Social Class As A Principle Theme Throughout The Book ' Pride And Prejudice '

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Ashfaq and Khattack article discusses the delicate line between social classes in Pride and Prejudice. Social class is a principle theme throughout the book, but they argue that the focus of the book is placed upon the individuals themselves and their essential role they play in society. This struggle break or maintain social status is illustrated through Elizabeth and Darcy respectively, while we see the complacency in the Gardiners and Lucas’. Elizabeth, while aware that she not of the upper class and has low connections due to family, does not let the grandeur of the aristocracy stun her into submission. While dining at Rosings, Elizabeth and Lady Catherine get into a few arguments. Ashfaq points out that Lady Catherine expresses a conservative view of society and the social classes while Lizzie is seen as quite radical and liberal for the time. Lizzie argues her importance as a person and not just a byproduct of her class. Ashfaq writes, “For her no class boundaries exist and that is why she remains confident and relaxed while the others around her appear subdued and quiet” (Ashfaq). Elizabeth is proud of her who she is. When approached by Lady Catherine about the rumors of betrothal to Darcy, Elizabeth holds her ground, “In marrying your nephew, I should not consider myself as quitting that sphere. He is a gentleman; I am a gentleman’s daughter; so far we are equal” (Austen 336). Elizabeth is employing the idea of the equality of souls. She argues that she is equal
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