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Pride and Prejudice - Analytical Essay

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Pride & Prejudice

The progress between Elizabeth’s and Darcy’s relationship, in Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice (1813) illustrates and explores several the key themes in the novel. Their relationship highlights class expectations, pride and prejudice, and marriage, and how they play a major role in determining the course of their association. These are outlined through their first prejudiced dislike of each other when they first meet, the stronger feelings for Elizabeth that develop on Darcy’s side, her rejection in Darcy’s first proposal, then her change of opinion and lastly the mutual love they form for one another. Pride and Prejudice is set up as a satire, commenting on human idiocy, and Jane Austen
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To this discovery succeeded some others equally mortifying. Though he had detected with a critical eye more than one failure of perfect symmetry in her form, he was forced to acknowledge her figure to be light and pleasing; and in spite of his asserting that her manners were not those of the fashionable world, he was caught by their easy playfulness. Of this she was perfectly unaware; to her he was only the man who made himself agreeable nowhere, and who had not thought her handsome enough to dance with.” This introduces his growing affections for Elizabeth, with stronger feelings developing on his side. His prejudice and some of the class expectation have disappeared. Darcy wants to know more about Elizabeth, to be able to converse with her, by listening to her discussion with others. Much later his feelings for her have grown very strong and he builds up the courage to tell her. Darcy says "In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." He then proceeds to propose to her, but Elizabeth rejects him, and he angrily says “And this is all the
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