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Pride and PrejudiceHow significant is the first ball tothe rest of the novel?

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Pride and Prejudice How significant is the first ball to the rest of the novel? During the Meryton ball we meet all of the major and most important characters of the novel. We have already met the protagonist in previous chapters. During the ball, we get to understand Elizabeth's character a bit more and her attitude towards others in different circumstances, situations and environments. Elizabeth is lively, intelligent, witty and sensible. She can control her emotions maturely in awkward situations. "Elizabeth remained with no very cordial feelings towards him. She told the story, however, with great spirit among her friends; for she had a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in anything ridiculous." This shows that she can control her emotions in a mature fashion, in such a situation as that. Mr Darcy is introduced to the novel in this chapter. He is one of the major characters, especially in this chapter due to him being the main topic of conversation from the moment he enters to the moment he leaves the ball. Everyone openly agreed that he is the most handsome and wealthiest man at the Meryton ball definitely more so than Mr Bingley. ...read more.


The general opinion of Mr Bingley when we first meet him is that he has very fine looks, with easy, unaffected manners and personality. He is a very likable man who can easily get along with a lot of people. Bingley presents himself very well towards the women by introducing himself to them and then asking them to dance. He is sensible, good humoured, lively and very good mannered. "Mr Bingley was good looking and gentlemen-like he had a pleasant countenance and easy, unaffected manners"..."Mr Bingley soon made himself acquainted with all of the principal people in the room; he was lively and unreserved and danced every dance." Mr Bingley is shown to be a very kind and attentive man. Mr Bingley was also angry that the ball finished so early and promised that he shall hold a ball at his house to be more acquainted with the people of Netherfield. Mr Darcy exhibits his pride by being prejudice against most of the people at the ball, and the fact that he will only converse and dance with the people of his own party. ...read more.


These first impressions results in personal and public conflicts between them. He then tries to prove himself to her whilst trying to win over her love for him. The plot revolves around Elizabeth and Darcy's love for one another. When Mr Darcy falls in love with Elizabeth, he is attracted to her fine eyes, elegant figure, enthusiasm, quick wit and intelligence. Darcy's antagonist are the various obstacles that he has to overcome in order to win over Elizabeth's love. One of the obstacles which he has to conquer is Elizabeth's rude, offensive and careless mother and also Elizabeth's own prejudice against him. The climax of this plot is the engagement of Elizabeth and Darcy. At first Elizabeth thought Mr Darcy was exceedingly proud and she truly disliked him. In turn Elizabeth realises the true worth of Mr Darcy. When Darcy proposes a second time, he has lost his pride and she has given up her prejudice. The climax occurs when she accepts his proposal. Chapter 3 is one of the most important parts of the whole entire novel as you get introduced to most of the main characters, get to understand the nature of their relationships and how they occur, and also helps to foresee future relationships between them. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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