Show MoreLiterary Analysis of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The novel Pride and Prejudice, is a romantic comedy, by Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice is a story about an unlikely pair who go through many obstacles before finally coming together. Pride is the opinion of oneself and prejudice is how one person feels others perceive them. The novel, Pride and Prejudice, uses plot, the characters of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet, and the status of women and social standing, to portray the theme of the novel - pride and prejudice.
The plot of the novel follows traditional plot guidelines; although there are many small conflicts, there is one central conflict that sets the scene for the novel. The novel is about an…show more content…
Wickham’s regiment is located. The next letter the Bennet’s receive, from their uncle, Mr. Gardiner, brings word of Lydia’s marriage to Mr. Wickham. The Bennet’s are disgusted that they eloped. During the course of the remainder of the novel, Mr. Darcy, talks to Mr. Bingley and explains his negative feelings for Mr. Bingley’s relationship with Jane, were incorrect, Jane did love. Mr. Bingley then proposes to Jane. Elizabeth realizes her true feelings for Mr. Darcy and accepts his proposal. The novel ends with all the conflicts resolved. The novel best illustrates examples of pride and prejudice through the main characters, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet.
Mr. Darcy, one of the main characters, is the perfect example of pride in the novel. His pride is very obvious. It is in his nature, mannerisms, and in his speech. Darcy has such a high opinion of himself, he does not care that his actions, may result in others think less of him. He best illustrates this quality towards the beginning of the novel. "… and Turing round, he looked for a moment at Elizabeth, till catching her eye, he withdrew his own and coldly said, ‘she is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies slighted by other men…’" Darcy said this with every intention of Elizabeth overhearing; and this did not bother him, for he is using this as an advantage to bring himself above her; making him feel proud about
Critical Analysis Of Pride And Prejudice
Mr. Darcy's prejudice is strongly rooted in him, but Elizabeth is able to break down some of his distaste for her, which eventually causes him to fall in love with her. Mr. Darcy, towards those he considers of lower status and regard, he is an aloof, condescending man. He holds the stupidity and silly behavior of the Bennet family with great contempt, all except for Elizabeth and Jane. Jane gains his respect, because she is a proper, civil lady, but Elizabeth has a greater affect on his prejudice. She is not afraid of Mr. Darcy and demonstrates her equal intelligence through her wit battles with Mr. Darcy. He enjoys these qualities and grows feelings for her. When he then proposes to her she rejects him. This causes him to rethink his prejudices. He is forced to look at himself as the pompous, conceited man he has acted and correct his behavior. He is willing to disregard his disgust of the Bennets for Elizabeth's sake. He pays for debt caused by Wickham on the Bennet family, in order to please Elizabeth. Mr. Darcy's prejudice of others changes due to his affection for Elizabeth.
Elizabeth's prejudice has its own evolution. After Elizabeth's pride is damaged by the insults of Mr. Darcy in their first meetings, she has a continued detestation for Mr. Darcy. She refuses to accept any compliment attributed to Mr. Darcy as true to his character. She is very adamant in her determination to dislike him. Mr. Wickham is able to dupe Elizabeth and convince her even more of the bad nature of Mr. Darcy just because of this. Elizabeth also has a rude awakening of her prejudice towards Mr. Darcy. In the letter he writes to her explaining the accusations she made of him, she is corrected in her facts about him. She finds him to be a respectable, generous man who only acted for the good of his friend. Every moment she is with him from then after her opinion of him changes. She sees the true Darcy and starts to admire him and then falls in love with him. Her prejudice undergoes a change from contempt to love.
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