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Under The Radiance Of The Dialog "The Plots Of Pride And Prejudice" By Jane Austin.

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Besides reading the novel Pride and Prejudice I also did some further reading such as Babb, H.S., Jane Austen's Novels: the Fabric of Dialogue and Wright, A., Jane Austen's Novels: A Study in Structure. I find those books are conveying a same idea that in Pride and Prejudice the plot is secondary, both in importance and interest, to character and dialogue.I agree that in Pride and Prejudice "the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humor are conveyed to the world in the best chosen language"(Northanger Abbey). But I also think that the real and primary attracting factor of a novel is its plots and in this respect Austen did an excellent job too.Pride and Prejudice is based on an earlier novel of Austen's called First Impressions. This could be taken as a related theme of the later novel, and helps inform an approach to the text. People would carry an air of pride when considering their status, how we judge them and to do so without enough knowledge invites prejudice. The plots help deliver this theme very well. Darcy takes pride in hid rank, and his arrogance colors his assessment of the people of Longbourn. Elizabeth and the neighborhood are prejudiced against Darcy from the beginning, taking offence at his low opinion of them. These qualities infect the portrayal of other characters in the book. Mr. Collins respect Lady Catherine de Burgh for her high rank and praises his patroness extravagantly, and on the other hand he considers the offer of marriage to one of the Bennet sisters as patronage, which reflect his is "a mixture of pride and obsequiousness, self-importance and humility". Lady Catherine displays ridiculous pride in her status by showing her domineeringness to Charlotte and being supercilious to Elizabeth when at Rosings. Mr. Bennet is ridiculously prejudice in her views. Pride and prejudice seep through all of the characters through plots.In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen discusses a moral question though the comparing description of the four marriages. First, she draws a clear line between a happy marriage and the miserable one. In her opinion there are two kinds of miserable marriage: One is like Charlotte and Collins, whose marriage is totally based on economy; the other is like Lydia and Wickham, whose marriage is entirely based on beauty and physical attraction.Charlotte is intelligent enough to deserve a happy marriage but because of lack in estate and beauty she is still single till 27. So she accepts the hand of Mr. Collins because she sees the practical, materialistic considerations of the union outweighing the absence of love. ("I am not romantic, ...I ask only a comfortable home; and considering Mr. Collins' charter, connections, and situation in life, I am convinced that my chance of happiness with him is as fair as most people can boast on entering the marriage state.") This also reflects the misfortune of women at that time to certain...

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