"Pride And Prejudice" By Jane Austin: Includes The Teacher's Comments

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SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1Sai SunkaraPride and Prejudice7/5/07"Experience the greatest love story of all time!" (IMDB 1) is the phrase on all the posters for the recently released movie, Pride and Prejudice. Over the past couple years two successful movies have been released based off Jane Austen's novel. Apparently she earned her title of being on of the greatest authors of all time. Her work has lasted hundreds of years and her morals and lessons in her books still carry out there message today. In 1831 Jane Austen wrote the famous novel Pride and Prejudice. This title would become a household name. However Austen didn't originally use that well known title; "The original title, First Impressions, focuses upon the initial errors of judgment from which the story develops" (Magill 13). Austen's reasoning was based mainly off of the two main characters and their journey to find love, but there are some obstacles in their way. At first they judge one another, making the pathway to loving each other difficult. In the beginning Elizabeth and Darcy see only each other's flaws, but they must first realize their own flaws in order for them to be able to love one another.Because Elizabeth and Darcy see only each other's flaws in the beginning, they believe it is impossible for them ever to like each other, let alone love one another. In the very beginning of the novel, Bingley hosts a ball in order to meet everyone in the town. Here, when Darcy and Elizabeth meet for the first time, Elizabeth convinces herself that Darcy is an arrogant and hateful man. Along with these condescending qualities, Darcy is very distant from the commoners because he thinks himself, "above his company" (Austen 8). Therefore "Darcy danced only with Mrs. Hurst and once with Miss Bingley…he declined being introduced to any other lady" (Austen 8) Elizabeth notices that Darcy barely dances at the ball, assuming it is because he is haughty. Along with the way he presents himself, Darcy dances only twice anddoes nothing else the rest of the ball. Because of Darcy's lack of social skills, the guests at the ball, including Elizabeth, assume because he doesn't dance he is conceited and vane. They judge his character, and so, "He was discovered to be proud" (Austen 8). Indeed, many think Darcy is "a devious, constantly self-regarding and very passionate man" (Bowen 22). His introverted ways lead people to believe he cares only for himself and is a stubborn man. People first label Darcy as proud and arrogant, but then is tagged with other negative characteristics. "Violent reaction from the assembled neighbors tabs him as 'the proudest, most disagreeable man in the world" (Teachman 3), a very unpleasant man.He was assumed to be a very conceited, self-absorbed man, once again because of his lack of social skills. "He spent the rest of the evening walking about the room, speaking occasionally to one of his own party" (Austen 10). Darcy's behavior is considered strange and unseemly,...

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