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Pride and Prejudice On pride and prejudice which in your opinion comes in for sharper criticism from Austen Support your answer by referring to specific incidents and episodes pride n v 1 high or too high opinion of ones own dignity importance worth etc 2 the condition or feeling of being proud 3 a noble sense of what is due to oneself or ones position or character self respect self esteem prejudice n v 1 an opinion usually unfavourable formed beforehand or without knowledge thought or reason 2 disadvantage resulting from some judgement or action of another 3 the resulting injury or loss In my opinion pride comes in for the sharper criticism by Austen She has chosen to personify this trait in several characters in Pride and Prejudice although it is hard to find one character who portrays prejudice alone throughout the novel When prejudice does occur in this novel Jane Austen has shown it in the hands of a notoriously proud character Because prejudice is not personified ie depicted as a major characteristic flaw I believe that it was not to be the object of Jane Austens sharper criticism Jane Austen has depicted pride in her minor functional characters as a means of demonstrating its importance as a theme of this novel Lady Catherine is one of the main offenders her airs arrogance and pride are fuelled by other characters like Mr Collins who is put there to satire proud people and their followers Another important character to note is Mr Darcy He is an extremely important character in this novel a major character and I think that the fact that he was perceived to have been proud at the beginning of the novel by the reader Elizabeth and the community of the shire and our perception along with Elizabeth of his character
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