On Marriage in Eighteenth-century England From Two English Novels

  • Luyan Zhang Henan University of Urban Construction
Keywords: English news, eighteenth-century England, The Vicar of Wakefield, Sense and Sensibility, Social Status


Both The Vicar of Wakefield and Sense and Sensibility deal with marriages in eighteenth-century England. This paper discusses the situation of marriage in that period reflected in these two literature works. It also explores people’s general ideas and attitudes towards marriage, especially the marriage of women of lower social status. By analyzing the marriages demonstrated in these two novels the author made a conclusion that the primary purpose of marriage of the 18th century was financial gain, and that marriage for women at that time was a necessity rather than a choice.