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Jane Austen's original title for the novel was First Impressions

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Jane Austen's original title for the novel was First Impressions. What role do first impressions play in Pride and Prejudice? First impressions play a very important role in Pride and Prejudice. The narrative describes how the prejudices and first impressions (especially those dealing with pride) of the main characters change throughout the novel. From the beginning of the book in chapter 1, we see that Mrs. Bennet lives in a mercenary society where her whole life revolves around money. This shows in her eagerness to meet Bingley. She is obsessed with her daughters getting married - she does not care for their happiness. Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley are both introduced in chapter 3 at the ball. ...read more.


Elizabeth and many of the other characters see Darcy as proud. "The gentlemen pronounced him to be a fine figure of a man, the ladies declared he was much handsomer than Mr. Bingley, and he was looked at with great admiration for about half the evening, till his manners gave a disgust which turned the tide of his popularity; for he was discovered to be proud, to be above his company, and above being pleased; and not all his large estate in Derbyshire could then save him from having a most forbidding, disagreeable countenance, and being unworthy to be compared with his friend." It is not only what she believes to be pride in Darcy's character that makes her judge him harshly, but also her prejudice against him because of the lies Wickham has told her. ...read more.


He is also prejudiced against Elizabeth's family. The above are only a few of the major examples of first impressions, prejudice and pride in the novel, as these themes recur throughout the story. Characters besides Darcy are also accused of having too much pride, such as Bingley's sisters, Miss Darcy, Lady Catherine and others. There are also discussions about pride between Elizabeth and Darcy. Characters are also described as being proud on certain occasions. For example, Mrs. Bennet is described as visiting her married daughters with pride, and Elizabeth is said to be proud of Darcy because of what he had done for Lydia. Prejudice is illustrated not only in Elizabeth's behavior, but in Darcy's and Lady Catherine's reactions to the status of Elizabeth's family as well. ?? ?? ?? ?? David Hall 11s ...read more.

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