Jane Austen 's Pride And Prejudice Essay
Prejudice. From the moment they met, Darcy and Elizabeth had to overcome numerous obstacles for their relationship to thrive. To fully appreciate Austen’s portrait of romance in her novel the reader must study her portrayal of the lasting effects of first impressions, how “pride and prejudice” are words perfectly fit for the novel’s title, and how the relationships of the main characters with their friends and families influence the overall story.
Elizabeth’s first interactions with Darcy gave her a poor impression of his character. She first met Darcy at the Meryton Ball, where she observed he interacted only within his personal social circle. From this, she chose to believe his actions meant he was not only rude and conceited, but was based on his disdain for the people of her lower socioeconomic status. Her opinion was further solidified in her mind when she overheard a conversation between Darcy and
Bingley relating to her, as to the former said, “She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me; I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men” (Austen 11). Later in the novel, while Elizabeth is visiting her sister at Netherfield she became engaged…