Prejudice Essay On Pride And Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice: Not Just A Novel When you go beyond the surface of a word, you discover that they have more meaning than a mere definition. Two words that prove this to be true are pride and prejudice. After examining their occurrence in many British stories, it is evident that they share a deeper role than just the title of a novel. These words tie the past of Britain to other pieces of literature, both modern and old. They also show connections to the past of the country and how people lived in the 18th century. Along with the country’s history, it is also shown that they pave the way for themes that are obvious in modern British novels. Pride and Prejudice are two characteristics that are evident from the 18th century Britain, many …show more content…
Pride and Prejudice has numerous examples of how prejudices can result in downfalls for characters and a society. One example is of the Bingley sisters’ plot to ruin the marriage between Mr. Bingley and Jane. According to Elizabeth, they “are not rich enough or grand enough for them” and that is why they left Netherfield (Austen 21). Furthermore, the sisters are snobbish and only speak to Jane, diregarding her family because of their social class. This is shown when Austen writes: “To the rest of the family they paid little attention: avoiding Mrs. Bennet as much as possible, saying not much to Elizabeth, and nothing at all to the others. They were soon gone again...hurrying off as if eager to escape from Mrs. Bennet’s civilities” (Austen 17). Their actions display prejudices against social classes were evident. In the novel, it is shown that men had a certain prejudice towards women. When Mr. Bennet passes away, his estate will go to his cousin Mr. Collins because his daughters cannot recieve property. They will have to provide for themselves and not recieve any of their dads inheritance solely because they are female (Brooke 192-193). Prejudices are shown through modern pieces of writing and give the readers insight to the characters ways of …show more content…
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