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The title of the novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen can be interpreted as a theme running through the novel Pride observed Mary is a very common failing I believe By all that I have ever read I am convinced that it is very common indeed that human nature is particularly prone to it and that there are very few of us who do not cherish a feeling of self-complacency on the score of some quality or another real or imaginary Vanity and pride are different things though the words are often used synonymously A person may be proud without being vain Pride relates more to our opinion ofourselves vanity to what we would have others think of us Pride andor vanity is exhibited in different forms by each characterMs Austen was trying to send the message that an excess of pride or vanity is indeed a failing Those characters who can recognize their flaw emerge as the true heroes of the story In many minor characters of the novel pride is a common characteristic Mrs Bennet for instance is extremely proud when itcomes to her daughters marriages of mercenary advantage She is so concerned that her neighbors have a high opinion of her that her own vanity will not even allow her to think of her daughters love and happiness This is best shown with the case of Elizabeth Bennet s proposed marriage to the esteemed Mr Collins a man she did not love Mrs Bennet was so upset when her daughter refused Mr Collins offer that she would not speak to her for passing up such an opportunity We can see an example of pride for imaginary qualities in Mary Bennet who was herself the speaker of this passage To the embarrassment of her family Mary would take every chance she could to put on a show whenever in a public situation Although
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