2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Language & Literature

A Marxist Analysis of the Institution of Marriage in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Nicole L. Ray
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

The "universal truth" in the first sentence of Pride and Prejudice introduces the reader to the preeminent theme of the novel: the importance of marriage. By analyzing the novel from a Marxist perspective, this paper will show the ways in which the marriages in the novel are not solely based on love, but are mainly founded on wealth and social status. My paper will critically analyze the role of economics and social class underpinning the enterprise of courtship and marriage in the novel.

Keywords: Austen, Marxist, economics, courtship, class, marriage, Pride, Prejudice

Topic(s):English

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 9-3
Location: VH 1428
Time: 8:45 am

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