09/07/12: Jane Austen: Pride & Prejudice

Jane Austen’s fictional narrative, Pride & Prejudice, revolves around a young woman’s judgments between truth and prejudice on society. Austen portrays the discrepancies in society, especially regarding the subservient status quo of woman during the late seventieth century in England. Austen’s writing successfully defines the interpretation of an influential novel.

Austen impressively generates an interesting development with her numerous amount of characters in relation to their personalities. The attitude of each individual was simple to recognize and the reasoning behind their decisions and judgments was to easily comprehensible. Furthermore, Austen constructs her novel to portray a certain amount of entertainment through dramatic plot twists and events. For example, Elizabeth temporarily perceived Mr. Darcy to represent a character of insincerity and crudeness until he demonstrated his virtuous disposition through random acts of kindness. Moreover, Austen contributes many significant themes into her writing. For instance, Austen believes in the importance of women’s rights through Elizabeth, a rebellious character against society and its expectations of women. In addition, a fine line is drawn between the definitions of pride and vanity through Mr. Darcy’s questionable character and the difference between truth and prejudice through Elizabeth’s misconceptions. Austen also reveals a righteous quest of self-knowledge through Elizabeth’s expression of her personal happiness above the expectations of her family and society.

Austen contributes noteworthy and abundant elements of her historical time period in order to formulate her ideology of women, pride, and prejudice into a respectful narrative for subsequent generations.


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