At the conclusion of her book, Austen describes Bennett’s sisters’ double wedding. Elizabeth and Jane marry Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley, respectively. She demonstrates how controversial marriage is in this chapter. This is the logical conclusion to her inquiry into this social issue.
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is an example of early progressive thinking. The novel was published in 1813, a few years after the French Revolution. Liberalism was on the rise throughout Europe at the time.
It neglected to consider changing women’s social rank, thus her work is now considered as an early feminist work that questions Regent Era conventions.
The heart of the narrative is its marriage theme, which permeates all of the characters’ storylines. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s relationship, in particular, proves that a woman deserves happiness and love.
Marriage does not have to be about money. That is one more way Austen builds an opposition between Lydia and Elizabeth. The protagonist shows that she loves Mr. Darcy – both to her family and herself – at the end of the story. Only after that does she accept another of his proposals. However, this is just one aspect of the tale.
The Regent Era was rife with double weddings. The ceremony was a money-saving measure taken by the Bennett family. The problem is that the reception is put on the bride’s family to bear. Austen emphasizes the financial side of it by including an economic note as if all of the drama before it wasn’t enough.
Perhaps the most obvious example of this is in Pride and Prejudice, where Elizabeth Bennet’s two weddings are both presented as essential for the plot. However, I’ve always been a little edgy about the double wedding in Pride and Prejudice because it appears to be forced; but I can’t believe Jane Austen would have invented it as a storytelling technique.
So presumably it happened, and just recently I came across a website claiming that double weddings were quite common during the nineteenth century, especially when relatives on both sides were involved. But I lost track of the site, and now Google has denied all involvement with it.
It’s true that Google has no wedding photographs on the site. In fact, it appears as if they can’t make anything about the topic at all, which is an odd state of affairs.
Even though I was able to discover a website that heartily claimed such ceremonies were quite common in England during that period, it offers no evidence to back up this claim other than… a double wedding in Pride and Prejudice! And whenever feasible, I try to avoid such circular discussions.
To begin with, I’m a bit hesitant to discuss this because my youngest brother is still growing up. However, since he’s already in his twenties and has been married for more than six years, I really don’t know what to do if there are any issues. Because of this, I’ll have to stick with ancient methods like books until he grows up. But now that you’ve read it through carefully and thought about it for yourself, might as well share your opinions!