Pride and prejudice prevents people from seeing the best in others and causes them to pass uniformed judgements, which can result in misunderstanding and breakdown of social relationships. During the first Ball, Mr Darcy struck a nerve with Elizabeth and the community when she refused to dance with her or any other woman, the general consensus was that he was a snob and this made people take to disliking him from the beginning. When Bingley approached him to dance with Elizabeth, he dismissed her by saying "She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me; I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men” (Au...
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...n as he says, “But it must very materially lessen their chance of marrying men of any consideration in the world,"(Austen 23). At the end of the day, it is evident that Austen’s ideal for a society would be one that does not discriminate of judge people according to their social status or wealth but their personal strengths and weakness. To make this point, she uses the two central characters, Elizabeth and Darcy, to show how pride and prejudice can blind people to the good qualities in others. In their case, they were able to conquer this negative traits but others like Wickham and Collins were did not and they are juxtaposed in that they ended up in marriages of convenience, while Darcy and Elizabeth and to some extent Jane and Binglely married for love.
Austen, Jane. (1775–1817). Pride and Prejudice. London: Penguin Classics. 2008. Print.
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