Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Who is "Pride" and who is "Prejudice?" Explain. in Pride and Prejudice

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In the most traditional readings of the novel, Mr. Darcy is seen as "pride," and Elizabeth Bennet, as "prejudice."

The plot of the novel kicks into action when Mr. Darcy is too proud to ask Elizabeth to dance. Elizabeth overhears him saying that she is not pretty enough to tempt him. Like any self-respecting young woman, Elizabeth is insulted and develops a prejudice against Darcy.

Darcy's pride and Elizabeth's prejudice put them at odds and cause mishaps that lead the course of their true love to not run smoothly. Darcy, because of his pride and his tendency to look down on Elizabeth's family, manages to enrage her during his first marriage proposal. Being proud, Darcy expects her to fall all over him when he, the grand Darcy, proposes to her, the lowly Elizabeth. However, she surprises him by bursting into a rage, telling him he has insulted her in every way possible through his arrogant proposal and telling him, in essence, that she wouldn't marry him if he were the last man alive.

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