Pride And Prejudice By Jane Austen Essay

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Revealing the Unspoken Truth: The Correlation between Letters and Character Traits in Pride and Prejudice

Within Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen, letters are often employed by characters to express implicit feelings explicitly. As shown in the novel, many characters often have difficulty expressing their true beliefs: their thoughts and emotions are not truly indicated until written out in a letter. As shown in the text, Lydia Bennet, Mr. Collins, and Mr. Darcy utilize letter writing to express what they are too embarrassed or nervous or prideful to say. Each character exhibits a different and personal approach to their writing. Ignorant and inconsiderate Lydia uses letters to showcase her marital desperation, egoism, and to confidentially ask for money in an abrupt and rude manner; powerless Collins uses letters in attempt to insult and seem dominant over others; prideful Darcy uses letters to convey his motives regarding Mr. Wickham and Jane and Bingley to Elizabeth in attempt to gain her love. Letters are a vital component to the novel; the intimacy of a letter allows the true disposition and motives of characters to be revealed in Pride and Prejudice. Lydia Bennet’s letters reveal her marital desperation, lack of empathy, and her pecuniary troubles. After running away to elope with Mr. Wickham, Lydia writes a letter to express her marital plans. As written in the text, Lydia states “I am going to Gretna Green, and if you cannot guess…

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