Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Discuss examples of Elizabeth's prejudice towards Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.

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In Jane Austen's novel, Elizabeth Bennet's prejudice toward Mr. Darcy stems from some aspects of her own personality and some of her upbringing. She displays this prejudice when she first meets him at the dance and retains it until several incidents finally prove her wrong.

Lizzie is vain about her appearance and proud of her wit, intelligence, and discernment. Because she dearly loves her sister Jane , she does not like to compete with her. Knowing that Jane is prettier and nicer does not make it any easier to hear Darcy say that her appearance is just "tolerable." She decides to cut Darcy with her wit, and is surprised that he does not appreciate it. She assumes he is being deliberately rude....

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