Analysis of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Forster's A Room With A View

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Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ utilises setting to reveal Darcy’s true character and allows Elizabeth to gain a true understanding of his nature. Pemberley estate is placed at the centre of the novel both literally and figuratively. In terms of Pemberley’s literal meaning, it informs the reader that the estate belongs to Darcy, while figuratively it reflects the charm of his character. Elizabeth Bennet’s visit to Pemeberly illuminates’ Darcy’s moral fibre, she is enchanted by its beauty and good taste; she is thrown by the vivid and vastly spread nature surrounding Pemeberly. In contrast, Forster’s ‘A Room with a View’ utilises place more frequently, primarily to reveal character and act as a metaphor for a repressed society. Italy and England are used to mirror these metaphorical and differing ways of life.

Austen uses little description in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ with the exception of Pemberley estate and Rosing’s. In ‘Pride and Prejudice’ Pemberley overwhelms Elizabeth as she is faced with ‘beautiful woods stretched through wide extents’, ‘It was a large, handsome, stone building standing well on vying grounds’ and through ‘every window there was beauties to be seen’. Elizabeth detested Darcy for his arrogance; her harsh feelings blinded her from seeing the goodness of his character. Furthermore, Darcy’s persuasion of Bingley to keep away from Jane confirmed for her that he was selfish and unworthy. The readers can deduce that Darcy is misjudged in his character. Furthermore, Pemberley’ physical splendour unravels the hidden beauty within him. Mrs Reynolds says that she has ‘never heard a cross word from him in her life and she has known him since he was four’ and that ‘he was always the sweetest’. Darcy treats his estate w...

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To conclude, both Lucy Honey church and Elizabeth Bennet are influenced by place as their attitudes towards love and social etiquettes in the case of Lucy or Pride and morality in Elizabeth’s case change to become understanding and willingly accepting. Pemberley becomes a symbol of Darcy and Elizabeth’s love and unification while Italy and George lift away the social repression that Lucy was suffering from.

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