Saturday, February 27, 2010

Pride and Prejudice, Marriage and Our Time

In our time, marriage is losing its significant in western countries. Many people are living together out of marriage and even many children are born out of wedlock. This has become a natural part of western life and most probably, in Asian countries, the same thing will take place in the next two or three decades. Still, many people are fan of Jane Austin’s novel Pride and Prejudice. In Pride and Prejudice, the main theme is love and marriage. There is romantic relationship between Jane and Mr Bingley. Mr Darcy also fell in love with Elizabeth and Elizabeth at first rejected him and then fell in love with him. The main goal of these relationships is marriage. If there was no prospect of marriage then the love affair would not take place or continue. This is the reality. So, it is perhaps some odd for many of us to see that even in a country like England, when a survey is done about the best novels, Pride and Prejudice could make it into the second position.
So, it is really confusing to think about the popularity of Pride and Prejudice of Jane Austin when marriage itself is losing its significant. 

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