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Write an essay on Darcy's pride and Elizabeth's prejudice (Chapters 1-20) The book 'Pride and Prejudice' has many themes of which pride and prejudice are two of the main. The characters represent different attitudes where Elizabeth Bennet is the character who represents prejudice, whilst Darcy represents pride. The effects of pride are conveyed to the reader through Darcy as they affect Elizabeth and change her attitude. Pride and prejudice is very common within people at present time, as well as back in time. Pride and prejudice can cause many problems, in the form of insults mainly, which can give an unimpressive impression of someone. When the two words are looked up in a dictionary the following meanings evolve: * Pride: 1. A feeling of satisfaction about ones achievement. 2. An excessively high opinion of oneself. 3. Satisfaction in one's own or another's success or achievements: 'His obvious pride in his son's achievements' ... ...read more.


A ball is arranged at Netherfield where we are first introduced to Darcy, a rich and wealthy young man. At the ball we get the first insight into Darcy's Prejudice and pride as he refuses to dance with Elizabeth as he believes she isn't good enough for him: 'She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to temp me' (Darcy referring about Elizabeth- Chapter three) This sentence indicates Darcy has much pride in himself and is very picky, and is prejudice as he does not think Elizabeth is handsome enough for him. Elizabeth expresses the first sign of prejudice as she tells Jane that she doesn't like the Bingley sisters as they don't have the same manners as Bingley: 'Their manners are not equal to his' (Chapter four) As the manners were of a high standard in the Bennet family, she disliked them due to this reason, which illustrates her prejudice attitude and pride towards the Bingley sisters. ...read more.


In chapter 15 Wickham for the first time meets Elizabeth and Jane. He takes this as an ideal opportunity to repel Elizabeth to Darcy and for himself to marry Elizabeth, as Elizabeth tells him that she dislikes Darcy, Wickham takes the opportunity and agrees: 'I have no right to give my opinion, as to his being agreeable or otherwise. I am not qualified to form one. I have known him too long and too well to be a fair judge. It is impossible for me to be impartial. But I would believe your opinion of him would in general astonish.' (Chapter fifteen) As Elizabeth has is so prejudice towards at this point she takes this into account and believes Wickham. He told her of what sort of a person he was in a downside view. Jane Austin is saying that people shouldn't judge a person by what they are from the outside and that they should take a deeper look into what they are actually are like. - ...read more.

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