Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Theme: Selfishness

The theme of selfishness sometimes overpowers the objective theme of love in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Mr. Darcy for one is very selfish in the way that he proposes to Elizabeth. It was an inconvenience to him for feeling the way he did for Elizabeth, therefore, wanting her to appease his confused emotions by accepting his hand in marriage. He expects her to accept his proposal even though he admits that loving her is against his "will...reason...and character" (Austen 163).Charlotte Lucas, although of a shy character, is very self-pleasing as well. She said, "I ask only a comfortable home (110)." She married Mr. Collins, not for love, but for possessing the most peaceful life she can imagine to receive. Mrs. Bennet, even though supposedly wanting the best for her daughters, has a selfish nature. She wanted Elizabeth to marry Mr. Collins in the hopes of to stay in their home. Pride and Prejudice is full of self-centeredness. It is no wonder that most characters do not get on well. It is undoubtedly because of their pride and prejudice.

Austin, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. New York: Bantam Dell, 2003.

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