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Jane Austen author of Pride and Prejudice uses humour in her novel to maintain the interest of the reader Some have said that Pride and Prejudice is a simple tale of love and marriage but it is in fact far more complex At the least it should be recognised as a comedy of manners and though romantic subplots could be said to drive the text Jane Austens clever and subtle wit reflects her own eye for the folly of human behaviour Chiefly she exaggerates the personalities of her characters such as those of Mr Collins and Lady Catherine De Bourgh to create this effect Using the juxtaposition of various characters the techniques of irony and satire and giving her caricatures witty dialogues Austen skilfully creates a message for the reader - to avoid the madness that she mocks - as well as entertaining them at the same time Mr Collins and Lady Catherine De Bourgh are two characters whose personalities have been embellished by the author to interest the reader Mr Collins is presented as having an overweening sense of class structure though a reader could easily imagine that Mr Collins only reached his status through his ingratiating ways As a clergyman he ought to be respected by people like the Bennet family and he subtly makes his concurring views on this topic known by excessively praising his patron Lady Catherine De Bourgh at every chance he has By publicly rating her so highly Mr Collins puts the Bennets down However the Bennet family find Mr Collins continuing pontification absurd and even quite ludicrous His worship of Lady Catherine is perhaps even greater than his loyalty to the church as he certainly talks of the former a great deal more Before the reader even meets Mr Collins they are given the impression that he is a pompous and rather absurd creature Can he be a sensible man sir No my dear I think not
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