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How and why are Letters Significant in 'Pride and Prejudice'

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How and why are Letters Significant in 'Pride and Prejudice' The novel was written in the early 19th century, by Jane Austen. At this time there was no real means of long distance communication except letters, especially for woman who did not get around much in that type of society it was also the only way they could freely speak their thoughts and get their feelings across without anyone else hearing or inadvertently insulting someone. This means that Jane Austen the author of 'Pride and Prejudice' can include whatever she wants to in the letters, she also has a didactic style of writing, which means that she shows us the plot first and then later tells us what is going on in case the reader has not grasped the scene yet, she uses the show and tell technique all the way through the novel. Furthermore Jane Austen also reveals a lot about the literary traditions that went before her the most noticeable is the epistolary style that was very evident in the sentimental novels of the previous century (eighteen century) Letters I think played a major part in the society in which Jane Austen is writing about as in the novel letters reveal the character more evidently than the character himself reveals, since there are no obstacles stopping the character saying what he wants to say. ...read more.

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is man full of "servility and self-importance!" The next letter we receive is from Mr Darcy this is the most important letter in the book as it reveals a lot about Darcy which has not been discovered. The letter also reveals the other side of a man bursting with pride. It contrasts to the first letter as it deeply reveals Darcy's character. Unlike the language in the first letter, in this it is a well written piece and the language was one a well educated person would be expected to use during the time this novel was written, which is the early nineteenth century. Prior to the letter we feel that we know Darcy very well but we have only known Darcy until this point through the eyes of Elizabeth, so we have not been able to see how he is with friends and not strangers, we have only heard. Seeing Darcy just through the eyes of Elizabeth does not reveal the full personality of Darcy's character although there is no denying that he is man full of pride but contrastingly Elizabeth is the Prejudice of the title. Until the letter Darcy has not been given a fair chance to justify himself without Elizabeth interrupting with what she thought of him. ...read more.

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Then once again if the letter has not confirmed the stupidity of Lydia in the readers mind then we are told by other characters such as Elizabeth who shouts" oh thoughtless, thoughtless Lydia" Everyone was shocked even the father who could not speak for a full ten minutes. It also confirms that what Darcy has said about her younger sisters to be extremely stupid and Elizabeth can now not blame him for that as he was and had been right. To confirm this one of her younger sisters Lydia has decided to marry a man like Mr Wickham, without consulting her family. I think the letter Written by Darcy is the most important/significant for the reader in terms of perceptions and expectations to follow. As the letter gives a sense that maybe Elizabeth might finally break down the barrier she had built to distance herself from Darcy and that there might be something between the characters in some point in the novel, in the near future. But for Elizabeth to receive a third proposal she must first face a lot of difficulties. On the other hand the letter shows the goodness in Darcy and how Wickham only has the appearance of goodness. As well as that Wickham has failed in his revenge, and makes the reader feel about what he will be plotting next against Darcy or even against the Bennett's. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jaward Munir 10H ...read more.

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