The First Title of Pride and Prejudice

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The original title for Pride and Prejudice was First Impressions; this may have been chosen by the author Austen as the title because this is what the novel is about and is the main theme that runs throughout the book. The novel deals with the incorrect judgements that often occur at the beginning of an acquaintance and how these misjudgements can change as individuals learn more about each other, like Elizabeth and Darcy. So therefore some people may say that the title first impression is better suited title for the novel. Another reason to why first impressions is a more excellent suited title than pride and prejudice is because it’s what the novel is really about. This can be supported by Elizabeth character and how she relies on her first impressions of Wickham and Darcy and in the end, ends up being completely wrong about the assumptions she made. This can be shown in the following lines; ‘proud, above his company, and above being pleased,’.... ‘but Mr. Wickham was as far beyond them all in person, countenance, air and walk’...‘Of neither Darcy nor Wickham could she think, without feeling that she had been blind, partial, prejudiced, absurd.’ It can be deducted that Elizabeth made up her mind after her first meeting with both men and didn’t really get to know them before passing judgment but then later on in the novel learns she was wrong and changes her view and learns the true characteristics of Wickham and Darcy. First impressions may also been a better suited title for the novel because it hints at the story’s concern for social appearances and the necessity of finding people’s true qualities beneath the surface. This can be shown through the character of Mrs Bennet who only lives to see her daughters been married of to rich, wealthy men. This obsession of marriage and securing husbands is the first impression readers get of Mrs Bennet, ‘A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls!’ The first impression...
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