Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Jane Austen’s novel Price and Prejudice is based in the 19th century centering around Elizabeth Bennet, her four sisters, and their quests to find love and more importantly to marry well. Mrs. Bennet’s main goal in life is to find her 5 daughters well married and hopefully happy. Mr. Darcy, a handsome and proud aristocrat, falls in love with Elizabeth. He is attracted by her fine eyes, elegant figure, buoyancy of spirit, quick wit, and intelligence. Mr. Darcy hopes to win the love of Elizabeth, but she is offended by the pride and arrogance that he exhibits, along with her own prejudices.
Pride and Prejudice was originally titled First Impressions. Both titles exemplify the main themes of the novel: how the first impressions and prejudices (especially those involving pride) of people can lead to wrong impressions. The judgments that the main characters in the novel made based on appearances and first impressions often proved to be wrong and their opinions of those people later changed. Elizabeth’s initial judgments about both Wickham and
Darcy so bad as this- though I have never liked him, I had not thought so very ill of him" I did not suspect him of descending to such malicious revenge, such injustice" as this!"tm" (59) she cried after hearing Wickham"tms story. He wantonly spends money, takes advantage of his charm and looks, and cheats people who trust him. Her own pride also became involved in the matter when she overheard him say that "she is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt him" (7). In her portrayal of the relationship between Elizabeth and Mr. The dialogue among the characters is full of wit and sarcasm. His words hurt her pride and Elizabeth "remained with no very cordial feelings towards him" (8). Darcy did for her family by saving her sister"tms reputation. She ultimately realized her mistake in trusting her first impressions of both Wickham and Mr. Elizabeth believes without question everything that he tells her about Mr. The Victorian writing style makes the novel a more challenging choice, but it ultimately heightens the experience of reading Pride and Prejudice.