First Impressions Of Women In Pride And Prejudice Analysis

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Originally titled First Impressions, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice portrays the dating scene from its time period wonderfully. During the 19th century, women had one goal: marriage.
Young girls were rushed to balls and meetings with possible suitors as soon as they were of a reasonable age. However, they were not given time to find someone and fall in love. These girls were expected to find a wealthy, respectable man and marry him. The main character Elizabeth
Bennet challenged this aspect of society and refused to marry unless it was for love. In the end she was able to do just that.
While both of these titles are slightly different and approach two separate topics in the book, either one would have been appropriate. First Impressions
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Since women could not hold jobs or inherit money from their families, they had to marry. If a woman did not marry, she could not support herself and was seen as an outcast. So naturally, the parents wanted her to marry to maintain a good social standing and also to protect the family name from slander.

The title First Impressions was a very fitting one. For many girls at this time, first impressions were crucial because they spent such little time with a man before marrying him.
With that being said, women “fell in love” very fast. “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” (pg. Austen) The eldest
Bennet sister Jane made a wonderful first impression with Mr. Bingley, which eventually led to a happy ending. Elizabeth was not very fond of the idea of first impressions. She and her eventual husband Darcy started off on the wrong foot. Neither party liked the other and initially opposed the idea of being together. When she found out Jane’s quickly growing feelings for her new acquaintance, she reminded her that he was just that. “…She has known him only a fortnight.
She danced four dances with him at Meryton; she saw him one morning at his own house,
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“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.” (pg. Austen) Elizabeth was prideful in that she refused to succumb to the pressure of finding a husband for money. However, Darcy was prideful because of his status and wealth. These two characters are both so strong willed that their personalities initially clashed. These are not the only characters with with pride issues. The Bennet family had some

issues of their own when it came to marrying off their daughters. Lydia and Whickham’s marriage brought shame to the family because of his financial status. The family did not associate with them much after the marriage because they constantly asked for money, so it is understandable. In conclusion, Pride and Prejudice explores a wide variety of relationships and portrays them and their struggles beautifully. While First Impressions would have been a fitting title for the book, Austen ultimately made the right decision in choosing Pride and Prejudice. It focuses in more on the actual theme of the story rather than a small aspect of it. Regardless of the title, the book would have been recognized for the brilliance of its

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