Pride and the Prejudice

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“The power of doing anything with quickness is always prized much by the possessor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance.” (1) Said Mr Darcy. This is one of the world's most popular novels, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice has charmed readers since its publication of the story of the amusing Elizabeth Bennet and her relationship with the aristocrat Fitzwilliam Darcy. During this essay it will explore the construction of characters, in particular it will be Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy also exploring the social situation in which the characters operate and exploring the cultural context (Victorian England).

The position of the writer Jane Austen, I find she is trying to say that power is …show more content…


“You mean to frighten me, Mr. Darcy, by coming in all this way to hear me? But I will, not be alarmed though your sister does play so well. There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me” Elizabeth to Mr. Darcy. (1) This shows that Lizzie, using a typically male behavior which tends to be quite demanding and also powerful. Elizabeth what she said not only shows that she matches Fitzwilliam Darcy’s intelligence but yet tops him in a kind of way. Many of Elizabeth’s characteristics you would often find in a man which makes her have some sort of power (individually).

With Mr. Darcy on the other hand, as much as his exterior he is extremely powerful in the book, when you read about him through the eyes of Elizabeth Bennet you start to think more and more about his actual characteristics. (He waits to be approached, he prefers listen then to talking, he is friendly rather than aggressive, he is anxious about his reputation and judges people according to their manners, he is the person his friends come to for advice, and he writes letters instead of personally confronting people.)(5) Were the predictable male, he would have stood his ground after his failed proposal to Elizabeth and directly explained to her in

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