The Challenges In Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, is largely a novel about overcoming obstacles and achieving romantic bliss. The protagonist, Elizabeth, and her eventual husband, Mr. Darcy, must surmount their main obstacle – their mutual dislike of each other at the beginning of the novel. As the storyline progresses, these two characters slowly gravitate toward each other, and their union becomes inevitable. Sharp insight allows both Elizabeth and Darcy to overcome their own pride and prejudices against one another, and ultimately undergo a transformation to fall in love. The second of five daughters in the Bennet family, Elizabeth, is the heroine of Pride and Prejudice. Her intellect is expressed through her quick-witted dialogue. Elizabeth easily recognizes the foolish and inappropriate behavior of her family, but this tendency to make hasty discernments led to her own misjudgment of Mr. Darcy. Mr. Darcy, the hero of the novel, is initially portrayed as the snobbish and arrogant holder of the impressive Pemberly estate. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s first encounter is at the Meryton ball. Mr. Darcy believes that none of the girls in attendance are suitable dance partners for his close friend, Mr. Bingley. Bingley suggests that he should dance with Elizabeth, and Darcy responds by saying “she is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me” (Austen Chapter…show more content…
In the rain, Elizabeth walks the entire distance from Longbourn to Netherfield to check on Jane, and when she arrives her cheeks are flushed and dress is stained with mud. At this point, a slight change occurs within Darcy when he acknowledges Elizabeth’s “pair of fine eyes” (Austen Chapter 6). Elizabeth has enthralled Mr. Darcy, but in his eyes, there is still a major impediment – her social class and lack of wealth. He fears of falling in love and begins to feel the danger of “paying Elizabeth too much attention" (Austen Chapter

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