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Pride and Prejudice is about love and nothing else! How far do you agree with this statement?

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English Essay By Romana Ating?a Pride and Prejudice is about love and nothing else! How far do you agree with this statement? Word count: 1,339 The novel ?Pride and Prejudice? by Jane Austen is a love story that is both serious and entertaining. However the story is not all about love, there are other themes that arise as the story develops. Some of themes that can be seen can be derived from love such as marriage. To some extended one can say that Pride and Prejudice is all about love and nothing else. In the beginning of the story we are introduced to the Bennet, the Bingley siblings and Mr. Darcy who play a key role in making this novel all about love. During the first ball in the story where Mr. Bingley is introduced to the Bennet sisters, we see that Mr. Bingley falls in love with Miss Bennet, the eldest of the Bennet sister. In chapter three Mr. Bingley tells Mr. Darcy that Miss Bennet is the most attractive person he has ever seen, ??Oh! She is the most beautiful creature I ever beheld!?? this statement shows how much Mr. Bingley was captivated by Miss Bennet?s beauty and the exclamation marks shows how excited he was to tell his friend. ...read more.

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I admire and love you.?? the word ?repressed? conveys the ideas that Mr. Darcy can no longer hide his feelings and that the feelings that he has for Elizabeth are very strong. Mr. Darcy then goes on to ask for Elizabeth?s hand in marriage to which she rejects. Mr. Darcy however continues to show Elizabeth that he loves and that his feelings haven?t changed towards her. Mr. Darcy pays off Mr. Wickham when he marries Lydia and before that he had helped Elizabeth?s Uncle search for them when they could not be traced. It is evident that this feeling mutual as Elizabeth?s feelings towards Mr. Darcy change. In chapter fifty nine when Jane learns that her sister is engaged to Mr. Darcy, she questions Elizabeth?s love for Mr. Darcy to which Elizabeth replies saying ??? I did not always love him so well as I do now.?? This statement shows her change of heart. Nevertheless it would not be correct to say that Pride and Prejudice is all about love and nothing else as in the novel there are many other themes present. In the novel there was theme that was clearly depicted and that is class. Theme of class also comes with sub themes such as money and wealth. ...read more.

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This view can be seen again with example of Charlotte Lucas who is marrying for ?a comfortable home?. Women lived in the shadow of men and were disempowered this is seen in Charlotte Lucas marriage to Mr. Collins. In addition to this women were expected to remain passive. Women were expected to be accomplished; they were expected to be able sing, play the piano, draw, read and dance. We can see that Miss Darcy is praised highly on her accomplishments; she plays a number of instruments and she can draw as well. Elizabeth helps in portraying the theme of defiance and individuality. Elizabeth is witty person who speaks out her mind in every occasion. By speaking out her mind she portrays the idea that she is defiant as she doesn?t conform to her society?s norms which state that she has to be passive and submissive. When Lady Catherine de Bourgh first meets Elizabeth she says ??You speak your opinion very decidedly for a woman of your age.?? Even when Lady Catherine de Bourgh came to oppose her engagement to Mr. Darcy she spokes her opinion decidedly. Elizabeth challenges her society?s expectations of her and this to some makes her a pioneer of sexual equality. In conclusion Pride and Prejudice is not all about love there are other themes that are also the building blocks of Pride and Prejudice. Pride and Prejudice may seem like a novel about love and nothing else however other ideas tend to arise. ...read more.

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