Henry Fielding proposed in his Miscellanies, that conversation should resemble "that reciprocal Interchange of ideas, by which Truth is examined, and all our Knowledge communicated to each other [and which] contributes to the moral improvement of society but presupposes, under ideal circumstances, a reciprocity between participants." Austen confirms this view of discourse in her novel by creating a hierarchy of language and making clear and meaningful conversation possible only between "persons whose Understanding is pretty near on an Equality with our own" (Fielding 120). Characters of fortune and education who speak in accordance with the rules of pragmatics and social decorum are, in turn, rewarded through matrimonial bonds with characters of similar communicative merit. Based upon an equality of understanding, these relationships are marked by "truth and sincerity in all dealings with each other" (430). Contrarily, characters of low birth and ill breeding are stigmatized by an inferiority of language and a predisposition for misinterpretation, which renders them incapable of communication in its true sense.
Although Stovel’s idea has great potential for expansion, he fails at explaining this concept clearly. It is difficult to grasp the connection between the “moral” engagement of Elizabeth in “protecting herself from her own sharp intelligence” and her being “humiliated by Charlotte’s defection” (29). After all, Elizabeth prides herself on being a “studier of character” (Austen, 38) and she is shocked at – not “humiliated by” – Charlotte’s marriage to Mr. Collins. Elizabeth cannot believe her friend’s defection, because she has previously told Charlotte that it is unsound to believe “it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life” (Austen, 21). Stovel states that Elizabeth’s “psychological predicament” is being unable to think well of others (Stovel, 29).
Whichever title Jane austen would have chosen would have easily given the reader immense amounts of insight into the work before even taking it off the shelf. The work focuses its attention on the pride and prejudices the character Elizabeth Bennet. Elizabeth’s assessment of other characters dispositions are fairly correct but her track record is still about fifty-fifty. Even though Elizabeth is correct about Lady Catherine de Bourgh and how self-righteous and condescending she is, furthermore Mr. Collins and how ridiculously self-centered he is, her first impressions of Mr. Wickham and Mr. Darcy prove to be inaccurate. To start with Mr. Wickham is seen to be a gentle...
Darcy's generosity and genuine concern for others is again confirmed by his unsolicited aid in disentangling the imprudent affairs of Wickham and Lydia. Austen also indirectly asserts that behavior is subject to outside influence and that any constituent of behavior can be cultivated. For example, Elizabeth realizes Darcy's pride after hearing him respond to Bingley that, "she is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me,"(Austen 9). Elizabeth's prejudice is cultivated by her mother who states that,"...he is a most disagreeable, horrid man, not at all worth pleasing. So high and conceited that there was no enduring him!
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She devices great character development that they seem to fit so well inside their world. She is known as a classic writing because of these things: the precision writing, the character development, and her wit that peaks through. Interpretation In nineteenth century England, home life was quite different but also similar to this time period. In Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen she shows this time period beautifully. She
Finally, her judgment... ... middle of paper ... ...ves; and her whole heart became, in time, as much devoted to her husband, as it had once been to Willoughby.” (203.III. XIV) Marianne is not a perfect character, but her emotions and spirit add a depth and realness that jumps off the page. Her ethical code of values allows her find balance and saves her from tragedy. It is Marianne’s conversion in Sense and Sensibility that holds the novel together and where the lesson lies. The romantic appeal of Marianne as a heroine is strong; readers must ascertain a balance of sense and sensibility along side Marianne.
These are some of the reasons why, while Darcy falls each time more in love with Elizabeth, she grows more disguised by him. To worsen the situation, Darcy proposes to Elizabeth in a very unfitting manner. Austen describes, “he was not more eloquent on the subject of tenderness than of pride. His sense of her inferiority- of its being a degradation- of the family obstacles which had always opposed to inclination, were dwelt on with a warmth which seemed due to the consequence he was wounding, but was very unlikely to recommend his suit”(124). This reveals that in his proposal, Darcy focused on Elizabeth’s inferiority regarding poor family connections and low social rank.
Understanding the Wife of Bath’s motivations for her actions through the tale provides an explanation, and, from a sympathetic point of view, an excuse for her negative behavior. Through the voice of the old hag giving the knight two choices, the Wife of Bath highlights an issue that has been central to the formation of her own moral character. She strongly believes that God gave her the freedom of choice, and she is taking that freedom to make decisions in her own best interest. Her decisions and resulting behavior, although morally questionable, are the result of her attempts to rise above her station in life. Evidence of this freedom of choice is shown when the old hag in the tale poses this question to the knight: “You have two choices; which one will you try” (Chaucer 291)?
Austen displays Elizabeth as an independent woman who does not cloud her judgment by the desire to be in a higher class; she is content with herself and does not need a man to be satisfied with life. She quickly judges others, which causes her to be lead astray from the truth. To illustrate Elizabeth’s eagerness to judge this quote serves as an example as she quickly judges Mr. Darcy, "And your defect is a propensity to hate everybody"(Austen 58). From her first encounter... ... middle of paper ... ... and until the resolution of the story do the readers finally feel happiness for the characters. The characters must overcome these struggles and, “to accomplish the author’s purpose, they must overcome both external obstacles and the personal flaws suggested in the title of the book”(Reisman 2).