Pride And Prejudice By Jane Austen Essay

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"Pride and humility are above all connected with ‘our idea of ourself,’ though that idea is affected by the way others regard us; these emotions are, then, important regulators of human behavior in society" (Hirsch). In Jane Austen 's Pride and Prejudice, the main characters, Darcy, Elizabeth, and Wickham, possess the traits of pride and prejudice, both of which play a role in their “human behavior in society” (Hirsch). Elizabeth Bennet encounters a prideful and prejudiced man, Darcy, whom she develops a strong dislike for. She is later fooled by Wickham, who is very charismatic and capitalizes on her dislike for Darcy to gain her sympathies. Elizabeth soon realizes that her prejudiced beliefs towards Darcy were in fact, misguided. Readers then tend to ask the question: In what ways do the traits of pride and prejudice influence one’s motives and decisions?
Darcy is a very prideful and prejudiced man. His ill-mannered behavior towards people below his social class makes him seem very egotistical to others, especially to Elizabeth Bennet. She believes that his “defect is to hate everybody (39).” In contrast, Darcy believes that “where there is a real superiority of mind, pride will be always under good regulation (39).” He feels that he is superior to other people because of the amount of wealth he possesses. Upon meeting Elizabeth, he first believed she could not be tolerated, but after running into her repeatedly he learns more about her personality, decides to break…

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