marrying for money and not love and personality. Elizabeth is not a stereotypical woman of that generation. Even though she is living in the nineteenth century, she has a diverse opinion to marriage that only a few philanthropic people understand.
This time period was very backward because marriage was subjugated by ‘society’. As the prosperity and fortune grew in family’s this became very competitive between families and others in society. The role of women was very dreary and tedious, it basically revolved around trying to socialise and basic accomplishments for e.g. sewing, shopping etc. This made life very miserable and hard to live. Men were very important to a woman because they would have tried to fulfil the joy and happiness in a woman. They would try to create a whole new circumstance and plot to her life. From a woman’s perspective, she would have no choice that she was to marry for it would be up to her parent’s to decide. And if the parents had to go man hunting for their daughter, they would only want to find two qualities in a man’ which is wealth and status. Most single woman were not happy because this was a drawback and weakness.
In the end of the day the women had to be in a loss any way, mainly because if any thing went wrong they would not be able to inherit any money. It was not very easy to know where a woman did stand; this had to be determined on her husband. In the novel Mr Bennet announces the arrival of Mr Collins who is set to inherit Mr Bennet’s estate straight after he dies. Having five daughters and no son, Mrs Bennet suspects the worst and is worried that Mr Bennet will die and the Bennets will be left homeless. So she is trying to marry all of her daughters off so none of them will have to live in poverty after Mr and Mrs Bennet died. If Mrs Bennet gets her daughters married off she will be safe. The richest husband of her daughters would give Mrs Bennet a house to live in and some money to pay for her expenses.
A woman would have very little education compared to a man. Men were seen as much more important and their education was seen as being superior to that of a woman’s. Women were also not allowed to go out on their own unaccompanied.
Middle class women such as the Bennet sisters were into sewing, cooking, dancing, buying dresses and gossiping.
Elizabeth is the main character of the novel, and the story traces her changing impressions of other characters throughout the narrative. While at first she finds Wickham charming and Darcy proud, in the end she realizes that she has been blind, and that Darcy is the true gentleman while Wickham is not. Elizabeth reveals a maturity and wisdom beyond that of her parents. She censures her father for not acting responsibly for his children. Her character Is very unique and different for the time. She thinks very ahead and is not backward like the rest of the society. She believes that love is stronger than wealth and status.
Marriage is a contract; Austen believes that a good marriage is a contract of love; a developed understanding of one another’s characters; good disposition; similarity in feeling and taste; affection and attraction; and finally, financial security – enough money to live comfortably. She also believes that bad or unsuccessful marriages are based on irresponsible attitudes, ignorance and lack of reason and judgement; the couple must have self-understanding as well as that of their partner. They must also possess self-respect and have respect for their partner. Austen condemns the marriages that are based on rank and wealth or just physical attraction. Throughout the novel we see characters taking part in many different courtship and marriage situations. We are shown Austen’s varying view of these marriages and her attitude is revealed in her style.