[2015] 1makenzie: Pride and Prejudice

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[2015] 1makenzie: Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice


Jane Austen

Last Line"Darcy, as well as Elizabeth, really loved [the Gardiners]; and they were both ever sensible of the warmest gratitude towards the persons who, by bringing her into Derbyshire, had been the means of uniting them."This wraps up the novel by vaguely stating that the overcoming of Elizabeth's prejudice and Darcy's pride was able to unite them as an untroubled and content couple.

Literary ElementsIronyIt's ironic how Wickham ends up eloping with Elizabeth's sister, Lydia, after attempting to elope with Darcy's sister, Georgiana, the year before.SymbolismThe Pemberley Estate, at which Darcy lives, symbolizes himself. The bridge in front of his house that Elizabeth crosses symblizes having to come over her prejudices before she can be with Darcy.

ThemesFirst impressions are deceitful.This is seen from Elizabeth's inital observations of Darcy and Wickham. Darcy is believed to be ill-mannered, while Wickham is seen as polite. It is later discovered that Darcy is more respectful and caring than initially thought, and Wickham is a conniving cheat.Social class speaks nothing of a person's character.Mr. Bingley's sisters and Darcy attempt to pull Bingley away from Jane due to her low social class, while Jane is truly a kind and smart woman who Mr.Bingley genuinely loves.

Fitzwilliam DarcyMr.Darcy seems to be a rude, uptight, and ill-mannered man who keeps to himself. Initially seen as a fit contender for marriage, others are turned off by his poor social skills. However, as his feelings develop for Elizabeth, he must overcome his prideful attitude."She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men"(9).

Elizabeth BennetElizabeth is a head-strong girl who has a different take on marriage and what's truly important in society. As the main character, the audience knows her personal views and how they affect her choices throughout the novel. She overcomes her constant "prejudices", as she judges people based on her first impressions of them."I am only resolved to act in that manner, which will, in my own opinion, constitute my happiness, without reference to you, or to any person so wholly unconnected with me"(338).

SettingThe setting is Victorian England in the middle-class neighborhood of Longbourn. During these times, proper manners and customs were exalted in society. Class and status was the most significant factor in marriage. Mrs.Bennet values marriage as the utmost important thing for her daughters to achieve. However, the difference of classes causes conflict in the developing relationships of the Bennet sisters and high-class, affluent men.

Plot SummaryIn Victorian England, the five Bennet sisters aim to find and marry a suitable male. Their mother, Mrs.Bennet, puts a significant amount of pressure on her two eldest daughters, Jane and Elizabeth. While Jane hits it off with a respectable man of high social status, Elizabeth is having trouble with the seemingly prideful and poorly-mannered Mr.Darcy.


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