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The Ingredients of Love
Marriage can be defined as the union of two souls who share a strong bond of affection. These two souls share a strong bond as a result of the elements that have being established throughout time regarding to the idea of what it takes to have a happy marriage. The elements that have established the guidelines to a happy marriage are a woman has to be beautiful and lively, a man has to be handsome and competent, and for this man and woman to be very attracted to each other. These elements have being used throughout time through many mediums. However when these elements are compared to those of Victorian England, they are challenge. Although the Victorian Age brought change, prosperity, sensibilities and national self-confidence for Britain, the idea of marriage remained the same. Marriage in Victorian England was used as a tool to gain wealth or to move up in the English social class ladder; love was not involved in any aspect.
Many citizens were upheld about this custom and through the use of writing they were able to give their inputs. Authors such as Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and Walter Scott used their novels to criticize the idea of marriage in Victorian England. Through the use of their characters' relationships in their novels, such as Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Ivanhoe, these authors were able to successfully highlight the importance of having the element of love to create a happy marriage and to heighten the idea that marriage without love could never work.
Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. She used her novels as a medium...