Prevailing Pride

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Prevailing Pride
In a Victorian society, it is the ideal for a woman to not only marry, but also marry into a higher and more reputable class. In Pride and Prejudice, marriage is a given societal standard, and this assumed universal truth fixes itself into the minds of the Bennet family as they push their daughters to receive proposals and get married. This desire becomes a reality as at the end of the novel, both sisters happily yet ironically marry wealthy and reputable men despite the numerous obstacles of pride and prejudice that stand in the way. Through the ironic development of Elizabeth and Darcy’s feelings toward one another, Austen criticizes the institution of marriage in a society where pride and reputation are held to a higher
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When discussing the previous night’s ball with some of the other women of Longbourn, Elizabeth agrees that Darcy’s pride is justified because he has everything in his favor. She continues and claims that she could easily forgive him for his pride, “if he had not mortified” hers through his demeaning words and gestures (Austen 17). Elizabeth, ironically, is too prideful to admit Darcy’s fine character, and she defends herself by belittling him. Even after meeting and conversing with Darcy numerous times, Elizabeth finds it difficult to overlook his arrogance. Elizabeth conceives the idea no good can branch from Darcy’s pride, and she questions if his “abominable pride has ever done him good?” (68). Elizabeth sees his pride as a negative aspect to his character and views it as unadmirable. In her mind, wealth directly correlates with arrogance. Elizabeth makes a promise to herself to never become involved with Darcy, for she wants no relationship with such a seemingly crude…show more content…
For instance, Darcy conquers his egotism as he openly accepts his flaws and agrees that they are “heavy indeed!” (158). It is in this moment that Darcy realizes he may have lost Elizabeth, and he immediately puts his pride on standby as he accepts his faults for the sake of love. Additionally, Elizabeth finally overcomes her own superciliousness as she civilly argues with Lady Catherine and proclaims that she will no longer refuse Darcy’s proposal, but rather she will “constitute my [her] happiness” (290). Elizabeth no longer feels restricted to her original beliefs of Darcy’s arrogance as he has proven himself loving and
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