How is Pride embodied in the character of Mr.Darcy and Pride in the character of Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen?It is said that these two characters Mr.Darcy and Elizabeth...

How is Pride embodied in the character of Mr.Darcy and Pride in the character of Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen?

It is said that these two characters Mr.Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are kept apart at the beginning of the story for a number of reasons, most importantly the pride and prejudice they hold against each other. How is that displayed in the novel?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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This is a good question. Let's start with some historical context. Within this historical context, social status meant a tremendous amount. People of the upper-classes, like Mr. Darcy were keenly aware of their social standing and the honor that they believed should be given to them on account of their birth. England was extremely class conscious during this time. From this perspective, we can say that Mr. Darcy was proud based on his background.

When it comes to Elizabeth Bennet, we do see pride in the sense that she wants to fight the system and she sees the  foolishness of it. However, what characterizes her more is prejudice. She believes that all people of the highest class will only act in a certain way. She likes Mr. Darcy, but she cannot bring herself to see him apart from his social class. This is partially what separate them.

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dartubi | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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Then how do you think both of them overcome this dilemma? 
It is said that Mr.Darcy's character goes through a metamorphosis and it matures in a way that helps him admit his love for Elizabeth and seek her affection. Can you clarify this statement?

Your help is greatly appreciated.

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