Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austen, deals with many common issues such as, marriage, wealth, social status, and first impressions. Although first impressions can be misleading, true character is always revealed later. During the 19th century, impressions, especially first ones, are of utmost importance. An opinion or first impression can lead to future prejudices or incorrect assessments of a person’s true character. Other times, a first assessment of one can be spot on. Many characters, such as Darcy, Elizabeth, and Wickham, are treated unjustly because of others inaccurate assessments.
Darcy is one of the characters that are judged from almost everyone in the novel. Many of the assessments made of Mr. Darcy are extremely wrong. At first everyone pictures Mr. Darcy as a “fine figure of a man” and “much handsomer than Mr. Bingley” (7). However, his impression of such a gentlemen like figure soon begins to fade. Mr. Darcy is soon “discovered to be proud, to be above his company, and above being pleased” (7). This disagreeable impression only worsens when Elizabeth overhears him saying to Mr. Bingley, “She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me” (8). This statement aggravates Elizabeth and mortifies her pride. Elizabeth puts all her energy into hating him, until she realizes that she has been wrong all along. Realizing Darcy is just extremely shy; makes Elizabeth feel humiliated of how she treated him. Jane Bennet, a very kind natured woman, is not at all wrong at how she thinks of Mr. Darcy. Miss Bennet looks upon Mr. Darcy as being exceedingly shy and never speaking “much unless amongst his intimate acquaintance” (15). He proves to be a good admirable character by not only respecting Elizabeth, but also making an anonymous donation for Lydia and Wickham to be married. Mr. Darcy is a very generous, noble man, who is just perceived in the wrong way.
When Elizabeth arrived to care for her older sister Jane, the women staying at Netherfield harshly judged her. On Elizabeth’s first appearance to all the women, she arrived looking “almost wild” (29). Any chance Miss Bingley had,...