Essay on Letters and Letter Writing as Seen in Pride and Prejudice

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Letters and Letter Writing as Seen in Pride and Prejudice

Quite frequently in her novels, Jane Austen uses letter writing between characters to explain past events and the exact nature of people's roles in them. It is these letters that always offer great insight into a character's true nature; which, often times, is not what it appears to be. It is this tactic that is consistently prevalent in her 1813 novel, Pride and Prejudice.

Throughout the course of the novel, Mr. Darcy, Mrs. Gardiner, and even Mr. Collins all write letters, and each reveal their personalities and sincere thoughts through them. It is in fact the letter writing that initially contributes, and ultimately results, in the union of hero and heroine at the
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It is in fact the letter from Fitzwilliam Darcy, the proud and rich man who falls in love with Elizabeth, and after a time, makes her fall in love with him, that is the most important of the novel. The severity of the letter lies specifically in the reactions that it evokes from Elizabeth. It is only after her completion of Mr. Darcy's letter, that Elizabeth endures a great recognition of her own nature and a self-realization of her own pride and prejudice.

Elizabeth began reading the letter "with a strong prejudice against every thing he might say," but as she reads the letter a second and third time, one or two things begin to strike her as being true. Once she has brought herself to accept one statement as being true, she then realizes that she must ultimately accept every fact as true or reject them all. As she reevaluates the sequence of events as they unfolded, Elizabeth begins to reevaluate Mr. Darcy himself. Suddenly, she cannot remember anything that Mr. Darcy has ever done which was not honorable and just. Her final realization is that she has been "blind, partial, prejudiced, and absurd." Elizabeth has thus gained a moral insight into her own character and sees that she too has been blind. And as she gain awareness of others, she gains more and more awareness of herself. Elizabeth admits: "Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind." Consequently, it is Elizabeth's character

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