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Adolescence and adulthood in Pride and Prejudice.

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Introduction

664 The definition of adolescence is commonly known as the transitional period between puberty and adulthood in human development, extending mainly over the teen years and terminating legally when the age of majority is reached; youth. The definition of adulthood is commonly known as having attained full size and strength; grown up; mature. So the two are very different but yet still have some similarities between the two. The book Pride and Prejudice has many background meanings, to me it has one, the stage of growing up and becoming an adult. There are many traits that classify an adult and a youth. Also, both Jane and Darcy share some traits that are similar to each other, yet they also have some that are different. ...read more.

Middle

Then, searching for approval is an easy one, teens and the youth are trying to make their parents like them in some way but it does not always work out that way. Adult behavior is a lot different from the youth behavior. Adulthood is all about making the right choices, growing up, living with your mistakes, and being mature. Darcy and Elizabeth both show these characteristics. Both Darcy and Lizzy, both act as adults but as the novel goes on, they mature a lot more, Elizabeth less than Darcy. Darcy matures towards the middle of the novel. He is an adult but he does have traits from adolescence. Sometimes in the novel you will here, quotes from Elizabeth's family saying, " Don't do this, don't do that, be nice." ...read more.

Conclusion

You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me."(13) In conclusion, we can see that adolescence and adulthood both play a very important role in this novel. The meaning of adolescence can be defined as the transitional period between puberty and adulthood in human development, extending mainly over the teen years and terminating legally when the age of majority is reached; youth. The definition of adulthood is known as having attained full size and strength; grown up; mature. Both Elizabeth and Darcy act as adults throughout the whole novel, in the end more than in the beginning. They never truly acted as an adolescent. I compared and contrasted the two, in their behaviors. I also, discussed the chart we did as class work. ...read more.

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