Compare and contrast in detail the male and female attitudes towards marriage in Pride and Prejudice.

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We could analyze this from a very broad perspective by simply adhering to the first sentence in the novel, which is given by the narrator:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

However, as universally acknowledged as this truth may be, the reality is that the characters in the novel have their own views of marriage.

The male and female attitudes about marriage vary from character to character in the novel Pride and Prejudice. Austen develops her characters quite profoundly, so it would be erroneous to assume that all males and all females feel the same way about marriage based on their gender alone. To get more detailed view of how marriage is treated in the novel, look for the book by Hazel Jones Jane Austen and Marriage (2009) where the author explains all that was wrong in Austen's Regency marriages.

Since we cannot just categorize all characters under one same opinion of marriage, let's focus on some of the...

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