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What is the main conflict in Pride and Prejudice?

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Posted April 30, 2009 at 7:14 PM via web

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What is the main conflict in Pride and Prejudice?

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mr-robitaille | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 1, 2009 at 3:05 AM (Answer #1)

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The main conflict in this novel is plainly suggested within its title. It is pride and prejudice vs. the success of Elizabeth's and Darcy's romance. The pride is Darcy's. His arrogant and insulting demeanor at the outset arouses Elizabeth's prejudice, causing her to eagerly accept any bad report about him (such as that which she hears from Mr. Wickham) and reject his initial confession of love. This conflict later begins to approach resolution when Elizabeth gets over her prejudice, seeing Darcy for what he really is and becoming fond of him. It is finally resolved when Darcy overcomes his pride and approaches Elizabeth with a second confession of love.

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