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Discuss the changing relationship between the central character in Pride and Prejudice, and another important character. How is one or more of the themes portrayed through this relationship?

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Discuss the changing relationship between the central character in Pride and Prejudice, and another important character. How is one or more of the themes portrayed through this relationship? Pride and Prejudice, the title theme of the novel. Throughout the novel, we constantly see different characters bringing out these themes. However, it is mainly portrayed in the changing relationship between Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. Their relationship is a very tumultuous one. They start of very distant, but as the novel progresses, we see a slightly softer side of both of them, to each other. Towards the end of volume I and the beginning of volume II, we see their relationship fall to bits when Elizabeth learns of an apparent harsher side to Mr. Darcy, however, they, yet again sort out their differences and eventually elope. Both Darcy and Elizabeth show pride as well and as prejudice. Elizabeth takes pride in her ability to judge people correctly, yet she shows prejudiced because she makes these judgments immediately. ...read more.

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Darcy. "Indeed, Mama, you are mistaken," said Elizabeth, blushing for her mother. "You quite mistook Mr. Darcy. He only meant that there were not such a variety of people to be met with in the country as in town, which you must acknowledge to be true."2 As can be noticed, we see that, though their relationship starts off to be an exceptionally unpleasant one, it slowly starts to turn into a friendship, before becoming a romance at the end of the novel. The relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy portray, through their interaction with each other, the main themes of, pride and prejudice. Elizabeth takes much pride in her ability to judge people. She is quick to judge many of the characters in the novel, especially Wickham and Darcy, which shows the idea of prejudice. Her first impression of Darcy is that he is very proud, very rude, and ignorant as well as very arrogant. This impression stays with Elizabeth through most of the novel, especially when Wickham tells her of what Darcy had done to him. ...read more.

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He knows that he of a very high class, and often likes to make sure that everyone else knows it as well. Towards the end of the novel, when both these characters realise that they have been wrong in the way they have acted, Elizabeth with her prejudiced judgments, and Darcy with his pride, they start to discontinue behaving with such mannerisms. Darcy's and Elizabeth's relationship is one that is extremely complicated. They start of very distant then become a little closer, and then they get distant again, until finally they fall in love and decide to get married. Elizabeth shows more prejudice towards those that she meets, as she tends to make quick judgments about them, and Darcy shows much pride about his wealth, and social status. Both these characters are the main characters of the novel, and through their interaction with each other, both show characteristics of the title theme of the novel, which are pride and prejudice. 1 Quote taken from volume 1, page 8. 2 Quote taken from volume 1, page 34. 3 Quotes taken from Volume 1, page 7-8 ...read more.

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