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The Significance of the Title Pride and Prejudice
Transcript of The Significance of the Title Pride and Prejudice
Pride And Prejudice
Originally, Austen gave the novel the title First Impressions, but after her other novel, Sense and Sensibility, her publisher requested she use the same formula of alliteration to create a title for her second novel.
First Impressions dealt with the beginning of the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth and was in the form of exchange letters.
In Pride and Prejudice, as the relationship of Darcy and Elizabeth develops, the first impressions they had of one another prove to be completely wrong. The novel shows how misjudgments of acquaintances can change as people learn more about each other.
The Significance of the Title
Pride and Prejudice
Skylar Corrao, Carly Berns, Jonathan Kim, Isabella Verdi
The society that Pride and Prejudice represents is heavily concerned with social status. -While described as honest, genuine, and clever, Elizabeth is also characterized as a very astute character. Pride and Prejudice reveals Elizabeth's need to overcome her judgements. Upon meeting Darcy, she immediately judges him due to his arrogant and snobbish disposition, and vows not to dance with him, saying "I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine" (Austen 19). Although his wealth and fortune are attractive features, they are not attractive enough to cause Elizabeth to change her prior judgements of Darcy and the fact that he slighted her social status.
-Before the story even begins, the title lets the reader know that one half of the novel will be represented by pride, and the other prejudice. Elizabeth represents the half that is prejudice.
Elizabeth Bennet- protagonist, second daughter to Mr. Bennet and the most intelligent of the Bennet sisters. Ends up overcoming her prejudices against Darcy and loves him.
Darcy- Wealthy man who has excessive pride which makes him look down on others. Learns to admire Elizabeth for her strong personality.
Jane Bennet- The eldest Bennet sister. She is also the most beautiful. Her pleasant relationship with Mr. Bingley contrasts Elizabeth and Darcy's relationship.
Charles Bingley- Darcy's best friend, who is also very wealthy. He is very respectful and nice. He does not care about social status is a lot more easygoing than Darcy.
Mr. Bennet- The father of Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Catherine, and Lydia. He uses his sarcastic sense of humor to annoy his wife. He chooses to be uninvolved with marriage concerns.
Mrs. Bennet- Mr. Bennet's wife. Her life goal is to see her daughters get married. She often repels the suitors she tries to find for her daughters.
Darcy's prejudices begin with his high social status. As Elizabeth is from a lower social class than Darcy, Darcy's prejudice towards Elizabeth is seen in the beginning of the novel when they meet at Netherfield Ball.
Darcy immediately is prejudiced against Elizabeth because he says she is not good-looking enough for him and also because of her social status, which is lower than his.
- Darcy's prejudice is also revealed when he confesses his love to Elizabeth. At this intimate moment, he begins to talk about the great different in social background of their families.
-As the narrator says, "His sense of her inferiority of its being a degradation - of the family obstacles which judgment had always opposed were dwelt on with a warmth which seemed due ot the consequence he was wounding" (Austen 160). This quote shows that Darcy's proposal did degrade Elizabeth and her social status, showing that Darcy's prejudice against the lower class still remains.
- Darcy's Pride creates a barrier between the relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy.
- Elizabeth perceives him as a man who is unable to view those of lower societal classes as equals. Instead she says that his"defect is a propensity to hate everybody" (Austen 51).
-Their argument portrays Darcy's inability to notice his mistakes in his behaviors. The initial judgement of Darcy by the Bennet's was positive,"till his manners gave a disgust which tuned the tide of his popularity; for he was discovered to be proud, to be above his company" (Austen 11).
- His unrealistic view of himself blinds him from reality. Elizabeth, due to her strong personality and remarks, was the only one who was able to break through his pride and alter his perspective back to reality.
Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. New York: New American Library, 1996. Print.
Darcy and Elizabeth's First meeting
Darcy's former opinions of Elizabeth diminish as he realizes that he is infatuated with her strong views and perspectives. He learns to admit his faults and at times is even humiliated, yet he humbles himself out of love for Elizabeth. He overcomes struggles he endured during his first proposal yet still manages to sustain his compassion for Elizabeth, showing her that he is a changed man.
Elizabeth also has a complete change in mind of Darcy as she visits Pumberley, his estate. When she hears about how generous and kind he is as a master, her opinions begin to change. As a Darcy's servant says, "He is the best landlord and the best master . . . Not like the wild young men now-a-days who think of nothing but themselves" (Austen 207). Elizabeth begins to see Darcy in an "amiable light". When she sees Darcy himself, she sees him as changed and his arrogance is significantly lower. These changes in Darcy all bring Elizabeth to a greater attraction of Darcy. She reconsiders getting married to Darcy and wishes that he will propose to her.