Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Snobbery to Husbandry: Reassessing Ideals of Mr. Darcy As Jane Austin establishes, through the voice of Mrs. Bennet, “…Lizzy does not lose much by suiting his fancy; for he is a most disagreeable, horrid man, not at all worth pleasing” (Austen 9) she forms the general consensus of the sentiment that a majority of the characters feel for Mr. Darcy throughout Pride and Prejudice. Cold, rude, arrogant, and snobbish are what many characters consider Darcy due to his actions towards society and, especially, Elizabeth, Jane, and Wickham throughout the story. At the commencement of the tale, Darcy refuses to dance with Elizabeth due to his premature prejudices against her looks and “inferior connections” (8). However, at the story’s
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Darcy composes a letter for Elizabeth explaining why he interferes with Jane and Bingley’s courtship and tells his version of the Wickham relationship. By humbling himself in this fashion, a shift occurs in the mood of the novel. The mood of his character begins to express feelings and creates warmth for him as a human being. Austen generates emotions of sympathy for Darcy within both Elizabeth and the reader. Subsequent to this emerging change in character, Darcy also finds that he truly loves Elizabeth and wants to marry her; this is not because he wants to improve her status, but because he has authentic feelings for her. Darcy feels that the two have grown closer and demonstrate many similarities in personality, which is the basis of their love. He relays this upon saying “We neither of us perform to strangers” (139). Through this quote, Darcy implies that Elizabeth and he need not fear of making mistakes when performing on the piano because their similarities would most likely lead them to make the same mistakes. Austen exposes this growing relationship through her use of both point of view and characterization.
Third person limited perspective relates most of the tale through the point of view of Elizabeth, although it does occasionally switch to third person omniscient. Because the narration is mostly through Elizabeth’s thoughts, the next time the audience hears of Darcy, it is when he meets Elizabeth at Pemberly. By allowing the

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