Long ago, she recognized that she was trapped in a social web; rather than ignoring her predicament, she set about understanding it.
Charlotte’s father, Sir William Lucas, was once a tradesman; after becoming the mayor of his town, he was presented with a knighthood. Charlotte, therefore, is too wealthy, educated, and upper-class to marry a working man—that would be a kind of social demotion for her family—but too poor and average-looking to attract a truly wealthy one.
Like many long-time readers of “Pride and Prejudice,” I’ve returned, again and again, to the problem of Charlotte Lucas.
Pretty much everyone in “Pride and Prejudice” gets the spouse they deserve, except for Charlotte.
Ironically, Mrs Bennet's single-minded pursuit to get her daughters married tends to backfire, as her lack of social graces alienates the very people whom she tries desperately to attract.
Austen uses her continually to highlight the necessity of marriage for young women. Bennet also serves as a middle-class counterpoint to such upper-class snobs as Lady Catherine.In the 19th century it was common for women to marry purely for money and for social status, this can be seen in Charlotte's marriage to Collins.Charlotte's marriage to Collins injects a grim note into the comedic presence of Collins' character so far.As time has gone on, though, it’s seemed more and more important to me.Growing older involves making compromises, and I suppose that has something to do with it.She can’t marry up or down—she can only marry sideways. Collins, awful as he is, is actually her social equal.He is stupid and horrible (or “neither sensible nor agreeable,” as Charlotte thinks), but, like Charlotte, he occupies the very lowest rung on the ladder of social respectability.Mr Bennet's extreme sarcasm that is seen throughout the book makes Mrs Bennet For the most part, women could not acquire money on their own without inheriting or marrying into good fortune.Austen promotes gender equality throughout the novel, and considers women's inferior status to be socially unjust.The first instance of marriage seen in the novel is that between Mr and Mrs Bennet.However it is far from perfect, with the couple barely speaking to each other.