Brief Commentary On Jane Austen´S Pride And Prejudice

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Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice depicts the complex relationship of Miss Elizabeth Bennet and Mister Fitzwilliam Darcy. These two characters come from contrasting upbringings. Elizabeth is a charming and witty young lady, and the favorite daughter of a gentleman, who in danger of losing his entailed estate. Mister Darcy is a prestigious gentleman who grew up in a rich home and refuses to settle for anything below his standards. From the moment these two seemingly-contrasting people meet, their relationship is strained by their personal pride and their prejudice against each other. Mr. Darcy’s pride keeps him from accepting and admitting his love for Elizabeth; Elizabeth’s prejudice closes her eyes to Mr. Darcy’s better attributes.
As soon as Mr. Darcy enters the Netherfield Ball, he is described as handsome and tall, but his pride undermines others from seeing his better qualities. When inquired by his friend, Mr. Bingley, as to why he was not dancing with any of the women in the room, Mr. Darcy simply states that none of the women meet his standards. Mr. Darcy denies Bingley’s offer to introduce him to the very pretty and agreeable Elizabeth Bennet, and says, “She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me...”. Elizabeth overhears, and is astonished by Mr. Darcy’s impoliteness towards her. Elizabeth later explains to her dear friend, Charlotte Lucas, “I could have easily forgive his pride if he had not mortified mine.” Some time later, the two again met at another ball held at Lucas Lodge. Due to her prejudice, Elizabeth fervently believed that Mr. Darcy only looked upon her for the sake of finding more imperfections or flaws that would make him dislike her. However, on this second meeting Mr. Darcy’s eyes were opened to her beauty after dancing with her at Lucas Lodge.
Elizabeth’s prejudice grows and Mr. Darcy’s pride begins to falter as the story progresses. When at Netherfield, Darcy frequently observes her as she goes about her day, as he discovers more amicable features about her. Yet, Elizabeth continues to believe that he only stares because he has found some new feature distasteful. Instead of giving him a second chance to redeem himself, Elizabeth frequently denies him dances and walks about Netherfield, and dodges opportunities to encounter him. All of Elizabeth’s preconceived notions are incorrect, for Mr. Darcy realizes that he slowly falling in love. Still, his pride keeps him from truly pursuing her hand. Unfortunately, Elizabeth encounters the suave Mr. Wickham, who fuels her prejudice with several surprising lies about how Mr. Darcy ruined his life. Later on, Jane and Elizabeth hear that the inhabitants of Netherfield...

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