Expository Essay: Pride and Prejudice

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IS THE TITLE ‘PRIDE AND PREJUDICE’ AN APPROPRIATE TITLE FOR THE BOOK? PROVIDE EXAMPLES FROM THE TEXT TO JUSTIFY YOUR REASONING AND RESPONSE. One of Jane Austen’s most well known books, Pride and Prejudice, is about just that. Pride and Prejudice. The title is quite self-explanatory and any reader could guess what the book was about. Jane Austen had famously described the book to be ‘rather too light & bright & sparkling’( Introduction xi). The interpretation that statement gives the reader is that the issues of love and marriage of a lower class was quite the taboo subject that was never really discussed. Although the book seemed to be lightly funny, there is a deeper meaning to this book. One of the earliest examples of pride and prejudice would have started at the ball, where Mr Darcy first made an entrance into Elizabeth’s life. He appeared to hover over his dear friend, Mr Bingley and was barely involved in any conversation. He moved with the upper class and dared not to associate with the lower citizens of the ball. He did not dance, not even when he was invited by Mr Bingley. He replied to Mr Bingley saying that, unless he was further aquainted with his dance partner, he detests dancing. Darcy further stated that any other lady in the room, apart from Mr Bingley’s already engaged sisters, would be a punishment for him to dance with. (Chapter 3, page 13).(“I certainly shall not. You know how I detest it, unless I am particularly aquainted with my partner. At such an assembly as this, it would be insupportable. Your sisters are engaged, and there is not another woman in the room, whom it would not be a punishment to me to stand up with”.) Mr Bingley tries to convince Mr Darcy to dance with Elizabeth who is sitting behind the pair. Mr Bingley thinks Elizabeth is quite agreeable and very pretty. Mr Darcy turns around and makes eye contact and
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