Views on Pride, Prejudice and Marriage in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

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Views on Pride, Prejudice and Marriage in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Pride

pride n., v., 1. high (or too high) opinion of one's own dignity, importance, worth, etc. 2. the condition or feeling of being proud. 3. a noble sense of what is due to oneself or one's position or character; self respect; self esteem. prejudice n., v., 1. an opinion

In the novel by Jane Austen, displays a severe contrast between Elizabeth and Darcy in the story. Jane Austen does this by discussing the theme of pride throughout the novel. The concept of pride in this book is defined as an excessively high opinion of one's own dignity, importance and worth.

Throughout the novel, Jane Austen satirizes the
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Jane Austen makes Mr Collins look very ridiculous throughout the novel, seeing as he is a clergyman, but meanwhile is a very materialistic man. He tries to come across as a humble man, when in actual fact he has a very materialistic outlook to life, he values only quantity or size of house. This makes him look incredibly stupid, because he is meant to be a man of the church, but is unbelievably lacking in Christian spirit.

Mr Collins proposes to Elizabeth in Chapter 19 the way Mr Collins proposes shows his pride and gives the impression that Mr Collins is a stupid man, and has no idea how to treat a lady with respect. He comes across as selfish because he talks of no feelings of love for her. While asking Elizabeth for her hand in marriage, he also insults her .Mr Collins proposal is orderly and planned and is more like an act rather than spontaneous. This is told to us by Jane Austin; 'THE next day opened a new scene at Longbourne. Mr Collins made his declaration in form.'

The sycophant, and pompous clergy man prepares for his weeding proposal, "set about it in a very orderly
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