A Bookreport On The Novel, "Pride And Prejudice" By Jane Austen. This Bookreport Is Written By Taking Quotes From The Book And Then Elaborating On Their Importance To The Novel

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October 10, 2004Pride and PrejudiceJane Austen1.) "...Mr. Darcy soon drew the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien; and the report which was in general circulation within five minutes after his entrance, of his having ten thousand a year. The gentlemen pronounced him to be a fine figure of a man, the ladies declared he was much handsomer than Mr. Bingley, and he was looked at with great admiration for about half the evening, till his manners gave a disgust which turned the tide of his popularity; for he was discovered to be proud, to be above his company, and above being pleased; and not all his large estate in Derbyshire could then save him from ...view middle of the document...

Mr. Darcy had at first scarcely allowed her to be pretty; he had looked at her without admiration at the ball; and when they next met, he looked at her only to criticise. But no sooner had he made it clear to himself and his friends that she had hardly a good feature in her face, than he began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her dark eyes. To this discovery succeeded some others equally mortifying. Though he had detected with a critical eye more than one failure of perfect symmetry in her form, he was forced to acknowledge her figure to be light and pleasing; and in spite of his asserting that her manners were not those of the fashionable world, he was caught by their easy playfulness. Of this she was perfectly unaware; -- to her he was only the man who made himself agreeable no where, and who had not thought her handsome enough to dance with." (16)By reading the second quote, we can observe the plot is slowly escalating. Not only was Mr. Darcy repulsive to Miss Elizabeth Bennet, but also he deliberately mortified and dishonoured her at a ball. As the book progresses, you can see his pride materializing. Miss Eliza promised herself to never dance with Mr. Darcy, even if he pleaded with her. This promise is interesting, and captures its reader by making them wonder if Miss Eliza will keep her promise. Given that "Pride and Prejudice" is written from an omniscient point of view, the reader is well aware of everything that goes on, as well as the thoughts of every character, including Mr. Darcy.At this point in the book, the reader is aware that there will be a dramatic incident in the future. Mr. Darcy discovers he is attracted to the girl he previously found to be nasty and vicious. This situation creates opposing ideas in the reader's mind, leaving the reader's retinas pasted to every page. The suggestion that Miss Eliza could ever fall in love with such an unpleasant man seems improbable, and yet, the idea is interesting. Perhaps Miss Eliza's affections for Mr. Darcy would depend on whether his character would remain consistent in his personality. If Mr. Darcy underwent a miraculous change, would Miss Eliza be willing to forgive him?At this point in the book, it appears that Miss Eliza has had as much as she can take of Mr. Darcy. However, the exciting part is watching how Mr. Darcy manages to control his feelings. The reader becomes curious to see if his attempts at hiding his attraction from his party and Miss Eliza will become successful, while at the same time attempts to prevent his admiration for her from further growing. He believes that a man of his stature and finery can never be attracted to a lady who lacked decorum and civility. One can certainly brainwash oneself, but to argue with one's heart, is a different thing entirely.3.) "Miss Bingley made no answer; and soon afterwards got up and walked about the room. Her figure was elegant, and she walked well; --but Darcy, at whom it was all...

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