Phantom Limbs

The Five Marriages

In the novel Pride and Prejudice, five couples decide to marry for various reasons. Elizabeth and Darcy unlike the other couples marry for love, while others marry for physical attraction, social status happiness and necessity. Various quotes through out the book show the true meaning of why these couples married each other. Why did each couple marry each other? Which couple married for the rightful reasons?The true meaning for marriage should be love, love that overpasses any obstacle.
Elizabeth and Darcy fall in love for common interest. " 'Miss Eliza Bennet,' said Miss Bingley,'despises cards. She is a great reader and has no pleasure in anything else'" (Austen, 33). Further on in the book Miss Bennet say's "What a delightful library you have at Pemberley, Mr. Darcy!" (Austen, 34). This shows a common interest in Darcy and Elizabeth for books and reading.Common interest strengthens love and gives marriage more of a value. Darcy and Elizabeth portray a marriage which shows attraction of common interest.
Elizabeth and Darcy's love is pure as well. Darcy tells Elizabeth, "In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you" (Austen, 160).Elizabeth talking to Jane say's "Perhaps I did not always love him so well as I do now" (Austen, 311). The love that Darcy and Elizabeth feel for each other is mutual. Therefore Darcy and Elizabeth marry for having common interests and pure love as well.
Jane and Bingley's marriage depended upon mutual attraction and love. This is shown in the beginning of the novel when Bingley thought of her to be the prettiest girl at the ball, and danced with her twice (Austen, 13). This strengthened his attraction towards Jane. Jane's idea of marriage was of someone who loved and re…

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