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Jane Austen's View on the Social Class and How It Affects Elizabeth and Darcy's Relationship in Pride and Prejudice.

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  • Submitted: 22/12/2003
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Jane Austen's View on the Social Class and How It Affects Elizabeth and Darcy's Relationship in Pride and Prejudice

Although Pride and Prejudice does not wholly concern with the difference of social classes in the late 18th Century Britain, the idea of social rank does play a big role in the plot of the novel. By the 18th Century Britain has already been a powerful trading nation. There were 2 significant social classes: the upper and the middle classes. The upper class consisted of aristocrats and gentry landowners, who considered themselves to be in a higher position than other people in the society according to their birthrights and properties. On the other hand, the middle class comprised of tradesmen and ordinary people who made their fortune through business and trade. Though members of these two classes did socialise, there was social separation, by which the upper class members are likely to look down on the middle class.

In Pride and Prejudice, the audiences are first introduced to members of the middle class, the Bennets, consisting of seven members: the witty Mr. Bennet, the ridiculous and ambitious Mrs. Bennet and their five daughters: Jane, Elizabeth, Mary,

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