Essay about Literary Analysis of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Literary Analysis of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The novel Pride and Prejudice, is a romantic comedy, by Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice is a story about an unlikely pair who go through many obstacles before finally coming together. Pride is the opinion of oneself and prejudice is how one person feels others perceive them. The novel, Pride and Prejudice, uses plot, the characters of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet, and the status of women and social standing, to portray the theme of the novel - pride and prejudice.

The plot of the novel follows traditional plot guidelines; although there are many small conflicts, there is one central conflict that sets the scene for the novel. The novel is about an
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Wickham’s regiment is located. The next letter the Bennet’s receive, from their uncle, Mr. Gardiner, brings word of Lydia’s marriage to Mr. Wickham. The Bennet’s are disgusted that they eloped. During the course of the remainder of the novel, Mr. Darcy, talks to Mr. Bingley and explains his negative feelings for Mr. Bingley’s relationship with Jane, were incorrect, Jane did love. Mr. Bingley then proposes to Jane. Elizabeth realizes her true feelings for Mr. Darcy and accepts his proposal. The novel ends with all the conflicts resolved. The novel best illustrates examples of pride and prejudice through the main characters, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet.

Mr. Darcy, one of the main characters, is the perfect example of pride in the novel. His pride is very obvious. It is in his nature, mannerisms, and in his speech. Darcy has such a high opinion of himself, he does not care that his actions, may result in others think less of him. He best illustrates this quality towards the beginning of the novel. "… and Turing round, he looked for a moment at Elizabeth, till catching her eye, he withdrew his own and coldly said, ‘she is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies slighted by other men…’" Darcy said this with every intention of Elizabeth overhearing; and this did not bother him, for he is using this as an advantage to bring himself above her; making him feel proud about

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