In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen highlights the fact that the human nature is inborn and through socialization in the society, one may acquire good or bad character traits. This means that human nature can be changed to suit the situation and bad habits can be eliminated so as to become respectable in the society. She uses Darcy and Elizabeth to demonstrate two characteristics of human nature; pride and prejudice. Elizabeth has the natural ability to examine situations in a reasonable manner before passing her judgement. However, the subjectivity of human nature is shown when her mother cultivates bad thoughts in her about Darcy, “…he is a most disagreeable, horrid man, not at all worth pleasing. So high and conceited that there was no enduring him!”(p.10).
Darcy on the other hand is well known for his generosity; he helps those in need out of the goodness of his heart without expecting any reward. However, he denies his feelings towards Elizabeth due to societal influence. He tells Bingley, “…she is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me,”(9). Austen proves that what we become later in life is as a result of how much we allow the society to influence us.
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