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Pride and Prejudice Essay

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GLEN MILLNER MLLGLE006 PRIDE AND PREJUDICE ESSAY TUTOR: SIMON VAN SCHALKWYK DATE: 04/05/2007 Jane Austen began writing the novel Pride and Prejudice in the year 1796 and was first published in 1813. The book written in the 19th Century, became part of the era of Romanticism, a time were many of the prominent writers, such as Dickens and Tennyson began to rationalize things around them and emerged as the great thinkers of the time. Pride and Prejudice however was not the books original name. Its initial name was First Impressions, which in context of the book begins to explain the way their world was structured and perceived by Austen. She was born and raised in London and began writing at a very young age. Austen's ideas in Pride and Prejudice reflect a capacity for a diverse society where themes of class and social behavior were maintained by a hierarchal format. The story takes place in and around London, were the rulings of the upper classes governed the actions of the middle and lower classes. The pursuit of marriage is a theme that bears a close connection with class and is a relationship that is carried throughout the course of the story. ...read more.


Mr. Darcy's "imprudent hauteur", as Austen puts it, is indicative of his complete disinterest in associating himself with people of a lower social status. (Austen, 1952: 93, 97). The Pemberley estate in particular, is a fine representation of his superior wealth and class. Mr.Darcy states: "I certainly have not the talent that some people possess of conversing easily with those I have never seen before. I cannot catch their tone of conversation..." (Austen, 1952:166). Within his complacency he falls in love with Elizabeth and becomes enchanted by her. Their mutual witty banter and indignant judgment of other people are commonly shared, and their love begins to blossom; this however does not happen over night. It is with patience that Elizabeth learns to trust the fa´┐Żade of pride existential in his character, and only after she unravels the mystery of Wickham's deceit that their bond is irreconcilably forged. In contrast to Mr. Darcy's character, is Mr. Collins. A snobbish and righteous clergyman and husband to Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth's best friend. Mr. Collins is first coerced into the idea of marriage by Lady Catherine de Bourgh, a woman whose higher social acclaim, makes him drool over her superiority. ...read more.


Elizabeth says: "Do not consider me now as an elegant female intending to plague you, but as rational creature speaking the truth from her heart." The meaning of the English language is often ambiguous, and can be easily misunderstood. Language can take on various interpretations, depending on the person talking, the recipient, and their social preconceptions. Mr. Collins' inferior use of language might be taken to mean something completely different to Elizabeth's intended meaning and will therefore transform the outcome of the conversation. Jane Austen brilliantly captures the imagination of the reader by immersing them in every detail of the characters personality, as each new sentence brings with it a critical insight or comment on some aspect of their discourse. As Elizabeth's social interactions become intermingled with the other characters in the story and the plot continues to evolve, one becomes increasingly attached to her. Her relationship with Mr. Darcy in particular is of the utmost interest as the themes of friendship, love, marriage, class, and wealth become clear and relevant to the proceedings of the story. It is a truly excellent piece of literature and enlightened me to the some of the realities of the 18th Century, especially to the fastidiousness attributed to acquiring a wife and the frivolity attributed to play. ...read more.

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