Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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

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The main theme of this novel is in the dynamic between Elizabeth and Darcy, which drives the story's conflict. She is at first, understandably, prejudiced against the nobleman 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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As the title suggests, the main themes in Pride and Prejudice really are pride and prejudice. Elizabeth is shown to be guilty of prejudicially judging Darcy to be prideful. In addition, it turns out that improper pride is actually the reason behind Elizabeth's prejudice. Finally, while Darcy is recognized as feeling above his company, the reality is that he really is the most noble character in the book and found to actually not have any improper pride. We know that pride and prejudice are the most dominant themes in the book because it is these two themes that create the main conflict in the story, which is Elizabeth's dislike of Darcy and Darcy's unrequited love for Elizabeth, also expressed as character vs. character.

Elizabeth first realizes the error of her judgements after reading Darcy's letter explaining his thoughts on her family's behavior and his history with Wickham. It is after this that she realizes she foolishly judged Wickham to be the most amiable man she's met simply because he is conversational and friendly. Likewise, she realizes that she judged Darcy to be a despicable man partially because he is reserved and standoffish and partially because of what Whickham told her about Darcy's treatment of him, which turned out to be all lies. As Elizabeth herself expresses it:

How despicably have I acted ... I, who have prided myself on my discernment ... Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. (Ch. 36)

Hence we see that it is truly Elizabeth who has had the wrongful pride and that her pride...

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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.

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