Pride And Prejudice By Jane Austen Essay

1074 Words Sep 3rd, 2014 5 Pages
The writer and columnist Olivia Fox Cabane once said: “You never get a second chance to make a great first impression. Within a few seconds, with just a glance, people have judged your social and economic level, your level of education, and even your level of success. Within minutes, they 've also decided your levels of intelligence, trustworthiness, competence, friendliness and confidence. Although these evaluations happen in an instant, they can last for years: first impressions are often indelible.” The novel was first titled “first impressions” but then Jane Austen revised the novel and titled it “Pride and prejudice” which perfectly suits the main theme of this endlessly romantic story. Pride is defined as a feeling of honor and self-respect, satisfaction or pleasure taken in one 's own or another 's success or achievements, while prejudice is defined as the act or state of holding unreasonable inflexible judgments or convictions especially towards other people. The traditional view of the book is that Miss Elizabeth stands for prejudice and Mr. Darcy for pride. This seems to be correct since Miss Elizabeth tends to make hasty judgments based on her ego that she is a good observer, and Mr. Darcy’s pride in his social position leads him to scorn anyone else outside his own circle. However Elizabeth claims to be proud when Mr. Darcy refuses to dance with her at the ball and hurts her vanity, when he said that she was not handsome enough to dance with him. There is only…

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