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pride and predjudice

            The title of pride and predjudice, by Jane Austen,can be interpreted as a theme running through the movie. Pride, is very common. I am convinced that it is very common indeed, that human nature is prone to it. Vanity and Pride are different things, though the words are often used together. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride related more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have other think of us. Pride and or vanity is displayed in different forms by each character. Ms. Austen was trying to send this message that an excess of pride or vanity is harmful. Those characters who can recognize their flaw emerge as the true heroes of the movie. In may minor characters of the movie, pride is a common characteristic. Mrs Bennet, for instance, is extrememly proud when it comes to her daughter's marriages. She is so concerned that her neighbors have a high opinion of her that her own vanity will not even alow her to think of her daughters love and happiness. This is best shown with the case of Elizabeth Bennet's propsed marriage to Mr. Collins, a man she did not love. Mrs. Benett's was so upset when her dauighter refused Mr. Collins offer that she would not speak to her for passing up such an opportunity. We can see an example of pride in Mary Bennet. To the embarrasement of her family, Mary would take every chance she could to put on a show whenever in a public situation. Although she was not talented in any of the activities she decided to undertake, her high opinion of herself and her desire to build herself up in the eyed of others enabled her to display her supposed talents. Mr. Collins possesseds a definite sense of vanity. He isn't concerned about his own opinion of his character, for as we see his character leaves much to be desired. All that he cares about is what others think of him. He always needs the approval of others. When he gives Elizabeth the grand tour of his home, he is looking for her approval.

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