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The Importance Of Paper And Ink In Pride And Prejudice By Jane Austin

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Jake Leatherman
Mrs. Rafferty
English III
27 March 2014

Paper and Ink
Letters play a very important role in the story of Pride and Prejudice. Especially the letters of one character in particular in Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austin. Mr. Darcy's letters are a very important to build up to the climax. Letters from and to Mr. Darcy play a very important role in the novel. The two main purposes which they fulfill and they are to reveal the character’s and the characters personality of the letter writer and also the person being written to. Also letters have a practical purpose to, which its to deliver information. The letter Mr. Darcy writes to Elizabeth is extremely important, because he explains everything in this letter. He explains his situation with Wickham and why he said nothing to defend himself. This letter impacts the novel as a whole in that it explains everything, it describes Mr. Darcy, and finally the letter shows the differences between the letter writing and the talking of the characters.
There’s something more about the letter to Elizabeth. Keep in the back mind the time and place where this book was set. In that time period, Mr. Darcy would have never shared his personal information with someone outside of his most intimate acquaintances or with anybody he did not know very well. However he exposed this information to Elizabeth, this shows how strong his feelings were to Elizabeth. What he says in the letter would have been way too
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awkward to say face to face, in addition a unengaged couple talking or exchanging written letters was a very big NO back in those days. Sending a letter allowed Mr. Darcy to cool off and a way to calm down from all the stress that just happened “she could not yet recover from the surprise of what happened, it was impossible to think of anything else”(132). After Mr. Darcy proposed the first time to Elizabeth he was hurt and humiliated, but he was also resentful at first. Mr. Darcy had the afternoon to get himself cooled down and say only what he believed was the right thing to say, but the entire conversation was really emotional which does not make for the most interesting conversation “Her feeling as she read were scarcely to be defined”(138).
A letter which combines both these functions simultaneously is Darcy's letter in chapter thirty five. This describes Mr. Darcy in numerous way. On of many ways is it shows that Darcy has the courage to confront the problem and try and provide a solution. The letter contained the important revelation of Wickham's situation in trying to elope with Darcy's sister; at the same time it also reveals the inherent pride of Darcy: "I write without any intention paining you or humbling myself”(133). In addition to wiping his own name clean, there was the added inducement since Darcy...

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