Views on Pride, Prejudice and Marriage in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
pride n., v., 1. high (or too high) opinion of one's own dignity,
importance, worth, etc. 2. the condition or feeling of being proud. 3.
a noble sense of what is due to oneself or one's position or
character; self respect; self esteem. prejudice n., v., 1. an opinion
In the novel by Jane Austen, displays a severe contrast between
Elizabeth and Darcy in the story. Jane Austen does this by discussing
the theme of pride throughout the novel. The concept of pride in this
book is defined as an excessively high opinion of one's own dignity,
importance and worth.
Throughout the novel, Jane Austen satirizes the manners of all
classes, exposing people who have excessive pride as rude and often
foolish, regardless of wealth or station.
While the term of pride pertains particularly to Mr. Darcy there are
other characters that portray this trait as well. Jane Austen has
depicted pride in her minor characters as a means of demonstrating its
importance as a theme of this novel.
Among the minor characters that Jane Austen uses to portray
unattractive pride is Mr Collins. Jane Austen used Mr. Collins as an
extreme example of how excessive pride can affect one's manner and be
a very unattractive quality. In Mr. Collin's case, he prides himself
on his sense of respectability, his profession, and his association
with Lady Catherine. Jane Austen shows through the voice of the
narrator that she disapproves of Mr. Collins, which is why she
' MR. Collins was not a sensible manâ?¦. A fortunate chance had
recommended him to lady Catherine de Bourghâ?¦ The respect for which he
felt for her high rank, and his veneration for her as his patroness,
mingling with a very good opinion of himself, of his authority as a
clergy man, and his rights as a rector, made him altogether a mixture
of pride and obsequiousness, self-importance and humility.'(Chapter 15
This quote shows Mr Collins does not have a legitimate reason to be
proud.. Jane Austen makes Mr Collins look very ridiculous throughout
the novel, seeing as he is a clergyman, but meanwhile is a very
materialistic man. He tries to come across as a humble man, when in
actual fact he has a very materialistic outlook to life, he values
only quantity or size of house. This makes him look incredibly stupid,
because he is meant to be a man of the church, but is unbelievably
lacking in Christian spirit.
Mr Collins proposes to Elizabeth in Chapter 19 the way Mr Collins
proposes shows his pride and gives the impression that Mr Collins is a
stupid man, and has no idea how to treat a lady with respect. He comes
across as selfish because he talks of no feelings of love for her.
While asking Elizabeth for her hand in marriage, he also...