In Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” the story of two unlikely lovers unfolds. Elizabeth Bennett, the second eldest of five sisters, unfortunately has a mother who wants her to marry rich. When Elizabeth first encounters Fitzwilliam Darcy they mutually dislike each other. The two characters undergo conflicts that revolve around each other. As the story progresses Mr. Darcy finds a likeness for Elizabeth that she does not return. After Mr. Darcy proposes to Elizabeth, that she rejects, he clears up all the mistakes that Elizabeth believed he had made. Elizabeth then realizes that Mr. Darcy evolves much like herself, she falls in love with him, and he finally proposes to her, which she accepts. Through Austen’s use of strong character’s she illustrates how society and class can produce prejudice between two people madly in love.
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The Pride and Prejudice is an 18th century novel written by Jane Austen. Jane Austen published this book in 1813,anonymously, along with other novels. This novel contains not only important themes of love, but it also teaches the reader about social class, and how London’s society was ( Jane Austen- bio). Although Jane Austen was not a very known author of her time, her family supported her efforts in publishing her cleverly written novels. George Austen, Jane’s father, sent a draft of the Pride and Prejudice into a publishing company, but the novel was rejected ( Jane Austen’s Life). Thankfully later it was published, and since then Jane Austen’s work has been treasured. Many of her novels were published even after her death. Now the novels she has written have become classic novels that can be found on the shelves of many American homes.
Even after its publication in 1813 Jane’s Austen’s romantic and wonderfully written masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice, remains an absolute joy to read for thousands and thousands of readers across the globe. The 19th century novel enchants the youngest of readers to the wisest of souls. Many individuals all over the world, very much like us as university students here at Villanova, are quite intrigued by the amazingly created characters, impressively dynamic portrayal of an oppressively class-bound culture, and the vitality of a strong woman at the center of the novel. Jane Austen presents the reader with the most tantalizing and illustrious opening sentence, which enamors the reader and never lets go. "It is a truth universally acknowledged,
On the surface, Jane Austen's 1813 novel, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of how three of the five daughters of a family living in 19th century England become engaged to be married. Underlying themes of the story, however, reveal a message about growing up and the judgments of people based on either outward appearances, behavior, or secondhand information from another person. The title of the novel proves to be extremely fitting, as Elizabeth, the main protagonist, learns that too much pride, along with many unjustified prejudices come to result in ignorance as to who a person really is inside and renders one incapable of finding true love.
Elizabeth begins to see she has truly misinterpreted both men saying that she had been “blind, partial, prejudiced and absurd” (Austen 137). Austen states that “Pride and Prejudice, like her other novels, is about people who learn (though some fail to learn) to recognize good in others, and therefore they themselves become better people” (Austen vii). This letter expresses the theme and can be viewed as the turning point of the novel.
Throughout Jane Austen’s, Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennett faces many challenges to realize that she was in the wrong and her prejudice against Mr. Darcy was misguided. Austen emphasizes the importance of wisdom through Elizabeth who faces the challenge of overcoming her prejudiced judgement to reach maturity and recognize the man she loves.