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The novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen covers a number of moral and social aspects that not only pertain to nineteenth century Great Britain but to humanity as a whole Pride and prejudice which are both part of the novels title are explored extensively through two of the main characters The novels story is essentially a romantic tale of how two individuals overcome obstacles placed before them by society other people and themselves to end up in a happy marriage Throughout the book Elizabeth Bennet the female protagonist overcomes her prejudice against Fitzwilliam Darcy who makes a bad first impression on her Darcy in turn has to overcome his proud nature which comes from his high birth and affluence in order to win over Elizabeth and realize what love really is The progression and changes in Darcys pride and Elizabeths prejudice are two of the focal points of the story whose developments can be traced throughout the novel Elizabeth and Darcys first encounter is at a ball and Darcys comments and behavior there set Elizabeths prejudice against him At first Darcy is admired by the townsfolk but soon they find him to be proud to be above his company and above being pleased 6 Then Elizabeth overhears Darcy telling his friend that he will not dance and that Elizabeth herself is only tolerable but not handsome to tempt him 7 This remark sets her prejudice against Darcy whom she scarcely knows and follows her through part of the novel Darcys pride can be attributed to his upbringing as he himself later tells Elizabeth that he was given good principles but left to follow them with pride and conceit and was spoilt by his parents who allowed encouraged almost taught him to be selfish and overbearing 282 His pride and wealth therefore cause him to view poorer society such as that of Elizas family with contempt These feelings of pride and prejudice therefore set up
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