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Pride and Prejudice - The Power of Love.

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Curtis Schroeder A.P. Lang Pd.1 October 22, 2003 Pride and Prejudice Essay The Power of Love The title of Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice, immediately suggests the overwhelming theme of her novel. However, the novel has been criticized as not having deep or "weighty" enough themes and purpose despite its strengths. Jane Austen opposes these views by thematically showing how love has the ability to make one overcome their personal Pride and Prejudice. In the beginning of the novel, Mary claims, "human nature is particularly prone to (pride)." This insightful analysis is apparent immediately in the novel. Both Darcy and Elizabeth's character show how pride intervenes with love and relationships in Austen's novel. ...read more.

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Elizabeth also displays her pride as she takes Darcy's arrogant comments to heart and begins making judgments on his character. Her judgments are encouraged as she hears about Darcy from Wickham, who states that he is "the proudest, most disagreeable man in the world." This implies Elizabeth's harsh conceit towards Darcy's initial appearance. She continues to judge him suggesting he is "arrogant" and "cruel." Both Darcy and Elizabeth's need for personal pride causes the initial stepping stone that stands as an obstacle in the way of their marriage. Despite their displays of pride in the novel, Darcy and Elizabeth also show how prejudice creates an obstacle in their pursuit of love and marriage. ...read more.

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Their arrogance and prejudice towards each other was, in the end, countered by the love they felt for one another. They had to overcome their attitudes in order to give into their feelings. As the novel matured, so did the characters. Darcy and Elizabeth's overwhelming love for one another was able to fight through the obstructions of their own personal pride and prejudice. Darcy was able to give way to his feelings and marry Elizabeth in spite of her social class, poverty, and obscure family. Elizabeth realizes the wrong in her ways as she sees past her first impressions and prejudices, resenting "how despicably (she) acted." The irresistible feelings of love between the two of them overcame their differences and led to the novel's happy ending. ...read more.

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