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- Class Issues, Walters
- Class Issues
"The comic formality of Mr. Collins and his obsequious relationship with Lady Catherine serve as a satire class consciousness and social formalities. In the end, the verdict on class differences is moderate."
- Class Issues, Kliger
- Class issues
"It the conclusion of the novel makes it clear that Elizabeth accepts class relationships as valid, it becomes equally clear that Darcy, through Elizabeth's genius for treating all people with respect for their natural dignity, is reminded that institutions are not an end in themselves but are intended to serve the end of human happiness."
- Theme, Steinberg
"The main object of Jane’s satire in the novel is the mercenary and the ignorance of the people, a common criticism of the 18th century. Characters in the novel which best carries these qualities are Mrs. Bennet, a foolish woman who talks too much and is obsess with getting her daughters married; Lydia Bennet, the youngest of the Bennet daughter who is devoted to a life of dancing, fashions, gossips and flirting; and Mr. Williams Collins, the silly and conceited baboon who is completely stupify by Lady Catherine in every aspect of his life that he has forgotten his own morals and duty."
- Comic Situations, Steinberg
- Comic situations
"Scenes such as Mr. Collins proposal to Elizabeth, and Lady Catherine visits to Lizzy at Longbourn, provides comic relief to the reader while at the same time revealing certain characteristics of the characters."
- First line, Steinberg
- First Line
"The main subject in the novel is stated in the first sentence of the novel: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." In this statement, Jane has cleverly done three things: she has declared that the main subject of the novel will be courtship and marriage, she has established the humorous tone of the novel by taking a simple subject to elaborate and to speak intelligently of, and she has prepared the reader for a chase in the novel of either a husband in search of a wife, or a women in pursuit of a husband."
- Elizabeth, Steinberg
"In the figure of Elizabeth, Jane Austen shows passion attempting to find a valid mode of existence in society. Passion and reasons also comes together in the novel to show that they are complementary of marriage."
- Elizabeth and Darcy, Steinberg
- Elizabeth and Darcy
"This relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy reveals the importance of getting to know one’s partner before marrying."
- Jane and Bingley, Steinberg
- Jane and Bingley
"However, unlike Darcy and Elizabeth, there is a flaw in their relationship. The flaw is that both characters are too gullible and too good-hearted to ever act strongly against external forces that may attempt to separate them"
- Lydia and Wickham, Steinberg
- Lydia and Wickham
"Lydia becomes a regular visitor at her two elder sister’s homes when "her husband was gone to enjoy himself in London or Bath." Through their relationship, Jane Austen shows that hasty marriage based on superficial qualities quickly cools and leads to unhappiness."
- The Bennets, Steinberg
- The Bennets
"He is Jane Austen’s example of a weak father. In these two latter relationships, Austen shows that it is necessary to use good judgement to select a spouse, otherwise the two people will lose respect for each other."
- Charlotte and Mr. Collins, Steinberg
- Charlotte and Mr. Collins
"However, Jane Austen viewed this as a type of prostitution and disapproved of it. In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen dramatizes this form of women inequality and show that women who submits themselves to this type of marriage will have to suffer in tormenting silence as Charlotte does"
- Mr. Collins, Lachapelle
- Mr. Collins
"He believes that his connection to Lady Catherine places him in the upper crust of society; however, this speculation is humorous, as Mr. Collins is simply an ostentatious churchman who will inherit the estate of a middle class family. He is convinced that he is doing Elizabeth a favor by proposing to her."
- Mr. Darcy, Lachapelle
- Mr. Darcy
"Again, because society has exalted the upper class, Darcy has been brought up to expect his social inferiors to please and serve him, which explains his surprise at Lizzie’s unsubtle refusal."
- Class Issues, Lachapelle
- Class Issues
"Jane Austen makes it indisputable that her novel, Pride and Prejudice, satirizes the social class system in England during the late 1700s. By creating characters who place themselves on pedestals according to their class, Austen is able to make light of the often derogatory class consciousness common to Regency England. On the other hand, this British novelist also shows that love and happiness can overcome all class boundaries."
- Class Issues, Schaeffer
- Class Issues
"The next indicator of class has to do with behavior. In a lot of novels from this period, behavior turns out to be the best sign of class: a female protagonist who is consistently polite, modest, upright, and moral generally turns out to be born in the landed classes - even the aristocracy - even if, for most of her story, she's thought to be well-born."
- Elizabeth, Poovey
"Miss Bingley despises Elizabeth for what she calls 'conceited independence' simply enhances our sympathy for conceit and independence, if these are the traits Elizabeth embodies. And when Elizabeth refuses to be subdued by Lady Catherine, whether on the subject of her music or her marraige, we feel nothing but admiration for her 'impertinence'"
- Elizabeth and Darcy, Poovey
- Elizabeth and Darcy
"Darcy and Elizabeth, then, learn complementary lessons: he recognizes that individual feelings outweigh conventional social distinctions; she realizes the nature of society's power. Their marriage purports to unite individual gratification with social responsibility, to overcome the class distinctions that elevated Lady Catherine over the worthy Gardiners, and to make of society one big happy family."
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