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Symposium: Love and Society in Pride and Prejudice
Happiness: Dependant or Independent of Society?

Jane Austen agues in Pride and Prejudice that true happiness can be achieved but not as society defines it. Austen argues furthermore that instead an individual can only find happiness independent of society. Austen shows this through the moral and psychological consequences of relationships, such as between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth and between Mr. Bingley and Jane. Austen also shows how an individual that is dependent upon society's criteria for happiness fails to find happiness through the relationships between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, Mr. Wickham and Lydia Bennet, and between Mr. Collins and Charlotte.

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