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Explain Define the idea of pride and prejudice as they are used in the novel Are they always negative characteristics How does Jane use these character traits to define her characters and to show their development Pride and prejudice are very important characteristics in Jane Austins novel Pride and Prejudice The characters are drawn by these characteristics the society is built upon them and they often spur the events and provide reason for the complications in the novel The novel is mostly about a woman Elizabeth getting over prejudices and a man Darcy letting go of his pride These characteristics although seeming both negative are actually quite practical and in some cases quite positive Pride is a broad noun covering everything from self-respect to vanity In this novel the two proudest characters are of course Darcy and Elizabeth Elizabeths prejudice towards Darcy begins because he hurt her pride and Darcys proud mannerisms continued to create more prejudices against him Darcys pride in this instance is seen as a negative trait but pride is not always a bad thing Pride in smaller quantities can give you self-confidence and self-respect and allow you to be a happier person Elizabeth felt that if you were of a higher class then you deserved to be proud and perhaps colder to those below you It is only when pride turns into vanity or arrogance or when your pride start to negatively affect others that it is seen as a negative trait Prejudice is a much more complicated idea The concept of judging someone before you actually know them seems unfair and quite a negative concept But sometimes this prejudice can save time When you meet a group of people most people find someone who looks friendly to talk to If you got to know every single person before you judge them you would find it hard to make friends in a short space of time and you just wouldnt
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