First Impressions in Pride & Prejudice

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First Impressions in Pride & Prejudice Every time I meet someone new, I think to myself, “I have to make a good first impression.” First impressions can be extremely important because they can sometimes form a definite representation of the person. First impressions are lasting impressions. Many people feel the need to make a good first impression, as they may feel like others are judging them. We live in a very subconscious society. We care too much of what others think of us. In some cases, you could create a false impression of yourself, which could make you seem to have a entirely different personality. In the novel Pride and Prejudice, first impressions are a key theme. The narrative describes how the prejudices and first impressions (especially those dealing with pride) of the main characters change throughout the novel. First impressions cause these characters’ preconceived notions, based on wealth and class to activate more pride and prejudice against each other. The first impressions that major characters, such as Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, perceive of each other, directly leads to their own pride and prejudice. In fact, author of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen had originally titled it First Impressions. However, this novel is not entirely about first impressions. The novel takes this theme much further and delves deeper to show us the result that first impressions can make on Jane Austen’s characters. Yes, it is easy to find the first impressions about the characters through the first few chapters, but the author also wants to show us the effects of those impressions on the individual character, which shows us the prejudices of the characters. Hence, the new and better suited name of the novel Pride & Prejudice. The author fluently characterizes the deficiencies of Mr. Darcy who displays his “pride" at the beginning of the
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