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by Jane Austen

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Please comment on the ending or conclusion of Pride and Prejudice. Is it a happy ending?

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The ending is a happy one, at least for the characters who seem to possess the priorities and values that Austen champions. Elizabeth and Jane have married men whom they respect and love—men who respect and love them in return and have large fortunes to boot. We know, then, that the fortune of the entire Bennet family will be secure, even after the passing of the patriarch. "Happy for all her maternal feelings was the day on which Mrs. Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters," Austen writes. Mr. Bennet visits Elizabeth quite a bit, so we can assume his ability to be away from home makes him happy.

"Kitty, to her very material advantage, spent the chief of her time with her two elder sisters," and Mary remained at home, alone, with her parents. However, because "she was no longer...

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The ending of the novel is one that I would consider a happy ending.  Elizabeth and Darcy finally manage to share their true feelings for one another.  Through this they are now able to have a life together which they both desire.  Mr Darcy turns out to be a much better man than Elizabeth could have ever expected.

Mr. and Mrs. Whickham do not have a happy ending, but not all relationships do end happy in real life.  Should every situation have turned out perfect the book would have been too sappy and urealistic.

While Jane does not get the man who broke her heart, she gains a more sensible and caring man as a husband.  I the end she has a better life ahead of her.