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by Jane Austen

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What meaning is there in Jane Austen's chosen title Pride and Prejudice? Who is prideful and who is prejudiced?

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The terms "prideful" and "prejudiced" could be applied to a number of characters in Jane Austen's great novel. The classic example that comes to mind is Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy.

When he first meets Elizabeth and her family, Darcy's pride makes him see the Bennet family, including Elizabeth, as inferior to him, due to their lack of wealth and social standing. This is exacerbated by the effusive and annoying habits of Mrs Bennet—Elizabeth's mother.

Darcy's initial snubbing of Elizabeth gives rise to prejudice within her, as she perceives him to be arrogant and insufferable. She later struggles to acknowledge that she could have been wrong about him.

Another example of excessive pride that comes to mind is Lady Catherine de Bourgh, who is so blinded by selfishness and pride that she sees fit to attempt to stand in the way of Elizabeth and Darcy's happiness, in the hopes that Darcy would marry her own daughter.

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The title is, in a sense, ironic. In the novel, as Elizabeth starts...

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