Essay on Cognitive Analysis in Pride & Prejudice
Analysis of Pride and Prejudice Volume 1, Chapter 6
In the beginning of chapter 6, the ladies of Longbourn and Netherfield continue to exchange visits. Mrs. Hurst and Miss Bingley, Mr. Bingley’s sister prefer spending time with Jane and Elizabeth. Jane quickly becomes flattered, but Elizabeth is a bit more hesitant to be swayed by their pleasantries. She believes the girls are just being rude and stuck-up. The particular scene I am discussing is when Mr. Darcy shows slight interest in Elizabeth, but she is too preoccupied with Jane and Mr. Bingley to notice that she has also won over someone's eye. Darcy is trying to communicate in a rather romantic way, but Elizabeth becomes suspicious of his motives. Based off of the first impression he gave, his kind words and actions seem to be contradictory. Then, Sir Lucas attempts to pair off Elizabeth and Darcy to dance. Elizabeth brushes that notion, and Darcy off. She makes Darcy feel uncomfortable and inadequate at the same time, which were Elizabeth's feelings when she overheard him speak ill of her for the first time. In this scene, Mr. Darcy’s thoughts of Elizabeth seem to vary widely over the spectrum from insult to compliment. “Occupied in observing Mr. Bingley’s attentions to her sister, Elizabeth was far from suspecting that she herself was becoming an object of interest…” (16). Elizabeth is oblivious to the fact that she is not the only Bennett sister to be looked upon with favor by a new gentleman, but it was not love at first sight for Darcy. He “scarcely allowed her to be pretty…” (16). When Mr. Darcy first laid eyes on her, he believed that she was not even worthy of a dance. Then, he goes on to mention that when they had next met, “he looked at her only to criticize” (16). Austen writes that he had mentioned to his friends that Elizabeth had “hardly a good feature in her face…” (16), but when he saw her eyes, it was all blinded by “the beautiful...
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