Pride and Prejudice, written In 1830 by the talented Jane Austin, Is a captivating romance novel revolving around the obvious traits of pride and prejudice. At first, Austin had planned to name the book First Impressions because of how much they affect the story. Darers impression of Elise is made out of pride, and Elizabeth makes an impression of Dared which prejudices herself against him throughout the novel. Also, because her first impression of Hickman was so agreeable, Elizabeth believes everything he says.
Selfishly, Dared places his pride above the value of others, and above his feelings of love for Elizabeth. Because her pride was hurt by Dared, Elizabeth strongly prejudices herself against him, which makes it all the more easy for Mr.. Hickman to deceive her. This story is simply full of Important impressions, pride, and prejudice. Originally Jane Austin was going to name her famous book First Impressions because of all the first Impressions made In the book. Dared, who Is very proud, Is the first to make an impression. While they are at the Worcestershire
Ball, Blindly asks Dared what he thinks of Elizabeth and the arrogant man replies with, “She Is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me. ” Hearing this, Elizabeth Bennett makes her first impression of Dared, that he is a proud insufferable man. When asked how well she was acquainted with Dared, she replies passionately, “As much as I ever wish to be, I have spent four days in the same house with him, and I think him very disagreeable. ” This leads to unnecessary trouble. Another important impression made, is Elizabeth of Hickman. Shortly after the ball, the Bennett sisters come across Mr.. Hickman in Emerson.
Captivated, the ladies found him to be, “Completely charming. His appearance was greatly in his favor; he had all the best part of beauty, a fine countenance, a good fugue, and very pleasing address. ” Elizabeth especially found the officer to be “far beyond them all in person, countenance, air, and walk. ” At their first meeting, Miss Bennett found Hickman easy to get along with and because of this she Immediately accepts his word as truth, instead of being reasonable and just. Overall, first impressions are important because they shape all the relationships, opinions, and attitudes used in the book.
Despite her original plan for a title, Jane Austin ended up naming the book Pride and Prejudice because of these strong faults felt throughout the story. Primarily these character traits are shown in Elizabeth and Dared. The Worcestershire Ball is where we first see Dairy’s pride. “Till his manners gave a disgust which turned the tide of his popularity; for he was discovered to be proud. ” Again we see his fault when he proposes to Miss Bennett. “And he was not more eloquent on the subject of tenderness than of pride. His sense of her Inferiority of Its being degradation of he family obstacles which Judgment had always opposed to Inclination… Doing no favors for himself, Dared places his pride before his love, and his sense of superiority blocks his display of true affection. Elizabeth Is stubbornly prejudiced. “And I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine. ” When Elijah’s friend informs her be the greatest misfortune of all! To find a man agreeable whom one is determined to hate! ” From Dairy’s pride, to Elizabethan prejudice, Jane Austin did an excellent bib titling her book. In writing this book, Jane Austin entertainingly shows that
Nee we are not careful we can let our first impressions lead to unnecessary pride and prejudice. Being excessively proud, Dared makes his impression of Elizabeth in an unjust manner. Had he humbled himself and viewed her as an equal, he may have discovered his love and her true beauty in an easier, less painful experience. Similarly, Elizabeth made her first impression of Dared from her pride. Trusting her first impressions, Miss Bennett puts her faith in the fiendish, evil Hickman. Consequently, she believes and acts upon hurtful lies bringing pain to Dared and embarrassment to herself.
We should learn from them. When meeting people, we should guard ourselves against being proud, and towards making hasty Judgments. Instead of letting our pride determine another’s character, we ought to humble ourselves and seek to understand them before we Judge their nature. Austin, though primarily writing a fun novel, added an important life lesson showing how pride, prejudice, and quick assumptions can lead to much unwanted and unnecessary difficulty. Dramatic and heart-wrenching, Pride and Prejudice is a novel which shows the consequences of unjustly made first impressions; pride, and prejudice.
Though first impressions are an important part in the book, as seen with Elizabeth of Dared, and Elizabeth of Hickman, they are not as damaging as Dairy’s pride and Elizabethan prejudice. Dared teaches us to be humble when meeting people and not to think we are greater than them because of our position in life. Having been hurt by Mr.. Dairy’s pride, Elizabeth teaches us that misjudging people from the feelings of embarrassment or pain lead to false assumptions and unnecessary hate. Along with being an entertaining novel, Pride and Prejudice is an example of the faults in wrong first impressions; Pride, and Prejudice.