How does pride hinder or enable an honest understanding of one’s REPUTATION and how does that occur?
Pride & Prejudice
Lizzy demonstrates pride through her sense of self. She commends herself for often pushing the boundaries and the status quo of society.
The front that she presents to people that she may not care about society and others’ opinions of her.
Lizzy is proud of the way that she sometimes defies her parents or what society thinks is acceptable.
She portrays arrogance in the way that she doesn’t listen to others’ opinions because she feels that hers are superior.
She is taught to follow the norms of the upper class society in which Mrs. Bennet wants her to be a part of by marrying well.
Lizzy acts as though she does not care what others think about her but she constantly wonders whether Darcy likes her or not. She does care but tries to act as if she doesn’t.
She only sees the world through her eyes and does not consider others’ opinions. Although she is happy about Jane and Bingley’s engagement, she can only think about Darcy’s behavior and whether he likes her or not.
“To walk three miles, or four miles, or five miles, or whatever it is, above her ankles in dirt, and alone, quite alone! what could she mean by it? It seems to me to show an abominable sort of conceited independence, a most country-town indifference to decorum.” (37)
“That will make your Ladyship’s situation at present more pitiable; but it will have no effect on me.” (344)
“Oh, single, my dear, to be sure! A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls!” (6)
“But now several minutes elapsed, without bringing the sound of his voice; and when occasionally, unable to to resist the implus of curiosity, she raised her eyes to his face….She was disappointed, and angry with herself for being so.” (324)
“The occurrences of the day were too full of interest to leave Elizabeth much attention for any of these new friends; and she could do nothing but think, and think with wonder, of Mr. Darcy’s civility, and of his wishing her to be acquainted with his sister.” (252)