Pride and Prejudice

Topics: Jane Austen, Elizabeth Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy Pages: 4 (1145 words) Published: October 31, 2010
All of the main characters in Pride and Prejudice have to change either their attitudes or behaviour before they achieve fulfilment.

The majority of the characters in ‘Pride and Prejudice’, in the end, change their attitudes in order to achieve fulfilment. Although fulfilment is unique for ech individual: Austen’s third narrative style (even with Elizabeth) helps the extent to which each character achieves what they desire.

Elizabeth is a central character in the novel and at first comes across as intelligent and mature; yet further on we begin to see Elizabeth’s faults. Elizabeth says after only a brief acquaintance with Darcy, “He is not at all liked in Hertfordshire”, which comes across as very prejudiced. Elizabeth makes this comment abut Darcy although she hardly knows him. However Elizabeth would most likely have a problem with other people being prejudiced and so this also makes her hypocritical. Elizabeth is being very unfair towards Darcy but has no justified reason for her negative thoughts towards him.

Austen uses irony very effectively when Elizabeth comments at the Lucas’ party, “Mr Darcy is all politeness.” Elizabeth is very witty in saying this because she is playing Mr Darcy’s game - hard to get. She is being deliberately ironic and it makes her sound sophisticated and in control. Also this is said towards the start of the novel and there is further irony when in the end, Darcy does become a man of all politeness’ and she ends up marrying him.

Elizabeth’s main problem (causing her initial refusal of marriage with Darcy) is her stubbornness. Once she has a thought in her mind she is adamant and forgets that others could get hurt. From the beginning she has something against Darcy and so the arrival of Mr Wickham, and the news revealed about their past, makes Elizabeth even more eager to hurt Darcy. However Elizabeth sometimes gets too carried away and ignores others’ feelings and becomes selfish, in the way that as long as she...
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