Theme Of Irony In Pride And Prejudice

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Everyone can be prideful and prejudice at some point in their life and this is easier to acknowledge when talked about indirectly. Jane Austen uses characters within Pride and Prejudice to open readers’ eyes and help them evaluate their own lives through irony on this subject. Both ‘pride’ and ‘prejudice’ coincide with one another and both have negative consequences. Throughout the book, readers see the intricate, thought through characters’ strengths and weaknesses when it deals with the opinion of others and oneself as well as their response to both opinions. The title Pride and Prejudice is pertinent to the book as a while because it sets the stage for readers as they partake in the journey and progression of the book. Pride is a high or …show more content…

When an individual is prejudice, they are forming an opinion without knowledge, thought, or reason which is foolish and can have fatal consequences. The Latin word for prejudice is praejudicium, which means judgment in advance, doing something in advance is premature and fatal. Doing something prematurely cuts the growth process short and damages the product. For instance, when a chef bakes a soufflé he doesn’t take the soufflé out before it is properly baked because if it was taken out prematurely the soufflé would not be suitable to eat and could make someone sick, which would hurt other people and damage the soufflé. Furthermore, Pride and Prejudice deals with characters making premature opinions about other characters which leads to destruction and creates a longer restoring process for both parties in the relationship. For example, Elizabeth judges Mr. Darcy because he offended her by saying she wasn’t handsome enough for him and then she hears from Wickham, an unreliable source, someone she barely knows, that Mr. Darcy is a cheater among other things when what she could’ve done was put her hurt feelings aside so she could evaluate and find the truth on who Mr. Darcy really is. The consequence of her premature opinion is the struggle she then faces when cultivating a relationship with him. Continuing with Elizabeth …show more content…

Pride deals with the inner man and his thoughts on himself. The readers are given many examples of this through Mr. Darcy and believing he is better because of his high status to Lydia, a stubborn young lady, wanting love. Then prejudice deals with relationships and their premature opinions, which is also seen in several examples such as Elizabeth judging Mr. Darcy too early and never judging Wickham until the end. It is crucial to have Pride and Prejudice is the title because it is the set up for the rest of the book then when the readers dive into the book they see the examples, irony, and

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