Pride Essay

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"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife" (Austen 1). This line illustrates great foreshadowing of the central theme of Pride and Prejudice. It is a tale of love overcoming the obstacles of pride and prejudice. The story revolves around Elizabeth Bennet, the second of five Bennet daughters. Elizabeth is charming and clever, although she is quick to judge others. She represents prejudice throughout the novel. She is her father's favorite, and from him inherits her sharp wit. Despite her mother's wishes, Elizabeth is interested in finding a husband with a compatible personality, rather than one with great wealth. Pride is represented by Elizabeth's counterpart, Fitzwilliam Darcy. Mr Collins introduction to Elizabeth is not a pleasant one although he is too ignorant to notice. Elizabeth finds Mr Collins ³a conceited, pompous, narrow-minded, silly man² (pg 115). Her observation is quite correct. Elizabeth¹s rejection of Mr Collin¹s marriage proposal was a revolutionary landmark in the context of the novel. Although rejecting a man who you do not love is a self-evident truth for us in todays society, in 1813, it was a far less obvious matter. Mr Collins was socially desirable, he would provide Elizabeth a home, respectability and long term stability for the Bennet family. However, on a personal level, Elizabeth realizes that Mr Collins would have brought her to insanity and that she could never love such a man. As the readers we are positioned to feel empathy towards Elizabeth. We are influenced to agree with her attitudes on marrying only for love and we realize that our heroines fate can never be happy until she has married for the correct purposes. Mr. Collins seems to be looking to make things better only for himself. Among his reasons for marriage, he states that as a clergyman

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