With only a few more months till graduation, I've been very busy with school as well as college preparation. Recently in British Literature my class read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, and was assigned to write a paper on the story for a major grade, so I've been busy!
Below is my finished paper (which gained a perf score), so since it's been awhile since I last posted, I decided to share it with all of you!^^
The story of Pride and Prejudice is sketched out briefly in the very beginning, only with one popular and well known quotation. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” (Chapter 1)
In the polite and social society which existed in England many years ago, there were many classes such as the lower class, middle class, gentry, clergy, newly rich, land owners, and the Aristocrats. All classes had their own individual ways of functioning. The lower of the non-working class, the Gentry is in which the Bennett’s were classified in. The main protagonist’s love interest, Mr. Darcy belonged to a class two points above on the social pyramid—the Great Landowners. Due to such a large social gap, this brings in the Prejudice aspect of this story.
When Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy met for the first time, our main protagonist perceives this Great Landowner as a very prideful person, someone that we would say is snobby, or stuck up in today’s world. Mr. Darcy at the ball described Elizabeth to be “tolerable” and “not handsome” enough for him, refusing to dance with her. To Mr. Darcy, the individuals in attendance at the Meryton Ball were inferior to him, and due to his haughtiness and snobby personality, many English thought of him unkindly—he was rude.
Of course on both ends, both Elizabeth and Darcy have their own form of faults in which they eventually learn to look pass as the story evolves. With love eventually to replace the ill feelings in which once existed between the two, Elizabeth slowly learns to not make hasty judgements about others, while her true love Darcy learns the same lesson, as well as humility, getting off his pedestal a bit.
Although set in a time period different from where we live in today, some character’s problems, as well as experiences can be related to. There are still people in this world whom fall in love, and whom are involved in a romantic relationships. Due to love and its obstacles being a major point in this work, I believe Jane Austen thought true love exists outside of social status, or hierarchy, and can overcome many circumstances. Pride and Prejudice is a beautiful work of English Literature in which tells the story of two individuals from different social hierarchies, who eventually overcomes struggles and various circumstances in which teach them valuable lessons as making them look past their preconceived notions of one another.
That concludes my paper! I've really enjoyed reading Pride and Prejudice, as well as the manga and movie, so I'd definitely recommend it to anybody.
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