Elizabeth thinks Darcy's a callous jerk; he thinks she’s a gold-digger. You know these two are just MFEO.
|19th-Century Literature||19th-Century British Literature|
|Author||Austen - Jane Austen|
|British Literature||19th-Century British Literature|
Language and Communication
Lies and Deceit
Society and Class
Women and Femininity
So, if she was so independent. . . . . .why did she cave and marry Darcy?
Was it because she was in looovvve? Once she and Darcy got through all that messy
miscommunication. . . . . .she probably thought they had a good
shot at a marriage of equals. . . . . .even if he did majorly diss her at that
party. And if a little romance wasn't reason enough,.
. . . . .let's not forget her family's situation.
The Bennets were broke. . . . . .and Darcy had a boatload of cash and
a sweet place to live. Maybe she was just being a dutiful daughter.
Marrying into money and privilege to lift her family out of their financial woes...
Was it really her fault that marrying Darcy would make her life easier?
And it was the 19th Century, by the way. Women didn't have a lot of options.
Internet dating wouldn't come around for another hundred years or so.
Marriage was something expected of a woman. It wasn't about love so much as forming unions
between families, and moving up in the world. Even royalty would use marriage as a way to
form alliances with other kingdoms. After all, a princesses was expected to marry
a prince... it was her duty. Even if he was a little less than charming.
So, why did Elizabeth and Darcy get hitched? Was it all about the love. . .
. . .a great opportunity to help her struggling family. . .
. . .or was she just doing what a woman was expected to do?
Shmoop amongst yourselves