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In the classic 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice originally entitled First Impression Jane Austen approaches satire and irony with full force exhibiting both throughout the novel In this novel Austen is critical of the English societies and prejudices of its upper classes During this era class divisions were related to family connections and wealth Throughout this novel Austens characters convey irony in their actions and satire in their tone Although Austen is notorious for writing novels of this nature Pride and Prejudice is unique because the satire and irony is derived through the characters and their pride and prejudices The novels protagonist Elizabeth Bennet is intelligent quick-witted and posses a sharp tongue She is the second daughter of Mr and Mrs Bennet and is the most sensible of the five Bennet sisters The novels antagonist is Fitzwilliam Darcy Darcy is wealthy intelligent and honest but he has too much pride and tends to look down on others While attending a social gathering Mr Darcy is introduced to Elizabeth Bennet and readers witness Elizabeths satirical tongue While Mr Darcy discussing the quality of people in attendance at the gathering to a gentlemen friend Elizabeth listened analyzing Darcys close-minded views After hearing him state that her sister Jane Bennet was the only person in attendance worthy of their company she immediately viewed him as a pompous and arrogant man When Darcy approached Elizabeth their brief conversation exhibited Jane Austens views about the conceded higher class Austen then introduced her readers to Elizabeths satirical tongue Elizabeth explained to Dracy in a sarcastic tone that she was not worthy of his company due to his higher social status Although their encounter was brief it resulted on a long ironic and satirical courtship Austen let the reader view Darcy as dark and cold and Elizabeth as the strong and pure character Darcy had never encountered a women like Elizabeth Bennet and although she was not of his class he
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