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In the novel Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen several if not all of her characters can confirm the belief that in order to achieve happiness one must discard their pride and in turn replace it with self-respect accompanied by some humility In addition acceptance and mutual respect must replace ones prejudice The novel reveals four couples that live through social inconviences The setting although the novel does take place in many different places is mainly broadcasted from Longbourn somewhere in England It is set around the Bennet family which consists of seven members Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters which of whom none are yet married At this period in time marriage was based a great deal upon money and reputation not so much love and trust When a single man entered town he was called upon only if his financial situation was above normal Marriage was based around land family connections and wealth In many minor characters of the novel pride is a common characteristic Mrs Bennet for instance is extremely proud when it comes to her daughters marriages of mercenary benefits 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 Bennets proposed marriage to the esteemed Mr Collins a man she did not love Four couples are followed through this novel three of which involve the daughters of the Bennet family However all the couples face their dilemmas and it is more important how they deal with their issues rather than the overall outcome The central focus of all the couples is the relationship between Mr Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet These two have the most interesting relationship because they challenge the ideals of the surrounding society in a great way Elizabeth comes
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