Critical Analysis Of Jane Austen 's ' Pride And Prejudice ' Essay

1391 Words Nov 24th, 2015 6 Pages
Critical Analysis
Jane Austen is widely known for her amazing works of literature. Arguably, Jane Austen’s most famous romance novel is Pride and Prejudice. Her drama like stories take the audience to a new world. Critics like Gordon Hirsch and Joe Bray examine the writing styles of authors like Jane Austen.
In Gordon Hirsch’s essay, he writes in a more psychological focus of why and how Jane Austen writes the way she does. He brings in the main characters of Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy and goes in depth of what they actually are. In the novel, Elizabeth is known to have quick judgement among people, and that judgement goes to Mr. Darcy. He mentions that Elizabeth’s rejection to “his proposal underline the importance of shame in the book”(Hirsch). Hirsch repeatedly uses the work shame to emphasize that the idea of shame is used multiple times in the book in order to prove a point. I agree with Hirsch that shame plays an important role in self-esteem in the affiliations between each of the characters in this novel. Shame has different meanings and contributes with psychological and sociological perceptiveness. Hirsch explains that “shame is a feeling of disgust, displeasure or embarrassment about some quality of the self... it is connected with feelings of low self-esteem”(Hirsch). Connecting back to the novel, he brings up the topic of pride. This counteracts the previous ideas with saying that “pride, identified with positive feelings about the…

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