The Significance of Letters in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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The Significance of Letters in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Letters play a very important role in 'Pride and Prejudice'. They can link the story because letters provide information which we would not have found out from the dialogue between the characters. We an also find out extra background information which can help with the reader's understanding of characters, the plot and the novel in general. Letters can reveal characters' personalities and how they feel about the other characters in the novel, for example Miss Bingley's feelings about Jane. Letters are used as a dramatic device in 'Pride and Prejudice' to further the plot, link the story and to inform the readers of the character's
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(vol 2 chapter 3.)

The letter from Caroline to Jane, informing her that they have gone to stay in London, splits up Jane and the Bingleys. It also moves the story to a different location, therefore it furthers the plot. Miss Caroline Bingley is shown to be extremely insincere in the way she writes her letter.

Jane Bennet?s letter also helps to further the plot. It reveals Jane?s character and personality. She writes to her sister, Elizabeth Bennet explaining their younger sister?s elopement with Mr Wickham. This letter shows the strong relationship which the two sisters have, we can see this from the way which Jane tried not to alarm Lizzy. "But I'm afraid of alarming you?be assured we are all well, what I have to say relates to poor Lydia." This letter also shows Jane?s forgiving personality towards situations like these, because she is simply thinking of Lydia, not about herself like Kitty and Mrs Bennet were doing.

Lizzy is very different to her sister. She is very quick witted and makes judgments without knowing the entire story or knowing the person very well. Lizzie makes opinions and tends to stick with them, even when she starts to know the person. This is shown in the case of Mr Darcey. At first sight, Elizabeth believes him to be a proud, rude man. She continues with these thoughts throughout the novel until
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