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by Jane Austen

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What is the final message of Pride and Prejudice leaves, and what is the significance of the final pairings?

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Pride and Prejudice has more than just one message for its readers. That is one reason why this novel continues to be so engaging to so many different readers many years after publication. There is definitely a message about true love winning and conquering all, and we see that in the happily-ever-after ending that Lizzie and Jane get. That's great for them; however, I tend to remember more from novel about how love was secondary to most marriages in that era. Marriage had many political, economic, and social factors wrapped up together, and the power balance was skewed far in favor of the men. The Bennet girls are too upper-class to enter the work place, but they aren't upper-class enough to inherit a substantial amount of money. This forces two options. They have to find a rich man or they become "old maids," saving every possible penny. A message that I've always gotten from this novel is how powerless women really were in that era. I'm glad things worked out for Lizzie and Jane...

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