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Pride and Prejudice One of the first Novels written in English, Jane's Austen's Pride and Prejudice which has been around for about 200 years. Published in 1813 during a time when England were at war with France. Pride and Prejudice offers a story in which the upper-middle class society are the setting for the relationship of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. In a time when Women's main aim is to find a husband against financial snobbery and class prejudice, Austen's Novel celebrates the love over class prejudice and financial snobbery. This novel was set in 1797-1815 in Longbourn, rural England. The novel is told from Elizabeth Bennet's point of view. At the time it was written, women had to get married before twenty six otherwise they would have no where to live or have to live with a relative, and not be important in the house, or asked any questions. So women had to go around trying to catch young men's attention before they got too old, this is shown in Charlotte Lucas who marries Mr. Collins who is a fool, she married for a home later on in life which overrules all over considerations. This shows how much pressure was on women to marry so they could be secure later on in life. ...read more.


Darcy then proposes to Elizabeth one day when he visits. "In vain have I struggled it will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." This demonstrates how his feelings towards her changed since is earlier dismissal of her as "not handsome enough." While Elizabeth rejects his proposal, this event is the start of a turning point in the novel. Before Darcy asks Elizabeth to marry him, she feels only dislike for him; afterwards she begins to see him in a new way. As Certain Incidents show the goodness of his character. At this moment, Elizabeth's final change of heart remains unexpected-all she thinks of is Darcy's arrogance, his attempts to interfere in Bingley's courtship of Jane, and his supposed mistreatment of Wickham. He spends more time emphasizing her lower rank and unsuitability for marriage to him than he does complimenting her or saying he loves her. The narrator states; Darcy must prioritize love over his sense of superiority before he is worthy of Elizabeth's hand. This is interesting because a woman was expected to feel grateful for an offer of marriage but she unwelcomes it. Darcy leaves her but shortly delivers a letter to her. ...read more.


This proposal and the acceptance mark the climax of the novel. The proposal and acceptance are almost an unavoidable conclusion by this point. Darcy's intervention of Lydia makes obvious his continuing affection to Elizabeth, and the appearance of Lady Catherine de Bourgh in the previous chapter, with her attempts to stop the engagement, suggests strongly that a second proposal from Darcy is about to happen. The language with which the narrator summarizes Elizabeth's acceptance captures the one moment of joyful inconsistency for her well spoken character. She accepts Darcy's proposal immediately. Elizabeth admits her love has replaced her prejudice, her control of language breaks down. The reader is left to imagine, the clever Elizabeth struggling for words to express her happiness. We see her father trying to compare his marriage and Elizabeth's marriage, "Or in other words, you are determined to have him. He is rich, to be sure and you may have more fine clothes and fine carriages than Jane. But will they make you happy?" Mr. Bennet misjudges the reason for her acceptance because he does not know the facts. He is referring to his own experience and does not wish it on Elizabeth. We see some difference between Elizabeth and Lydia's marriages. Lydia's is rushed and is not true love and will be live Mr. And Mrs. Bennet, Although Elizabeth is true love and will be happy and is more like Mrs. And Mr. Gardiner. James Peters ...read more.

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