Three Act Structure
Pride and Prejudice does somewhat follow the Three Act Structure. For the first act we are very quickly enlightened on the type of world the characters are living in. We see that it takes place in the early 1800's and that everyone (especially the women) is obsessed with not only getting married but marrying well. At the first ball some of the more important character traits emerge in the main characters. We are introduced to Mr. Darcy and soon find out that he is arrogant, cold, and thinks he is above all the people in Longbourn. This brings us to the inciting incident where Mr. Darcy refuses to dance with Elizabeth. Within earshot he says that there is nobody pretty enough to dance with him, even Elizabeth. This action turns everyone completely off from Mr. Darcy as they realize that no matter how rich he is, his personality is awful. Bingley is also at the party and soon starts to We also see Jane and Bingley start to fall in love, much to the dismay of his sister who don't see the Bennet girls as anyone that their brother should marry because of their falling social class. The rising action in act two brings about Wickham and his story to Elizabeth about how Mr. Darcy so cruelly took away his inheritance. She also learns that it was Mr. Darcy who took Bingley away from her sister Jane because he didn't approve of the marriage between them. Learning all of this about Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth decides that he is the most despicable man in the world. During the course of this Mr. Darcy has found himself falling in love with Elizabeth's charm and intelligence, much to his surprise. He finds her and proposes, though his proposal seems like he is telling her all of the reasons why they shouldn't be together, or why he should be with someone better than her. She doesn't find it very difficult to turn him down and let's him know that she knows all about his deceptions with Wickham and Jane. At the end of act two everything seems settled in that...
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