Discuss this idea in regards to Pride & Prejudice: "If we accept the notion that a story is self-contained whole, then the opening should suggest many of the elements that will be featured...

Discuss this idea in regards to Pride & Prejudice: "If we accept the notion that a story is self-contained whole, then the opening should suggest many of the elements that will be featured throughout."

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Jane Austen's novel Pride & Prejudice is a novel which depicts the importance of conquering one's pride (as denoted by the title). IN the opening of the novel, the pride of Mr. Darcy is recognized and repeated multiple times. Upon the other characters meeting him, his wish to stand apart from the others, and refuse to dance, depicts him as prideful. Many of the characters refuse to accept him based upon this snap judgement, but Jane and her mother refuse to recognize his pride (Mrs. Bennet wishes to marry a daughter off to a wealthy man).

Therefore, the pride mentioned, and characterized, in the opening of the novel is a theme which extends throughout. It is not until Elizabeth, or Eliza, and Mr. Darcy come to push aside their pride that they can accept their feelings for each other. This aspect of the novel makes the novel into a self-contained whole.

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