Jane Austen 's Pride And Prejudice Essay

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A significant feature of Jane Austen’s novel, “Pride and Prejudice” is the utilization of letters, which were the prevalent form of communication in the nineteenth century. There is a total of twenty one letters, extracted in part or in full, included in the text as well as many other instances where letters or letter writing are mentioned. Letters are used as a dramatic device in the novel to further the plot, reveal character and avail in the exposition of theme in Jane Austen 's novel “Pride and Prejudice.” Through the utilization of letters, and conversations about letters, Austen engenders a sense of immediacy to the plot. An invitation to Netherfield, and a letter declaring a visit from Mr. Collins, causes a flurry in a household of unmarried daughters and their solicitous mother. Further letters boost the exhilaration as word arrives that the Bingleys are leaving for London and, later that Lydia has eloped. However, the climax in “Pride and Prejudice” is Darcy’s letter to Elizabeth, “a faithful narrative of every event in which we have been concerned together”, (Austen 133) where two major points of dispute are resolved. Darcy admits to his component in “detaching” (Austen 132) Bingley from Jane and he enlightens her on the history he shares with Wickham. After the reading of this letter, it is as if walls have fallen and the love story can proceed. Conclusively, the abundance of congratulatory letters substantiates an ecstatic ending. Letters being sent and received…

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