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The themes of class and class consciousness as seen in Pride and Prejudice strictly regulate the daily lives of middle and upper class men and women at this period in England In her novel Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen portrays class-consciousness mainly through the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth as it was from when they first met until the time when Elizabeth visits Pemberley Austin also shows class-consciousness through many of the other characters in the novel such as Mr Collins who spends most of his time praising and exaggerating the grandeur of his upper-class patron Lady Catherine de Bourgh Though Mr Collins seems to be an extreme example there are many other class-conscious characters in this novel as well His perception of the importance of class is shared among others by Lady Catherine de Bourgh Miss Bingley and Wickham Mr Collinss views are merely the most extreme and obvious Jane Austen shows the ability of people to overcome these class boundaries and prejudices with the power of love through the marriages of Elizabeth and Darcy and Jane and Bingley therefore implying that such prejudices are meaningless unnecessary and unproductive Mr Collins and Lady Catherine de Bourgh are some of the more extreme examples of class-consciousness within Pride and Prejudice and are being used by Austin to accentuate the themes of class and class-consciousness which exists in many people throughout various levels or classes of society I am happy on every occasion to offer those little delicate complimentsher daughter seemed to be born a duchess and that the most elevated rank instead of giving her consequence would be adorned by her P66 This quote in which Mr Collins is addressing the Bennets regarding Lady Catherine de Bourgh is one of the many examples of Mr Collins superficial remarks which greatly exaggerates the grandeur of Lady Catherine de Bourgh and in this instance her daughter as well If I had ever learnt I should have
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