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Pride and Prejudice

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 Mr. Darcy eventually prove to be wrong. Wickham’s easy manner and good looks fool almost everyone at first, and he is thought to be a gentleman. Elizabeth believes without question everything that he tells her about Mr. Darcy. “Elizabeth honoured him for such feelings, and thought him handsomer than ever as he expressed them… ‘I had not thought Mr. 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!’” (59) she cried after hearing Wickham’s story. When Elizabeth finally realized Wickham has lied to her about Mr. Darcy her impressions of Wickham drastically change. She sees that beyond Wickham’s good looks and charm is a man who is selfish and unkind. Elizabeth and others used their initial impres...

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