Marxist Themes In Pride And Prejudice

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Register to read the introduction… Lady Catherine, who belongs to the aristocratic class, holds to the belief in a social hierarchy which determines one’s fortune and destiny. She believes that her position entitles her to get her own way and she expects "gratitude" from Elizabeth because she invited her to her house and was "kind" enough to meet her, thus she is quite astonished, when Elizabeth contradicts her. Lady Catherine’s snobbish, boastful and haughty mannerism, suitable for aristocracy make Collins act in a servile manner towards her, as she is of a much higher rank than him and he is expected to act in such a way towards his superiors. Later in the text, Lady Catherine is unable to deal with Darcy and Elizabeth’s relationship, because she believed that Darcy’s marriage to a woman of such lower rank will taint the purity of her family’s aristocratic heritage. Clearly the idea of class disparity and the idea of socially “superior” and “inferior” classes are

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