Started by NobleTry, Jun 02, 2006, 08:25 AM
Jane Austin was writing about the critical importance of love in marriage by the very early 19th century.
Her relationships are bound together more by class, than by any indication of affection.
Point 1: Romantic love did not arise in the Medieval period. It existed for centuries before that time.
Point 2: The belief that love is important in marriage did not arise during the 20th century. It existed for centuries before that.
Try reading "Pride and Prejudice."
As far as Shakespeare, the tragedy of "Romeo and Juliet" is that they love each other but cannot obtain their families' permission to marry.... The tragedy emphasizes the importance of romantic love including its role in marriage. (This is not to deny that Shakespeare had many a harsh word for married life.)
Bear in mind, when I emphasize the following two points, that no one is denying the historical roles of practicality and class in marriage.Point 1: Romantic love did not arise in the Medieval period. It existed for centuries before that time.Point 2: The belief that love is important in marriage did not arise during the 20th century. It existed for centuries before that.
it ("Pride and Prejudice") is pretty much nothing but a treatise on how women who behave themselves get the best (by which read richest) husbands.
(When Lady Catherine related to Darcy her conversation with Elizabeth toward the end of the novel, she dwelled) emphatically on every expression of the latter (Elizabeth), which, in her ladyship's apprehension, peculiarly noted her perverseness (emphasis mine)... But, unluckily for her ladyship, its effect had been exactly contrariwise."It taught me to hope," said he (Darcy)
She hates him, she hates him
Elizabeth Bennet puts it "He is a gentleman, I am a gentleman's daughter. Thus far we are equal".
They may claim to love each other, but I see little evidence of it.
It didn't become common practice, using romance and love as a way of arranging marriage, until the 20th century.
suggested that before Eleanor Calvert Custis, the widow of Martha's son Jack, remarry, she should consider:"the family & connexions of the man...the line of conduct he has observed...what prospect there is of his proving kind & affectionate to you..." (emphasis mine)