Pride & Prejudice Literature Analysis Essays

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Literature Analysis 2
The most difficult part of creating a masterpiece is the actual process of writing or composing it, one highly overlooked difficulty of the job of the creator is the development of a suitable title. In just a few words, an effective title gives the audience a basic idea of what they are about to spend their time reading about. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is an example of a novel with such a title that is very significant in the development of the story. As the reader proceeds through the book, the significance of the title becomes more obvious. Using only three words, Austen is able to tie together the main components of the novel, such as character descriptions and a basic plot summary.

The title Pride
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Other proud characters include Mr. Collins, Lady Catherine, Miss Bingley, and Elizabeth Bennet. Mr. Collins, Lady Catherine, and Miss Bingley are similar to Mr. Darcy in their degree of pride. They too have excessive pride in their social status and belittle others in their actions and words. Elizabeth fits into Austen’s definition of a proud person because she has a high level of respect for herself and her dignity. The negative side to Elizabeth’s pride is that her self-respect causes her to be prejudiced against anyone who devastates it. Looking at just these few characters alone, it is obvious, as Mary says, that pride is a very common fault in society.

Along with pride, many of the characters also display prejudice towards others. Through character development, Austen seems to define prejudice as an unfavorable opinion formed without fair reason or sufficient knowledge of a situation. Elizabeth, who clearly shows prejudice towards Mr. Darcy, fits into Austen’s description of a prejudiced person well. She forms an unjust opinion of Darcy based on only one meeting with him. Later when Mr. Wickham gives her a hostile account of Mr. Darcy’s character, her bias against him increases even though she still does not know enough true information about him to form an opinion. When Darcy gives her the letter explaining all that she accuses him of she is already “persuaded that he could have no explanation to give…with a strong prejudice against anything he

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