Love Has No Labels

Pride and Prejudice

Pride Can Cloud Your Judgment, But Love Will Overcome

Labels and misjudgments obscures the visions of everyone, whether it is a label of ourselves or of others. This is evident in Jane Austen's intricate novel, Pride and Prejudice. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are both victims of this. In the beginning of the story, Darcy is placed in a setting where he feels above everyone else. He says, “She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men." (Darcy, Ch. 3) His pride has overtaken his judgment of others. Because of this, he declines a dance with Elizabeth and insults her. He later regrets this mistake because as he observes more carefully, he will eventually realize her true beauty, which he did not see before due to his arrogance. In this case, Darcy labeled himself as superior which distorted his decisions. Similarly, Elizabeth, her pride mortified, labels Darcy. Throughout most of the book, she denies Darcy's apologies and refuses to believe anything else besides the fact that he is a pretentious man. However, towards the end, she begins to comprehend that Darcy is tolerable, and eventually falls for him. “We all know him to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man; but this would be nothing if you really liked him.” (Mr. Bennet, Ch. 59) Ultimately, Elizabeth sees past Darcy's pompousness and falls in love with his sincerity and his humility. Throughout all this, Jane Austen proves that even the most troublesome of obstacles can not interfere with true love.

Clear the Fog That Is Prejudice, and You Will Find Sensibility.

A story of a man and a woman with the wrong first impressions.

Early in the 19th century, a good husband was all a woman could wish for. Elizabeth Bennet and her four sisters do their best when it comes to finding a husband. When Elizabeth Bennet meets Fitzwilliam Darcy, she finds him to be contemptuous, due to the fact that Darcy saw himself superior to Elizabeth. Soon, however, Darcy finds himself falling for Elizabeth's beauty and intelligence. Elizabeth's sister on the other hand, Jane, seems to be having great luck finding Mr. Bingley, Darcy's friend. Later, Mr. Collins, a pompous man hoping to claim the Bennet inheritance, tries to charm Elizabeth. Eventually, he proposes marriage to Elizabeth, which she declines. Darcy then leaves Elizabeth's shire, taking Bingley with him. She soon begins to take an interest in Wickham, a military officer. Wickham tells Elizabeth of Darcy's cruelty and how Darcy took Wickham's money. Later in the book, Mr. Collins marries Elizabeth's best friend, Charlotte Lucas. She goes to see Charlotte, and Darcy begins to visit Charlotte more often as well. After several visits, Darcy surprises Elizabeth with a marriage proposal. She refuses, pointing out his arrogance, his wrongdoings with Wickham, and how he drove Bingley away from Jane. Darcy responds to this with a letter explaining all his actions and how they were for benevolent reasons. Reading Darcy's letter, Elizabeth reconsiders Darcy and his actions. Later in the story, Elizabeth receives word that her younger sister, Lydia, has eloped with Wickham. Fearing disgrace on the Bennet name, they search for Lydia, but returned with no luck. Soon, they are found, and Elizabeth finds out the Wickham was paid annual income by Darcy to marry Lydia. Elizabeth is reunited with Darcy once again, and despite Darcy's aunt's wishes, he and Elizabeth fall in love and marry.

Jane Austen

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 and passed on July 18, 1817. Austen is known for her historical romance novels. Even as a child, she was known as a romantic. Raised in the English landed gentry, she was taught by her older brothers and her father. She was well educated, and she loved to read and write. At first she wrote to entertain her family, but then she discovered that writing was her passion. She experimented with many writing styles, but soon realized that romance novels were her best work. Pride and Prejudice has received the titles of "Mother of the Modern Novel" and "Modern of the Modern Romance Novel". Besides this, Pride and Prejudice is one of the most read and loved books by people everywhere. There has been everlasting praise and love for this book since the day Austen first published it, and there will be for posterity to come.