Pride And Prejudice Themes

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Themes: Pride Prejudice Reputation Pride In the novel, Pride and Prejudice, pride is one of the prevailing themes as it can be depicted through several occasions. The first scene would be when Fitzwilliam Darcy chooses not to dance with Elizabeth at the ball because “is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt [him].” (19) It is rumored that Darcy is a man of 10,000 pounds, thus making it reasonable for him not to be seen associating with Elizabeth because of her lower social status and because she is not pretty enough to catch Darcy’s attention. Another depiction of pride would be when Darcy first declares that “[his] feelings [must] not be repressed” (170) and that “[he] admires and loves [Elizabeth],” (170) but Elizabeth kindly rejects his proposal because of her pride. Darcy’s proposal dwelled upon Elizabeth’s lower social status and how Darcy “liked [Elizabeth] against [his] will, against [his] reason, and even against [his] character.” (171) Despite Darcys high reputation, Elizabeth’s pride is what made her reject Darcy because of how proud he was of himself and how he looked down upon Elizabeth. Pride can easily be depicted as the story progresses to the very end and not only from a few minor characters, but from major characters as well. Prejudice As the novel progresses on, another prevailing theme, aside from pride, is prejudice. During the ball, Elizabeth immediately depicts prejudice towards Darcy. Darcy comes off as pompous and snobby, “[he is] the proudest, most disagreeable man in the world.” (18) His reasoning for not wanting to dance with Elizabeth was also what made Elizabeth prejudice towards Darcy, she showed “no… cordial feelings towards him” (19) by the end of the night. Mrs. Gardiner also displays her prejudice as she is the one that doesn’t want Elizabeth to associate with Wickham because of his impoverishment.
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