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Pride and Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice - Coursework Assignment How does pride and prejudice affect Elizabeth and Darcy's relationship? How does Elizabeth change her opinion about Darcy after reading his letter? "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." This is the opening sentence of the famous book "Pride and Prejudice". The sentence automatically states to the reader that the story written is about issues regarding marriage at the time. It is saying that a "man in possession of good fortune" is searching for a wife and a poor woman would love to marry him as to the money she would receive. The original copy (book) of "Pride and Prejudice" was published in the 19th century (1813) and was named "First Impressions". Jane Austen soon changed it to "Pride and Prejudice", as the publishers would not accept it as it was seen as weak novel. The book was written "by an author", later known as Jane Austen. This is because Jane Austen was aware of the attitude of men, which was negative towards women. The early 19th century view of women was stereotypical and sexist( but was considered perfectly rational at the time), reason being women were given little autonomy and it was virtually impossible to be independent with men as men were considered to be superior and women ass the inferior beings. They believed that nature gave women the power to produce offspring, so they should just stay at home and care for their children. People living at the time underestimated women, so were not allowed to participate in high society doings, but if one was in high society it self , ten she had the power to write and publish books unlike Jane Austen. This probably gives an idea of the general attitude towards women at the time. They were held at a low esteem, put down, slaves for men, developed their knowledge at home. ...read more.

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She also says to him "and never allow yourself to be blinded by prejudice." She is trying to say that you make mistakes by making judgement on first impressions. In my opinion it is very easy to see someone else's faults before our own. This is exactly what Elisa is doing, but ironically as she later admits this is her fault to. Elizabeth begins to talk about Wickham she notices a sudden change in Darcy's body language and his facial impressions. Darcy makes a comment on how Wickham can make friends, but can't keep them "Mr Wickham is blessed with such happy manners as may ensure his making friend - whether he may be equally capable of retaining them is less certain" (page 74). Darcy does not give any other reasons for thing Wickham. Mr Collins is the cousin of Mr Bennet and all the Bennet's property will be his when Mr Bennet dies as he is the closest male relative. Mr Collins proposes to Elizabeth as Jane is likely to be engaged to Mr Bingley, as hinted by Mrs Bennet. He makes this proposal in chapter 19. Mr Collins at breakfast asks for a private audience with Elizabeth and Mrs Bennet agrees even though Elizabeth doesn't want to. Mrs Bennet "Oh dear!-Yes-certainly. I am sure Lizzy will be very happy-I am sure she can have no objection." (page 84). As soon as everyone leaves the room he compliments Elizabeth "your modesty, so far from doing you any disservice, rather adds your other perfections." I feel that he starts off with this line, so Elisa emotionally breaks down, and accepts his proposal. She is silent after this speech as she finds it comical and she feels that if she says something she might laugh "...his feelings, made Elizabeth so near laughing" (page 84). Mr Collins understands her silence to be a convincing yes and he carries on explaining his reasons for marrying. ...read more.

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She is ashamed of herself for being prejudice against Darcy. "He declared himself to have been totally unsuspicious of her sister's attachment; and she could not help remembering what Charlotte's opinion had always been". It was not Darcy's fault, Jane did not give any signs that she liked Bingley; Darcy was just trying to save his friend from pain. Charlotte had said that a woman should not conceal her affections "Bingley likes your sister undoubtedly; but he may never do more than like her, if she does not help him on." She remembered Charlotte saying to he that Jane should show Bingley that she likes him too. "Yet merited reproach, her sense of shame was severe. The justice of the charge struck her too forcibly for denial" (page 162-163), she realises that she and Darcy are exactly the same. "Till this moment I never knew myself", she realizes the mistakes she has made. Pride and prejudice affects Elizabeth and Darcy's relationship. Pride is the sense of superiority and satisfaction within a person and if a person is proved wrong or someone has said something about the too great opinion that they have of them selves, then it hurts their pride. And if their pride is hurt, their sense of superiority leads them to make a fast biased preconceived opinion against that someone. This is exactly how Elizabeth and Darcy's relationship is affected. Pride was the obstacle in their relationship, Elisa's pride was hurt and she became prejudice against Darcy. Prejudice emotionally blinded Elisa; therefore she couldn't see the real Darcy. After reading Darcy's letter, Elisa realises her mistakes and she now knows that she was quick to judge others. Since she is no more blinded by her pride, she can see the clear picture of Darcy, Darcy who is now the better man. After reading his letter she changes her opinion about Darcy in a positive way as she knows the truth. Edition: Penguin Popular Classics - Pride and Prejudice ?? ?? ?? ?? Pooja Verma 10x1 English Mr Bennett Page 1 of 4 ...read more.

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