Pride Of Pride And Prejudice By Fitzwilliam Darcy And Elizabeth Bennet

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Pride is a trait that humans may have at one point or another in their life. This trait can either be positive or negative, but is usually negative like in the novel Pride and Prejudice. This pride can be seen in the two main characters. Throughout the novel Pride and Prejudice, Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet exhibit instances of pride, which progresses into love that highlights the true meaning of the novel. Darcy displays his pridefulness throughout the novel in many instances. Darcy knows that he is young, handsome, and rich and acts accordingly(Austen 390). When he arrogantly refuses to dance at the Nether-field ball and knocks Elizabeth Bennet as being only "tolerable" (Austen 10), Darcy acquires the reputation in Hertfordshire of being a proud aristocrat which he does not recognize (Encyclopedia of Themes in Literature). By denying Elizabeth 's dance request, Darcy directly displays his pride to her. In another instance, Elizabeth receives a letter from Darcy, expecting it to be an apology letter for hurting Jane. Instead, Darcy explains that the note was "was not penitent, but haughty. It was all pride and insolence" (Austen 211). Even when "apologizing," Darcy 's Pride is evident. Lastly, Darcy displays his Pride when he explains to Elizabeth how he tried, but failed to get over his love for her because of the social inferiority of her family (Encyclopedia of Themes in Literature: Pride). The pride of Darcy was about to allow him to not follow his heart…

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