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P & P Essay Assignment Thesis Statement Ideas: First impressions are often wrong People aren't always what they seem You can't judge a book by its cover In Pride and Prejudice the characters
are really well developed. Every character is believable, with each one you can probably think "oh I know someone who is exactly like that." ... small Elizabeth Bennet Mr. Darcy Austen's writings are a treasure trove of information about people's lives and their daily habits. My quotes Other Ideas (That I have to put into my own words) Good Information Many wealthy people inherited family land and money, which brought them security for a lifetime. For the most part, they did not have careers or professions; work was considered something that the lower classes did. They also did not do the household chores of cooking or cleaning. Instead, the upper classes enjoyed lives of leisure, which included participation in the arts, outdoor activities such as hunting or horseback riding, needlecrafts, the learning of foreign languages, and dancing. People will do a lot for love. Even before they realize or admit that they love somebody. Proud Looks down on people as his inferiors In the beginning Detests Mr. Darcy Quotes from the book Mr. Darcy “was divided between admiration of the brilliancy
which exercise had given to her [Lizzy’s] complexion, and doubt as to the occasion’s justifying
her coming so far alone.” Mr. Darcy seems to have some conflict within himself about Elizabeth Bennet. He admires her
beauty and energy, but he also feels constrained by social mores which tell him that her behavior
was “wrong.” Elizabeth has prejudged him from the first time she met
him and, as a result, assumes the worst about whatever he says or does Elizabeth judges each man on these initial impressions. She accepts
Wickham’s words without judgment yet trusts nothing that Darcy says Elizabeth trusts Wickham's words and what he says about his relationship with Mr. Darcy. This puts Mr. Darcy in even more of a bad light in her eyes. “Mr. Collins is a conceited, pompous, narrowminded, silly man…the woman who marries him cannot have a proper way of thinking… . You
shall not, for the sake of one individual, change the meaning of principle and integrity, nor
endeavor to persuade yourself or me that selfishness is prudence, and insensibility of danger,
security for happiness.” - Lizzie Lizzie is very clear that she does not believe in marrying someone whom there is no love for. This can be seen when she addresses Jane about Charlotte's decision to marry Mr. Collins. Often uses strong and frank language. Mr. Darcy judges Elizabeth’s family for their ill-mannered behavior, ascribing it to their lower
station in society. But the bad family behavior with which Darcy does not wish to associate
himself by marrying Lizzy is not confined to her class. Wealthy aristocrats can also embarrass
their families. Darcy has to learn this, and his aunt exhibits it for him at Rosings. Admitting this
fact allows Darcy to consider loving Elizabeth and marrying her despite her class. Both men, and their proposals, are deeply prideful and self-centered. Mr. Collins speaks of the
advantages to Elizabeth and the honor bestowed on her. Mr. Darcy states repeatedly that he has
struggled to fight his love and overcome obstacles to make the proposal. Most of his proposal is
negative, not positive. The pride of both men is part of what disgusts Elizabeth. The logistics of
the proposals also reveal how women were treated as marriageable objects. Both proposals were
unwelcome and unsolicited. In fact, Elizabeth is shocked by Darcy’s proposal, which suggests
that marriages were much more the prerogative of the man than the woman.
Elizabeth knows that there is no respect or affection in her parents’ marriage. She recognizes that
the fault lies on both sides. Although her mother is obviously foolish and ignorant, Elizabeth “had
never been blind to the impropriety of her father’s behavior as a husband.” It is Elizabeth’s insight
into her parents’ marriage that helps her form her own views about marriage: She wants both
respect and affection, and she is unwilling to marry merely to fulfill social expectation the very fact that Mr. Darcy wants to
marry Elizabeth—that he was attracted to her personality—suggests that he has some good
qualities. At first, Elizabeth assumes that the shame of her family will drive Darcy from her forever. Yet it is
through Lydia’s elopement that Darcy comes to understand the true depth of his own pride. He
has kept Wickham’s real character a secret because he did not want to embarrass himself over
Wickham’s behavior with Georgiana. When Darcy realizes that his own pride has hurt the woman
he loves, he is willing to drop it completely and do what he can to remedy the situation. Elizabeth,
however, is unwilling to let Darcy take all the blame. She believes that she is responsible for
keeping the news of Wickham a secret and letting Lydia run off to Brighton. As both Darcy and
Elizabeth take on responsibility for a situation that is really the fault of Lydia and Wickham,
readers see how compatible they really are. Both are capable of recognizing their own faults and
of making sacrifices for others The Bingleys and the Darcys have understanding, respect, and love in their marriages. The
Bennet marriage has none of these qualities. Lydia’s marriage is based primarily on infatuation
and flirtatiousness, but there is no real understanding or respect. Charlotte’s marriage is based on
a certain kind of understanding that precludes real love. It is a social contract, not an affectionate
union of like-minded souls. Readers may admire the Bingleys or Gardiners for their genuine
affection, but readers most likely admire the Darcys most because they are the couple they have
seen grow and change the most. Darcy and Elizabeth’s relationship also have a energy and
magnetism that many readers find compelling. Essay Outline 1. Thesis Statement: Feelings can lead people to go against what others think is right. Peoples opinions aren't always based on what they ought to be. Feelings can lead people to do unexpected things. Feelings can lead people to go against what others think is right. State the thesis statement.
Tell how Elizabeth and Darcy
Sometimes you have to let go of your prejudices in order to see the truth. Is quick to make judgements and is very stubborn. Holds prejudices against people. Knows he has feelings for Lizzie, but is too proud to act on them.