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Social Status Through Pride and Prejudiced Essay

  • Submitted by: hmadden6508
  • on November 12, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 503 words

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Throughout Jane Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice, social status determines marriage, relationships and reputation.   The main character Elizabeth Bennet is the vehicle by which the reader comes to understand Austen's message that status should not be a factor in love or marriage. Elizabeth's initial refusal of Darcy's hand and her rejection of Lady Catherine's demands support Austen's message.
Although Darcy thinks that he can marry whom ever he pleases because he has money and power, Elizabeth deflects his proposal her rejection is the initial force that Austen uses to show that status in society should not determine love.   When Darcy proposes to Elizabeth, Austin writes that he spoke of, “His sense of her inferiority of its being a degradation of the family obstacles which judgment had always opposed to inclination, were dwelt on with a warmth which seemed due to the consequence he was wounding, but was very unlikely to recommend his suit.” (Chapter 11 Vol. II). Austin writes, “Her inferiority of its being a degradation” through this statement the reader can infer that he is insulting her based upon her low status. Elizabeth immediately exposes his pride and faults him as being ungentlemanly. Austen succeeds in showing how the prideful nature of Darcy is unacceptable to Elizabeth and thus the reader knows that her refusal is based on her need for respect and love in a marriage.
Lady Catherine insults Elizabeth when she thinks that she can manipulate Elizabeths happiness for her own image because Elizabeth in not “rich” enough for lady Catherine's fancy. When Lady Catherine visits Elizabeth and demands that she does not accept Darcy's proposal, Elizabeth refuses by saying, “ I am only resolved to act in that manner, which will, in my own opinion, constitute my happiness, without reference to you, or to any person so wholly unconnected with me"(Chapter 13 Vol. III). Elizabeth states her independence to be with Darcy because she is the only person to decide...

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