Pride and Prejudice and A Midsummer Night's Dream

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First Impressions Revisited
“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
-William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
‘Pride and Prejudice' first appeared between 1796 and 1797 under the title, ‘First Impressions'. At first, the novel was written anonymously; however, after Jane Austen's death, the novel became publicly known to people. The novel itself is a comedy of manners set in a quiet and charming rural England, between 1796 and 1813; to be exact, Pride and Prejudice is set amidst Napoleonic Wars, dating from 1797 up to 1815. In Austen's words, the novel was ‘light and bright and sparkling'. The quote from William Shakespeare best describes the love stories of Jane Bennet and Charles Bingley; Elizabeth Bennet and
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Darcy, the antagonist-turned-protagonist in the novel. His pride blinds his judgment of people. Darcy judges people through their manners hence, because of his dislike in Elizabeth's family manners; he separated Charles and Jane away from each other, leaving Elizabeth's sister heartbroken. Austen's books are written with satirical humor best represented by Mr. Collins and Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Mr. Collins is a comical and pompous, snobbish clergyman living at Hunsford parsonage near Rosings, the home of Lady Catherine de Bourgh. According to the English law, since Mr. Bennet had no male children to inherit the state, Mr. Collins is the rightful heir of the estate since he is a distant relative of Mr. Bennet. Mr. Collins is a funny character in the novel due to his extremely long speeches and silly formalities of no clear meaning. He is very proud of Lady Catherine and her generosity in giving him the Hunsford parsonage.
“A fortunate chance had recommended him to Lady Catherine de Bourgh when the living of Hunsford was vacant; and the respect which he had felt for her high rank, and his veneration for her as his patroness, mingling with very good opinion of himself and his authority as a clergyman, made him altogether a mixture of pride and obsequiousness, self-importance and humility.” (Austen and Jennings 67) Mr. Collins long speeches do not represent the truth in general; it is his only means of making people admire him.
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