Essay about Pride And Prejudice By Jane Austen

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Winston Churchill once said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
In Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, she establishes the idea that people can change for the better. By changing, one can improve themselves as a person. Elizabeth is the second oldest among the sisters in the Bennet family. Throughout Pride and Prejudice, Austen shows the most growth and change in Elizabeth’s character from her learning from her misjudgements of people and from her growth in courage. At the beginning of the novel, Elizabeth shows no courage. She did not have the ability to defend herself. At the ball, Bingley, a wealthy and handsome bachelor tells Darcy, his best friend and also a wealthy bachelor, to find someone to dance with. He advises him to dance with Elizabeth. Darcy is surprised and replies with, “‘Which do you mean?’ and turning round, he looked for a moment at Elizabeth, till catching her eye, he withdrew his own and coldly said, ‘She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me.’ Mr. Bingley followed his advice. Mr. Darcy walked off; and Elizabeth remained with no very cordial feelings towards him” (20). This shows how Darcy already puts a bad impression on Elizabeth at the start of the novel. Though Elizabeth is offended, she does not defend herself and…

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