The roles of pride and prejudice in Pride and Prejudice

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Becoming an immediate success in the contemporary novel public in early nineteenth century, Pride and Prejudice has proved to be the most popular of Jane Austen's novels and remains a classic masterpiece two centuries later. The title itself describes the underlying theme of the book. Pride and prejudice, intimately related in the novel, serve as challenges to the cherished love story of Darcy and Elizabeth. It is interesting to see how these two nice people were blinded before realizing that they are an ideal couple.
Material for situations, characters and themes in Jane Austen?s novels are founded in her own surroundings ? countryside, parishes, neighborhood. Although written in her early twenties, Pride and Prejudice reflects
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He is torn between the desire to speak out his deep love and the wish to avoid an intimate relationship with Elizabeth. However, he has done it and once again his great pride of wealth and high position allows him to believe that she will accept his proposal in spite of the fact that she has shown no care nor affection towards him. Moreover, he rudely speaks about the inferiority of her connections and his reservation about proposing to her because of them. ?His sense of her inferiority? of its being a degradation? of the family obstacles which judgment had always opposed to inclination, were dwelt on with a warmth which seemed due to the consequence he was wounding, but was very unlikely to recommend his suit.? (ch.34), ?Could you expect me to rejoice in the inferiority of your connections?? to congratulate myself on the hope of relations, whose condition in life is so decidedly beneath my own?? (ch.34). Darcy?s fierce pride is such a barrier to his own passionate love for Elizabeth.
Elizabeth also misjudges Darcy on a poor first impression. As one of the most favourable heroines in English literature, Elizabeth is lovely, energetic and intelligent and she is proud of her ability of judging people. Nevertheless, her quick perceptions of Darcy have led her astray and prevented her from seeing his good sides. ?From the very beginning ? from the first moment, I may almost say ? of my acquaintance
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