Pride and Prejudice and Falling in Love Essay

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One of the most famous extracts from the novel, Austen allows her two protagonists to take each other on in a battle of words and wits, showing up the intellectual superiority of the two in sharp contrast to the superfluous nature of the people around them. Miss Bingley's attempts to attract Darcy's attentions are lost in an extract that enhances Austen's themes, develops her narrative and allows the romantic readers to catch their breath as we see Darcy and Elizabeth begin to fall for each other, despite their independent states of denial. By way of context, the dialogue between Darcy and Elizabeth takes place following Miss Bingley's attempt to show up Elizabeth's ill breeding by parading around the room in front of Mr Darcy. In Miss…show more content…
Vanity is physical pride, and so here Austen makes a distinction between pride in intellect and pride in physical appearance condemning only the latter, whereas the former "where there is real superiority of mind... will always be under good regulation." Thus Austen shows that there is a form of `good pride' and makes room to allow some characters to have this pride, namely: Mr Darcy, Elizabeth and, to a large extent, Mr Bennet. Austen's use of irony and sarcasm in the novel shines through in this extract. For example, the irony of Darcy's aforementioned statement lies in the fact that Darcy makes it, and Darcy was the man who originally deemed Elizabeth not pretty enough to even notice, let alone dance with (page 9) implying that he felt himself more attractive than Elizabeth or at least, deserving of a prettier partner. Austen's tone is ironic again when Elizabeth concludes that she is " perfectly convinced... that Mr Darcy has no defect" (line 6,) saying that he is perfect and admits it himself, although her own opinion of
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