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Joe Write's film Pride and Prejudice explores the various types of love and marriage. The two marriages that are most easily comparable are those between the Bennet's, who's marriage is a disaster, and the Gardiners, who are mutually compatible and supportive. Pride and prejudice are additional centers concerns of this film.   Although several of the characters, including Elizabeth, display some measure of destructive pride, it is Darcy who is the fully embodiment of a totally proud and arrogant man. While pride is a natural adjunct to an aristocrat, in Darcy’s case it becomes his worst foe as it initially binds him within the narrow confines of the upper crust of society and gives him a distaste for the world which lies outside. Although he is attracted to Elizabeth, he is condescending towards her because of her inferior social level and her crass family. Even when he realizes his love for her and proposes, he is insulting and proud in his manner, causing Elizabeth to immediately reject his offer. Of course, she already holds a blind prejudice against him for the way in which he has earlier treated her and because of Wickham’s lies about him. Elizabeth’s rejection hurts Darcy’s pride and causes him to do some self analysis. Darcy’s later kindnesses to her and her family in connection to the elopement of Lydia and Wickham cause Elizabeth to do a similar self analysis. In the end, the couple rises above their pride and prejudice, finding true love for and admiration of one another. Through Darcy and Elizabeth, Jane Austen clearly shows the harm that can be done when people do not see the truth about themselves or others.
I have a strong attachment to this film, and being an ardent fan of Jane Austen, I was more then happy to find that this movie emulated the most important themes, had believable character development, interesting settings, and a brisk pace which makes the film’s length seem shorter than its satisfying one hundred and twenty seven minutes.   The...

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