Pride And Prejudice By Jane Austen Essay
AP English Literature and Composition—4
28 January 2016
Pride and Prejudice Essay
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, published in 1813, satirizes the societal norms of European society and its effect on marriage.
Mr. and Mrs. Bennett live in Longbourn with their five daughters: Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Catherine, and Lydia. Upon hearing news that a young, handsome, and rich bachelor, Mr. Bingley, is coming to town, the women in town go crazy. Mrs. Bennett in particular becomes infatuated with Mr. Bingley, and is determined to get one of her daughters, Jane, married to him. Soon after, there is a ball, to which Mr. Bingley brings his sisters, brother-in-law, and Mr. Darcy. At the ball, Bingley takes a profound interest in Jane, and Darcy’s remarks and mannerisms deem him as arrogant and rude. When Elizabeth asks him to dance, he declines.
Gradually, Jane and Bingley grow closer, as do Elizabeth and Darcy. Mrs. Bennett continues to interfere in Jane’s life by forcing her to stay as long as possible at the Bingley Residence. A self-obsessed bachelor, Mr. Collins, comes to town and tries to woo Elizabeth. When he asks for her hand in marriage, she instantly rejects him. Wickham, a handsome but cunning militia officer tries to woo and poison Elizabeth’s mind by saying Darcy is cruel. Charlotte, Elizabeth’s friend, marries Collins for money and financial stability. Darcy proposes to Elizabeth, but she refuses him, thinking he is a terrible…