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pride and prejudice

Elizabeth Bennet is no different from Charlotte Lucas in Pride and Prejudice because she, too, marries for security andprestige. Support your answer....


I would challenge the premise that Elizabeth and Charlotte marry for the same reason.  By the time that Elizabeth wants and desires to marry Darcy, she could easily have remained single because Jane and Mr. Bingley have made up and Lydia is married off. These two marriages would have satisfied Mrs. Bennet--at least for a while. Even though Lydia's situation is not enviable, Mrs. Bennet foolishly views it as an achievement on her part, and Jane's very suitable soon-to-be match with Mr. Bingley offers the family security and status--something that Elizabeth no longer needs to try to provide.  Thus, when Elizabeth realizes that she misjudged Mr. Darcy and that she truly cares for him, there is no compelling social reason for her to marry him. She marries him because she loves him.  Yes, he brings significant prestige and wealth to the marriage, but Austen characterizes Lizzy as someone who is not particularly interested in either social element.

In contrast, Charlotte readily admits that she is marrying George Collins because she does not think that she will receive a better proposal and because she feels a duty to find security for herself outside of her father's home.  Charlotte's decision to marry is similar to Elizabeth's in that she does not seem to be interested in social prestige.  She knows that Mr. Collins is a pawn for the Lady Catherine and that most who meet him find him to be silly.  However, she explains to Lizzy that she is marrying him because there are few options for financial security available to women such as she.

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