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Reflection on Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

Posted by C Moon on December 5, 2007

As the title Pride and Prejudice implies, the novel depicts several characters interacting with each other and learning to overcome class differences and foibles. Darcy and Bingley, while interacting with Elizabeth and Jane in bad and good ways, overcome their prejudice, and finally get to gain true love. Elizabeth gets to know the true character of Darcy eventually. They get to overcome their first conception about the others and attain their share of happiness.

According to the first impression of each other, Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are the most unlikely couple that is to be created in a novel. Darcy is first perceived as the “proudest, most disagreeable man,” and he actually thinks that “there is not another woman in the room whom it would not be a punishment to me [Darcy] to stand up with.” He is confident in himself, and does not think that there may be someone who deserves to be equal to himself. Elizabeth, on the other hand, finds Darcy not quite agreeable with herself, and does not try to see through his real personality anymore. In contrast, when George Wickham approaches her in seemingly agreeable manner and tells his story, she blindly believes his story, ignoring Miss Bingley’s comment, “for as to Mr. Darcy’s using him [Wickham] ill, it is perfectly false; for, on the contrary, he has always been remarkably kind to him, though George Wickham has treated Mr. Darcy in a most infamous manner.”. It is not until Darcy realizes Elizabeth’s “beautiful expression of her dark eyes,” and not until Elizabeth received Darcy’s letter that they finally get to understand each other in truth.

Normally, it is hard for most people to overcome prejudice. While Charles Bingley and Fitzwilliam Darcy are able to achieve their love by surmounting the prejudice, Catherine de Burgh is confined in her world, constantly belittling the Bennets. Only those who are lucky to have the chances to see beyond the prejudice and who are brave enough to overcome it can attain what they dearly want and what is really dear.
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Photo Credits: “Pride and Prejudice” by Apostolos Letov

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