Pride and Prejudice is based on foreshadowing. "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." This quote is the first line of Pride and Prejudice and it forshadows the patriarchal societal views of Elizabeth Bennet's time and hence the reader gets an overview of the course of the story. What do you think?

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This quote certainly sets the stage for the rest of the book.  We see two sides to this foreshadowing.  The quote explains what the societal norm will be throughout the story.  It also sets the stage for some characters to go against the norm.  We learn fairly quickly that Elizabeth Bennett will not succumb to the typical social norms expected of her.  In fact, many in her family are a little eccentric.  We also see Mr. Darcy who seems an apparent contradiction to this quote.  He certainly does not appear to be hoping to ingratiate himself to women.  Of course, we see how these two particular characters change as the story continues.  Certainly, in this time period, a marriage would have been expected and not to marry would have appeared disastrous.

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Yes, this quote does set the stage for the book.  The book focuses on social class and marriage in Victorian England.  The quote makes you think that somewhere in the story there must be a man who has a lot of money and is looking for a wife.

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