Pride And Prejudice By Jane Austen

1384 Words May 29th, 2015 6 Pages
Nicole Voyatzis
Professor W. Acres
HISTORY 1401E
May 26, 2015
Discussion Paper - Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice written in 1813 by Jane Austen tells the story of The Bennet’s and their five unmarried daughters. The family live as part of the lower gentry in early 19th century England. With that being said, Mrs. Bennet’s primary focus in life is to ensure that all her daughters are married, preferably to wealthy men. The book begins with Mrs. Bennet seeing an opportunity for her daughters to be married as Mr. Bingley, a nouveau riche gentlemen, moves into a nearby estate. After much persuasion, Mrs. Bennet gets her husband to have their daughters meet Mr. Bingley and his haughty friend, Mr. Darcy. Mr. Bingley is immediately attracted to Jane, the eldest daughter. However, Darcy has a difficult time adapting to local society; specifically he and Elizabeth do not get on well as she sees him as pretentious and he sees her as lower class.
After a few meetings, Darcy eventually finds himself attracted to Elizabeth despite his hostilities to her family. While Darcy becomes more interested in Elizabeth, she continues to be hesitant towards him. One day Darcy surprisingly proposes to Elizabeth but she refuses him because she is still appalled by his pride. She also believes he is responsible for breaking up the relationship between Bingley and Jane. The next day, Elizabeth receives a letter from Darcy explaining that he was not responsible for the tarnished…
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