Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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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.
Through Austen’s use of characterization she explains how social prejudice prevents true love from unraveling. Austen’s develops her characters exceptionally well and they all contribute to the resolution and plot of the novel. Elizabeth has a quick-witted sense of humor, is honest, virtuous, and lively. All of Elizabeth’s attributes enable her to rise above the nonsense that engulfs her class-bound and often spiteful society. 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...

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... 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).
In Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” through strong characters she demonstrates how prejudice between social classes blinds the heart from falling in love. Austen’s flawless utilization of characterization and her ideas of society and class develop a timeless love story that invites the heart to become consumed with love. Each device that Austen uses paints a vivid picture in the readers mind and helps the plot of the story unfold. The characters that Austen uses each play a huge role in how the story will end and add suspense and interest while reading the entire novel.
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