Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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In the novel “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, the internal conflict of the main character- Elizabeth Bennet was used to explore the novels central theme of pride. Elizabeth faces an internal conflict between her poor first impression of Darcy and the virtuous traits Darcy exhibits later in the novel. Elizabeth Bennet is a character that takes pride on being an excellent judge of character. Her poor first impression of Darcy stems from his original insult to her and his snobbish demeanor. This is apparent when Elizabeth in rejecting Darcy’s first proposal states, “From the very beginning of my acquaintance with you, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form that groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable dislike.” First impressions have significant effects on ones perception of another. Darcy's insult leaves Elizabeth "with no very cordial feelings towards him". Because of her damaged pride, Elizabeth allows everything she observes about Darcy to feed the prejudices she develops against Darcy. As a result Elizabeth unjustly “condemned and upbraided him (Darcy)”. Elizabeth’s injured pride makes her accept Mr. Wickham’s lies uncritically. This causes her prejudices towards him to grow. After Elizabeth visits Pemberley Estate, however, she begins to have mixed feelings about Mr. Darcy. The housekeeper describes Mr. Darcy in a manner that contradicts her original impression, and she begins to

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