Throughout The Novels, Pride And Prejudice And Frankenstein,

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Throughout the novels, Pride and Prejudice and Frankenstein, Jane Austen and Mary Shelley, respectively, warn their readers of the social consequences of excessive pride and prejudice. They use their characters as embodiments of pride and prejudice in order to discuss this theme. While both authors emphasize the negative effects pride and prejudice have on reaching one’s goals and on forming relationships, Shelley’s tone and message holds much darker implications as she argues that pride and prejudice ultimately lead to social chaos. Austen discusses the effects that pride and prejudice have on reaching one’s goals through Mrs. Bennet’s determination and struggle to be a good mother, as she falls victim to social pressures and her own…show more content…
This decision is purely based on his pride and his thirst for glory. By keeping his creation a “secret which [he] alone possessed” (Shelley 55), Frankenstein would be the sole receiver of praise and admiration. Had he not been so prideful and had he worked with a colleague, his creation may not have been such a great failure. Shelley displays Frankenstein’s manic solitude in order to warn her readers of the human tendency to allow their pride to overshadow the need for assistance and criticism from others. This is often a set-up for failure. However, Frankenstein does not entirely fail in creating life. He succeeds in creating a living creature, but, his prejudice keeps him it as anything other than a monster “more hideous than belongs to humanity” (77). If Frankenstein had not judged his creature immediately based on its appearance, he would have found its benevolence and innocence. While initially, Frankenstein’s prideful need for solitude leads to his inevitable failure, later, it his prejudice that keeps him from realizing his success in creating a truly benevolent and intelligent creature. In addition to acting as barriers to achieving one’s goals, pride and prejudice also have a negative impact on one’s relationships. In their respective novels, Austen and Shelley both present ways in which excessive pride and prejudice lead to isolation. Austen focuses on the one’s inability to form

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