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Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen is set in the Regency England period.

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Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen is set in the Regency England period. I think that one of the most important aspects of the novel is dancing. The balls the five sisters attend are the key places for courtship rituals, Janes' first meeting with Mr bingley was at the Long's ball as was Elizabeths and Darcy's first meeting. Two of the main themes of the novel are courtship and marriage. The characters in pride and prejudice generally reveal their inner selves through their behaviour. Jane austen paid alot of attention to the dances and balls in the novel. Around the time in which the novel is set, a person's individual worth was judged through their performance on the dance floor. Some examples of the negatively judged include Lydia and Kitty Bennet with their shamless soldier chasing and excessive giggling on the dance floor and Lydia's scandalous affair with Wickham. ...read more.


bingley attempts to persuade Darcy into dancing with Elizabeth. Darcy refuses rather loudly stating that "She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me...."(chapter 3, Long Ball) Seemingly uncaring or has not realized that Elizabeth can hear every word he utters. But Elizabeth cares very much. She is detremined never to allow Darcy to have the pleasure of pointing out her weaknesses again. "...I could easily forget his pride, if he had not mortified mine."(chapter 4) The second incident occurs when Sir William Darcy puts Darcy in the spotlight and insists he invites Elizabeth to dance with him. But this time the once rejected Elizabeth is determined to refuse Darcy. "And taking her hand, (Sir William Lucas) wold have given it to Mr. Darcy, who although extremely suprised, was not unwilling to receive it, when she instantly drew back, and said with some discomposure to Sir William, 'Indeed, Sir, I have not the least intention of dancing. ...read more.


She is so surised she accepts his propsal without a secnd thought, wherupon he immediatly walks away. While dancing with darcy Elizabeth is "amazed at the dignity at which she was arrived in being allowed t stand opposite to Mr. Darcy, and reading in her neighbours' looks their equal amazement in beholding it"(Chapter 18, Netherfield Ball). The seriousness of Elizabth dancing with Dacry contrasts with her emabarressment of dancing with Mr.Collins. Unfortuntely for the couple, by the end of this last dance they part silently and are mutually uneasy over the feelings that the experience calls upon. Throughout Pride and prejudice, dance emphasizes the themes of courtship and marriage. Only after forming initial matches on the dance floor can Elizabeth and Darcy and jane and mingley progress to the next stage, which i scourtship which may then lead to marriage! Therefore dance fullfills its primary function in the novel, just as it did in Austen's society. Marriage was seen as a reflection of social status. ...read more.

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