Pride and Prejudice: Influences on Society

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As Jane Austen says, “a lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment. I knew you would be wishing me joy” (26). Today, for most people, love comes first in the process of matrimony— followed by the actual marriage. Women living in the 1800s have only wealth in mind when deciding who to marry; which is entirely different from individuals today, who consider various aspects of a person other than material objects. In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the archetypes of sisters, ritual and the woods/river, the character analysis of Mr. Darcy and the moral lesson that your initial judgments aren’t always right are some of the multifarious that reveal the underlined meaning of the…show more content…
It was also the first time they were alone. They had begun to realize that they had a more significant feeling for each other than hatred. Within the first few chapters of the story, we were introduced to Mr. Darcy. He was automatically given a negative judgment. Pride…is a very common failing, I believe. By all that I have ever read, I am convinced that it is very common indeed, that human nature is particularly prone to it, and that there are very few of us who do not cherish a feeling of self- complacency on the score of some quality or other, real or imaginary. Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us (Austen 18-19). This was when all of the girls were carrying on a conversation about the dance the night before. Mostly everyone was cutting Mr. Darcy down, other than Mary, one of the five Bennet sisters, who defended him. She stated that pride is not always a horrible thing and people often presume two characteristics, pride and vanity, the two are interchangeable; when, in reality, they have two completely different definitions. This is also foreshadowing that later on in the story we will find out that Mr. Darcy could have an
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