Importance Of Communication In Pride And Prejudice

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Communication is a vital skill needed in everyday life. It can help you to understand what people around you are feeling and thinking. Likewise, it also means you are free to express your own needs, concerns, views, and ideas. Some forms of communication include talking to one another face to face or letter writing. Talking in person and letter writing have become a lost cause as time progresses; presently, most individuals would rather pick up their phone and send a quick text or e-mail. In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the author tries to reveal the importance of communication through the lost art of letter writing. The novel focuses on the story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy as they realize their love for one another by …show more content…
Collins’s letter unfolds his true personality as he shows his self-praise and condemnation of others in his writing. Mr. Collins, a clergyman who is to inherit the Bennet’s estates after Mr. Bennet dies, is a foolish man that showers everyone with flattery. He feels the need to make a statement about every event that happens around him whether it involves him or not. Consequently, when the clergyman hears news about the incident involving Elizabeth’s sister, Lydia Bennet, and George Wickham, he addresses the matter in a letter sent to the Bennet family. Mr Collins tries to sound sincere and sympathetic in his writing but goes on to speak ill of Lydia and her family. In the closing of the letter, he states, “And this consideration leads me moreover to reflect with augmented satisfaction on a certain event last November, for had it been otherwise, I must have been involved in all your sorrow and disgrace” (225). Here, Mr. Collins wrote how pleased he is that he doesn’t have to take part in the incident involving Lydia and Mr. Wickham. The “certain event last November” Mr. Collins is alluding to was his proposal to Elizabeth Bennet. He reflects with “augmented satisfaction” of how happy he is that Elizabeth turned him down, otherwise he would have been involved in their “sorrow and disgrace”. Through this statement, he presents his self praise as he boasts about his wise decision on not marrying Elizabeth and his criticism towards Lydia as she caused disgrace …show more content…
Conversation, in the form of a letter, gave protection and allowed the characters to say how they really feel. In the example of Mr. Collins’s letter, Austen shows how cynical and rude Mr. Collins could actually be. When Mr. Collins met with people in person, all that was to hear were foolish compliments spitfiring out of his mouth. As he wrote his letter about the matter of Lydia and Wickham, however, he didn 't waste a moment to show his deep thoughts of criticism and condemnation. On the other hand, Austen portrays a more positive hidden personality in Mr. Darcy as he expressed his feelings for Elizabeth and his honesty in doing so. His letter gave him more confidence to explain and talk to Elizabeth and show his true character then talking to her in person ever could. When seeing Mr Darcy in person, he seemed more arrogant and proud, but the letter proved that this notion was more false than true. It could be said that Austen is trying to send a message that there 's more to people then you can see on the outside. Deep conversation, in which ever form, could help peel back the layers of people and discover who they really are. It can be hard and difficult to convince people to open up and have confidence in sharing their feelings. In some circumstances, people might wish they never took the time to find

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