Nurturing Character of “Pride and Prejudice”

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Pride and prejudice is a beautiful, semi-epistolary romance novel about the love and relationships in Regency Britain, set in a fictional town called Meryton in Hertfordshire. It also tells a story about how even the most perceptive people can quickly and wrongly judge people as proud or unloving, when in fact, they are just shy and unable to cope with difficulties. Most people think that there too much amatory and womanish themes, and it is a romance novel for ladies only. But I think this novel nurtures both male and female, it has a great influence on the developing one’s character, so it is good both for teenagers and mature people. Firstly, Austen helps us to distinguish what is appearance, and what is reality. The bright example is Mrs. Lady de Bourgh. From the first pages we see her as a rich, bossy noblewoman, who is proud of herself, of her high blood and the social rank. But more me read her, more we learn her to be the same as the middle-class Mrs. Bennet. “Ill-natured” gossips, the only difference between them is the possession of fortune. Secondly, we learn what is pride and what is prejudice. The first time Elizabeth see Mr. Darcy she see such vanity and pride. He is “at the same time haughty, reserved, and fastidious, and his manners, though well bred, are not inviting”, he is conceited. She is sure, that “pride – where there is a real superiority of mind, pride will be always under good regulation”. But when she receives letter from him, she understands it was very bad of her to think about him in such a way. Thirdly, Austen shows her readers that there is difference between love and marriage. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”. According to Charlotte “happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance… and it is better to know as little as possible of the
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