Justification of the title Pride and Prejudice.
At the beginning of the novel â€˜Pride And Prejudiceâ€™ , Mary says â€œ human nature is particularly prone to it (pride)â€. In the novel, pride prevents the characters from seeing the truth of a situation and from achieving happiness in life. In the novel, Jane Austen displays a stark contrast between two characters of the story. She discusses the theme of pride throughout the novel. .
Darcyâ€™s pride in his position in society leads him initially to scorn anyone outside of his own social circle while Elizabethâ€™s vanity clouds her judgment , making her prone to think ill of Darcy. At the end of the novel, Darcy admits being â€œalmost taughtâ€ to be â€œselfish and overbearingâ€.
The Meryton ball introduces us to the two main protagonists of the novel -: Darcy and Elizabeth. Elizabethâ€™s quickness to judge Darcy and her pride in the accuracy of her perceptions prevents her from seeing the good side of Darcyâ€™s character. At the ball, Darcy was decided as the â€proudest, most disagreeable manâ€ as he danced only one dance and even commented that Elizabeth was only â€œtolerable, not handsome enough to tempt meâ€. Later Elizabeth meets Wickham and as she was already prejudiced against Darcy, she blindly believed every word that Wickham said about Darcy. Elizabethâ€™s folly in her misjudgments of Darcy and Wickham is that her vanity has prevented her from reasoning objectively.
If Elizabethâ€™s pride had not been wounded, she would have been a better judge and observer of Wickhamâ€™s character. But swayed by his â€fine countenance, a good figure and very pleasing addressâ€, she could not see through his deceit and impressed herself with Darcy being the most arrogant, haughty and proud man alive. Elizabethâ€™s first impressions catalogue Darcy as arrogant and self-satisfied; as a result, she later accepts slanderous accusations made by Wickham against him (Darcy) as true.