What kind of motifs occur in the novel, especially at the beginning?

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From the very first words of the novel ("It is a truth universally acknowledged...") the motif of courtship is raised and continues to be a central motif throughout the rest of the novel. Clearly this novel is the story of two central courtships - Elizabeth and Darcy and Jane and Bingley, but within this central structure a number of other courtships appear: Mr. Collins and his laughable attempts to catch Elizabeth, followed by his successful courtship of Charlotte Lucas, Wickham and his relationship with Elizabeth, then with Miss King, finally with Lydia and his revealed past dealings with Darcy's sister, and lastly Miss Bingley's attempts to net Darcy. Courtship therefore plays a central role in the novel as marriage is the ultimate goal. You will want to examine each of these examples of courtship, as it is in courtship that we see people's real personality and also different types and examples of love or the way it can be misused for social advancement

Another key motif is the role that journeys play in the novel. Although much of the action is centred around Longbourn, journeys are often catalysts for action. For example, Elizabeth's first journey to visit Mr. Collins and Charlotte results in her first proposal from Darcy.

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