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Pride And Prejudice

 

By Jane Austin
 
The passage which best relates the theme of Pride and
Prejudice, by Jane Austin, is on page 125, in the middle of
the page. This is where Mr. Darcy is proposing to
Elizabeth, and is informing her of the inferiority of her
family and connections. This passage is significant because
it is one of the few times where the characters openly
acknowledge that the sole purpose of a person's life is to
achieve a high salary and a high social position. 
 
It is evident from every point of the story that all people
care about is marrying into a higher social rank. And even
for those who are comfortable with their current status, it
is imperative that they only marry someone of at least
equivalent rank. This idea possesses every character in the
story and seems to motivate every action that is taken. 

The superficiality of this idea goes so far as to break the
bonds of love. Darcy is willing to insult a girl as he is
proposing to her, just to inform her of what he has to go
through in order to stoop to someone of her level.
Regardless of what Darcy thought his chances were at
acceptance, he was still addressing a girl that barely
knows him, and actually dislikes him. That is not a
situation where insults are likely to bring results. 

This point is compounded because Elizabeth only gets
slightly insulted by this comment. Her initial refusal of
Darcy was based almost totally on his actions towards Jane
and Bingley's relationship, and his treatment of Mr.
Wickham. However, she is barely perturbed by this comment
by Darcy regarding her family. This is so strange because
one would expect Elizabeth to at least be equally angry for
personal insults as well as for what was done to others. 

Pride and Prejudice ends with Elizabeth and Darcy each
overcoming their anger against each other, and falling in
love. However, this touching scene is ruined because of the
appearance of Lady Catherine. She demands that Elizabeth
not marry Darcy, and tells Darcy that it would look very
negatively on his family if he were to marry someone as
"low class" as Elizabeth. So even one's family is willing
to break up "true love" in order to maintain rank. 

This theme runs throughout the entire story and really
destroys the entire thing. Other stories, such as Romeo and
Juliet, have the same sort of "forbidden" marriages, and
since those arrive out of real situations, they add more
interest to the story. Here, it is simply prejudice by rich
people against poorer people, which only detracts from the
writing. So while this theme may have existed in reality
during Jane Austen's lifetime, it should not have been
included in the story. 
 
 



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