Pride and Prejudice

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Chapter 3
(Critical Analysis of the Novel)

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...
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