‘in Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen Offers a Bitting Critique of Society. Discuss.’

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In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen does not offer a harsh critique, but rather highlights the flaws in society in her opinion, using comparisons. Through these comparisons she states her opinion that the social norms of her time are not always correct. Her critique of the society isn’t biting because she points out the flaws according to her opinion and uses righteous examples to warrant her view. She uses examples of different marriages and personalities to persuade the reader of her viewpoint. From the first sentence in the book, ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife’, it is known that the novel will be exploring the theme of marriage. Austen explores the characters different thoughts on marriage and what their reason for marriage would be. She also explores how the majority of society perceives pride as a failing quality rather than a positive. Prejudice is another theme largely explored in this book. Through the characters Austen shows that during her time of life, people were very quick to judge and first impressions were everything. The story of Pride and Prejudice explores these three themes of marriage, pride and prejudice through the various characters of the novel. The story depicts these societal norms in great depth by providing a contrast of character to show that there is more to society and life than a person’s image in the community. Austen uses Elizabeth’s character in the novel to portray her opinions and thoughts Marriage is a largely discussed topic within the community of Meryton. Elizabeth believes one should only marry for love and not for social standing or wealth. She also believes that a good marriage must have mutual respect for another and change people for the better. Elizabeth shows that she truly believes this as she later goes on to marry Mr Darcy. It
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