Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) essay

Essay by el_pacoHigh School, 12th gradeD, May 2004

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"In the moral sphere a man must act in accordance with his ideas, and in the course of action his ideas themselves will undergo development... it is by choice that he grows"

(J.F. Danley, Shakespeare's doctrine of nature)

Has this statement any relevance to the action of Pride and Prejudice?

The concept of this doctrine does indeed make relevance with pride and prejudice in several ways. The thought of people's ideas changing after the action of them can be traced back to a few characters in the story.

One for instance would be Elizabeth who was a person who was more open eared and found truth in more than just her own view. Of course this is not to say that she did not have views of her own for she was a knowledgeable young lady and had a keen sense of reality unlike the less intelligent in her family.

This is not just shown through her character alone but through her thoughts on others also such as Darcy. At first Elizabeth thought Darcy as an egotistical snobbish man whose main worries in the world were based completely on that of his own gratification. But as Darcy got to know Elizabeth he saw her intelligence and wanted to get to know her more after her stay at netherfield. By Darcy and Elizabeth's actions they got to know each other more and realized their similarities after changing their views of each other and out of this blossomed a relationship for one another.

Darcy's actions changed his personality exceptionally by the end, as he was able to admit the person he was to Elizabeth. This sentence can also make sense by the actions someone else makes to effect a persons ideas. An action performed by Darcy that changed Elizabeth's view on...