Pride and Prejudice

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As the novel’s title shows, pride and prejudice are some of its major themes as it shows the influences on the characters and their relationships. Pride and prejudice go hand in hand together in the novel. Pride blinds Elizabeth and Darcy to their feelings towards one another, while prejudice was shown in the characters as they would judge one another based on assumptions, not on who they really were. Darcy isolated himself from others at first because of his intense pride, and he was prejudice against the Bennet's because of their poverty. Elizabeth, on the other hand, was prejudice against Darcy because of his snobbery. This blinded her to not see his feelings for her.
The two main characters in the novel are Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Elizabeth Bennet is the second daughter in the Bennet family. She is quick-witted, lively, playful, attractive, and the smartest out of her sisters. However, her wittiness has a tendency to judge people on first impression. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the owner of the renowned family estate of Pemberley in Derbyshire, is the son of a wealthy, well-established family. He is handsome, tall, intelligent, and also has a tendency to judge people harshly. His wealth makes him overly proud of his social status. The conflict is more of an inner conflict because Elizabeth is confused about her feelings toward Darcy. She gets frustrated because she mistakes Mr. Darcy's personality toward her as arrogance, when in reality, he only acts like that because he doesn’t know how to show his true feelings for her. Elizabeth doesn’t want to get forced to get married, so she is almost completely opposed to the idea of a relationship. She is also scared of the chances of a marriage without love, so she fights her ...

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... male heir, Mr. Collins, and Elizabeth still rejects Darcy's proposal of marriage, even though he is rich and handsome. She didn’t consider him because she did not realize that she loved him at the time.
From the novel, I learned that first impressions may not always be the best and to always give a person a second chance. You can never judge someone from meeting them once. You should socialize and get to know someone before judging them. Also, I learned that it’s okay to not be good at everything. Elizabeth is interesting because she’s not perfect. In the novel, she and Darcy talk about what an “accomplished” woman is. Darcy says that an “accomplished” woman would be able to play music, sing, dance, draw, speak several languages, and read frequently. Instead of pretending to have these qualities or feel embarrassed that she doesn’t, Elizabeth accepts who she is.
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