The first line of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” is quite the hilarious one in today’s world. It is “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”. This illustrates a fundamental understanding of how her society worked. Jane Austen wrote in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
During this time, it was expected that a woman would marry within or above her social class. Although a man marrying down in terms of social class was looked down upon, it did happen. “Pride and Prejudice” was a way for her to make fun of all the societal rules overlooking marriage, but it is seen today as a classic that cannot be overlooked. Most people know the story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. It has been adapted into television series and movies over and over.