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“Pride and Prejudice” summary

Essay Topic:

The analysis of the plot summary of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”.

Essay Questions:

What is the role of the reputation of a girl in Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”?

In what way social prejudice influences the relationship of every man and woman?

Is it necessary to step over the pride and prejudice in order to be happy?

Thesis Statement:

Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” is a very complex novel revealing the life and courtship of the upper society in England.

 

Introduction: Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” is concentrated on the relationships of two potential couples: Elizabeth and Darcy and her sister Jane and Darcy’s friend Bingley. The novel tells the story of love of these two couples and the troublesome they have faced on their way to marital bows. They main reason for the obstacles they have faces is the reputation and class belonging. It is the reputation of Elizabeth and Jane that is being questioned throughout the novel as they belong to a aristocratic but a very poor family. As Elizabeth’s behavior in the first place is closely analyzed by the Bingley’s and Darcy’s family member and friends at times she finds herself along with her sister in very vulnerable situations. As the wealth allows these people to judge her and her sister it only owing to  Elizabeth’s and Jane’s intelligence and internal beauty that helps them to keep their heads up proudly. The two girls suffer because of the reputation of their mother who is very foolish, noisy and she lacks social grace to make her communication with other people decent and respected by the others. As Darcy’s and Bingley’s families are rather snobbish and think of themselves as of better social representatives than Elizabeth and Jane. The bahaviour of Lydia Bennet almost leaves the girls with no chance of being together with their loved ones as she supports the ill reputation of the family by being with a man without being married to him. Nevertheless all these prejudice does not change the feelings of the couples and of Elizabeth and Darcy in particular.  Jane Austen by her novel shows that one person must not suffer because of the behavior his family members and all these prejudices should be nothing for people who really love each other. As Darcy does everything possible to save the reputation of Elizabeth’s family and solves Lydia’s issue – he gives himself a chance to be happy with Elizabeth. And though he uses his money to solve the problem nevertheless he could not have done it at all as the majority of the upper class representatives would choose to go for.

Conclusion: Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” is a novel with a happy ending though it arouses such vital issues as the importance of the girl’s reputation and the social prejudice which always exists, is inevitable and may influence the future of two loving hearts. Jane Austen seems to tell the reader that the representatives of the middle and the upper class may face a lot of prejudices as these two classes are very different but at the same time it is not the class that makes a man happily married but his ability to fight the pride and prejudice in order to love the “right” person.

 

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