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Pride in the Bible and Pride and Prejudice

            +One of the worst and easiest character flaw's to fall under would be acting too prideful. Pride puts the focus upon ones self instead of God who truly deserves it. Andrew Murray said, "Pride must die in you, or nothing of heaven can live in you." The Bible dictates for individuals to live without pride, but accounts from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice shows how difficult it was for Mr. Darcy due to his mistaken character. The Bible has many events where due to someone's pride comes a negative consequence. King Solomon, the wisest man in the world, understands what the flaw of pride can do to someone and states that, "One's pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor" (English Standard Version, Proverbs 29:23). He announces this to make known the punishments that will be brought by a prideful heart and personality. Pride comes inevitably in all human beings, but Solomon realizes that you must, "Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips"(English Standard Version, Proverbs 27:2). Solomon, with all of his knowledge, attempts to impute his wisdom upon his followers by telling them of the downfall that will occur if any trace of pride contaminates their character. Since the beginning of time, pride takes an unavoidable rule in human's characters, which is seen in numerous passages of the Bible that speaks negatively of the flawed character trait.
             Pride plays an important role in Mr. Darcy's character because it influences his actions throughout the novel. Darcy's prideful character was so terrible that every one at the ball agreed that, "He was the proudest most disagreeable man in the world, and every body hoped that he would never come there again"(Austen 13). His pride engulfed his personality so much that the company joining him at the ball wishes that his presence would never be an occurrence again.

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