Pride and Prejudice

The significance of the title, in the literary terms is that this is alliteration. Pride and Prejudice is an example of Jane Austen’s use of alliteration. In addition, the “prejudice” of the title is on Darcy’s part, believing that Elizabeth’s family is not good for him. The “pride” is on Elizabeth’s part refusing to agree to marry to Darcy because he ruined her sisters’ chance of happiness.

There are a number of conflicts in pride and prejudice. One of the long drawn out ones is between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. Their personalities are so different; their entire marriage is a conflict. The other primary conflict is between Elizabeth and Darcy. With their pride and prejudice, they are never able to see the truth about each other till half way through the story. Wickham has a turbulent past and has clashed swords with Darcy more than once before. Lady Catherine de Bourgh has a tiff with Elizabeth. Caroline competes with Elizabeth for Darcy.

There are three main themes in the novel. These themes are love and marriage, good breading and social rank, and moral belief and behavior. These themes are present throughout the entire novel they are the underlying motif of the story.

The plot is very simple. That is how the young ladies choose their husbands. The plot is driven by a particular situation of the Bennet family. If Mr. Bennet dies soon, his wife and five daughters will be without home or income, as the Longbourn estate is entailed to one of Mr. Bennet’s collateral relatives – male only in this case – by the legal terms of free tail. Mrs. Bennet worries about this predicament, and wishes to find husbands for her daughter’s quickly. The father doesn’t seem to be worried at all.

Mr. Darcy’s original proposal is the climax because it comes at the moment when Elizabeth’s anger towards Mr. Darcy is at its fullest, highest emotion. The letter, I think goes towards Elizabeth’s realization of her own feelings, her own pride, and how she feels about Darcy starts to light as her feelings start to change

The heroine of Pride and Prejudice is Elizabeth Bennet, partly because of her wonderful wit; her perfectly formed arguments, quips and rebuttals are as unobtainable to the average person as the size zero figures that mark most of today`s female icons, but her lack of extraordinary physical beauty makes her both an inspirational character and also a kind of girl-next-door with whom everyone can identify.

Elizabeth`s independent spirit of course has its limits. She is acutely aware of her society`s moral norms and expectations, and treats them with no great sense of injustice. Among her family members, Elizabeth is Lydia`s most consistent critic, due to the latter`s increasing reputation for flirtation and impropriety. She is angry, not just at Lydia`s immorality for its own sake but for the effect on her family`s reputation; she explicitly tells her father that `our importance, our respectability in the world, must affected by the wild volatility, the assurance and disdain of all restraint which mark Lydia`s character.

Of all the chapters of the novel, I enjoy Elizabeth’s trip to Pemberley with her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner, the most. This part itself developed in a scene of the beauty of Pemberley. The main role, Elizabeth and the Gardiners are all intelligent people. Without the gossip of Mrs. Bennet and the noise of the three little sisters, the story goes on with great peace. Their meet with Darcy was both unexpected and expectable. It was unexpected because neither Elizabeth nor Darcy thought of meeting each other in such an agreeable situation for them to meet each other again. It was their first meet after Darcy’s proposal. Darcy behaved unbelievably polite with their conversation with Georgiana, Darcy’s sister, went on naturally. It gave a sign that Elizabeth may change her heart indeed, she did. Although the employment of Lydia and Wickham seemed disturbed them, Darcy the at last conquered his pride that he spent considerable time, effort and money on the two people he disdained. Another disturbance was lady Catherine’s visit, but all of these seemed quicken their steps to marriage.

I love Elizabeth’s self-confidence and spunk. I also love Darcy because he reminds me so much of myself. Because we’re both quite shy when we met people that we don’t know. A lot of the time our shyness can be mistaken and people sometimes think we’re mean/cold. I’ve always been this way. It just takes me a while to warm up to people and Darcy is the same way. I am also very protective of my family and like helping other just like Mr. Darcy. Darcy does anything for her sister and to help Elizabeth’s family after Lydia runs away. Darcy is also quite picky when it comes to finding a partner. So am I.

I choose to read this novel because, it has an attractive plot and the theme is love, marriage and wealth. This is something still relevant in our own time. So, it is very easy to relate to the novel. Pride and prejudice is my favorite novel of Jane Austen. I’ve read it and watch it a several times.

If I could give a better ending of the novel, our two favorite married couples are doing well, but Lydia and Wickham’s marriage unravels and they become broke. Charles and Jane Bingley move out of Netherfield after a year because they can’t stand Mrs. Bennet, Mary becomes less sanctimonious, and Kitty blossoms under the guidance of her two oldest sisters. Jane moves to an estate practically next door to Pemberley.