Analyzing Pride And Prejudice English Literature Essay

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A human life is all about love and affection. The degree of commitment of one person to another. Love is something; everything comes down to after all. In a natural way of living it is common among all the people that they find a life partner and spend their lives together, while understanding each other's problems and fighting against each other's sorrows. Taking into consideration, the story of Elizabeth and Darcy from the novel "Pride and Prejudice". It can be seen that Elizabeth is full of pride and Darcy with prejudice. Elizabeth and Darcy possess two completely different natures and find each other attractive but still keep hatred for each other which hinders them from moving on together. "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in a want of wife" (Pp - 2). Jane Austin poses these two characters in the novel so uniquely that it is hard to distinguish the pride and prejudice among Elizabeth and Darcy until the end of the book. Initially, Jane Austin writes about the prejudice of Darcy and pride of Elizabeth. Darcy inherits a good fortune as he belongs to wealthy rich family, well known all across England. Whereas, Elizabeth doesn't belong to a very rich family. She enjoys a mediocre lifestyle with her other four sisters at home. One day, Elizabeth was present at a ball with her sisters along with their mother, Mrs. Bennett. As they were all having a good time at the ball, Elizabeth was invited to dance with a lovely young man. Somewhere in Elizabeth's heart she was looking forward to dance with Darcy but he rejected her and expressed that he doesn't wish to dance with a lady like Elizabeth, "She is tolerable but not handsome enough to tempt him" (Pp - 18). On the contrary, Elizabeth shows her disliking for Darcy by not engaging herself in a dance with Darcy. She expresses her feelings for Darcy by saying that she would never dance with him. Elizabeth's action shows a lot of pride in her, considering the fact that she belongs to poor family. On the other hand, Darcy belongs to a powerful family and society. After the ball, nearly everyone agrees that despite Darcy's family and fortune, Darcy is too proud to be likeable. Everyone makes all these judgments based on his behavior and interactions with others at the ball. After few days pass, Elizabeth and Darcy run into each other at a party held at Lucas house. They try not to talk and disregard each other's presence but unfortunately, they were unable to do so. Despite the efforts of not dancing together, Elizabeth and Darcy get caught in an unexpected situation. Sir William tries to persuade Elizabeth to dance with Darcy but once again, Elizabeth refuses without any hesitation or fear. She didn't care of the outcome and turned down the offer completely by stating that "Sir, I have the not the least intention of dancing" (Pp - 46). After that moment, Darcy finds himself very much attracted towards Elizabeth. Darcy wants to tell this to someone so he decides to tell his friend about his feelings about Elizabeth. Darcy says to Miss Bingley that he admires Elizabeth more than anything.

Alone at the parsonage, Elizabeth was thinking over what Colonel had told her. She was trying to find out if Darcy was actually responsible for all the pain caused to her sister. All of a sudden, Darcy enters the parsonage and expresses his love to her, "In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you" (Pp - 350). Elizabeth holds herself and her emotions and explodes on Darcy with her anger and rage. She blames him for the misery caused to her sister. She taunts Darcy sarcastically, perhaps, unreasonably. She builds hatred for Darcy inside of her which rises up as the heat of the sun. She clears to Darcy that she keeps no feelings for him and she doesn't expect her husband to be a person who ruined her sister's life, possibly, forever. "I have every reason in the world to think ill of you. No motive can excuse the unjust and ungenerous part you acted there. You dare not, you cannot deny that you have been the principal, if not the only means for dividing them for each other, of exposing one to the censure of the world for caprice and instability, the other to its derision for disappointed hopes, and involving them both in misery of the acutest kind" (Pp - 352). Darcy leaves the scene after exchanging such strong words and newly generated issues and baffling disputes, and meaningless misunderstandings. Darcy wants to come clean of his reputation in Elizabeth's eyes. He decides to write a letter to Elizabeth stating everything that happened and who was responsible for it. Darcy leaves the letter in Elizabeth's sight to read it. In the letter, Darcy acknowledges that he sabotaged Jane's relationship with Bingley only because he thought that Jane's love for Bingley was not yet strong enough to lead to a marriage and he also admit that he didn't want Bingley to involve himself in social burden by marrying into the Bennet family because it lacked both wealth and decency. Darcy also cleared Wickham's accusation in the letter. After Elizabeth read the letter, she was completely stunned that she misunderstood Darcy and looked at him in a wrong manner. Elizabeth's feelings for Darcy suddenly entered into flux. Elizabeth came to the conclusion that she was entirely wrong about Darcy after all and showed her resentment for a while. "How despicably have I acted! I, who have prided myself on my discernment! - I, who have valued myself on my abilities! Who have often disdained the generous can dour of my sister, and gratified my vanity, in useless and blamable distrust. How humiliating is this discovery! - Yet, how just a humiliation! - Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not love, has been my folly. Pleased with the preference of one, and offended by the neglect of the other, on the very beginning of our acquaintance, I have courted prepossession and ignorance, and given reason away, where either were concerned. Till this moment I never knew myself" (Pp - 382). At the beautiful property of Pemberley, Elizabeth was wandering around and thinking to herself, what it would like to be a mistress there, as Darcy's wife. She thinks to herself that she made some misjudgments about Darcy. After looking at the statues Elizabeth thinks that Darcy was an amazing person in his youth. While she imagines, the housekeeper unconsciously confirms her thoughts, "I have never had a cross word from him in my life, and I have known him ever since he was four years old' (Pp - 452). Elizabeth was recovering from her astonishment while the house keeper added that "He is the best landlord and the best master that ever lived" (Pp - 454). One night, Darcy and Bingley visit the Bennett's and everyone takes a walk together. Elizabeth and Darcy lag behind. Elizabeth thanks him for saving Lydia's good name. Darcy says that he did so because Lydia is her sister. He also mentions that his feelings towards her have not changed since his proposal. "My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject forever" (Pp - 666). Elizabeth in reply tells him that her own feelings have changed and that she is willing to marry him.

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