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by Jane Austen

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What is the main theme in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice?

The main theme of Pride and Prejudice is seen in the dynamic between Elizabeth and Darcy, which drives the story's conflict. She is at first, understandably, prejudiced against the gentleman Darcy because of what she perceives as his snobbery and pride, but their dynamic changes as they learn more about each other.

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The main theme of the novel is that perception is not reality. Elizabeth's prejudice and Darcy's pride are both forms of blindness.

Elizabeth forms an implacable prejudice against Darcy the first time she encounters him. She overhears him saying she is not pretty enough to tempt him to dance. This, coupled with his other standoffish behavior at the assembly, causes her to decide he is an arrogant, insufferable jerk. Elizabeth's initial dislike then motivates her to be more than willing to believe the worst about him. Rather than weigh the evidence rationally, when the charming and attractive Wickham tells a sob story about being cheated out of a comfortable job promised to him by Mr. Darcy, she is quick to believe Darcy behaved badly. This is an example, well ahead of the term being coined, of confirmation bias: Elizabeth has decided, on scanty evidence, that Darcy is a jerk, so she readily jumps on whatever confirms her bias.

Darcy's pride likewise blinds her to the reality that Elizabeth...

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The main theme which is mentioned in Pride and Prejudice is love. In this book it contains a love story between Darcy and Elizabeth. In this classic, there two main problems between them. First of all Elizabeth's pride causes her to misjudge Darcy and is given a wrong first-impression. While this problem also is created another one is created due to Darcy's prejudice against Elizabeth's low social class, which causes him to be blinded from Elizabeth's many virtues, for a time.