The Union of Pride and Prejudice
Ranim Ziade Mr. Swanlund English 101 TR 2:30-3:45 10 December 2009 The Union of Pride and Prejudice “You love me! ” exclaimed Mr. Darcy with an aggravated look on his face. “Yes, just as much as I loathe you! ” replied Elizabeth while tears ran down her face. Pride and Prejudice illustrates the love that young, and not so wealthy Elizabeth has for the dashing and rich Mr. Darcy. Jane Austin’s original novel of Pride and Prejudice exemplifies love, and how it cannot stop two people from coming together just because of social class or family expectations.
Jane Austin targets young adults, mainly those who are in love, because she establishes a theme that explains love can happen to anyone. The passion that is produced from the actors, allows the audience to feel they can fall in love with whomever their heart chooses. Elizabeth is a strong and prideful individual, who comes across Mr. Darcy, a prejudice and self- centered man. Because of the roles Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy play, there is a major connection between them. In the 2005 movie rendition of Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth’s pride in herself and Mr.
Darcy’s prejudice behavior on social class, allows them to realize the true love they have for each other because of their constant arguing, and the connection with “opposites attract. ” Pride and Prejudice carries an overall plot that establishes a story on the game of love among the British upper classes. The theme is the title, Pride and Prejudice, which indicates preparation to judge, classify, and accept. By being able to divide pride and prejudice among Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, the audience can distinguish the differences between these two characters.
Most of the people coming to watch this movie are those who are inspired by love and believe that love can conquer everything. The audience is being affected in mainly two ways, love and hate. In most relationships the couples experience love, just like Elizabeth and how she realizes she loves Mr. Darcy. The other feeling people experience in a relationship is hate, and this feeling is shown between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy in many scenes throughout the movie. Elizabeth is the character that creates passion and love, while Mr.
Darcy is the man who carries great power and hate. The movie introduces the Bennets who are the parents of five daughters, and moderately content with their poor lifestyle. When news of the arrival of two distinguished men, Mr. Darcy and Charles Bingley reaches the Bennets, Mrs. Bennet quickly arranges a meeting, hoping to marry one of her daughters to them. Jane Bennet, the oldest daughter takes a sudden interest in Mr. Bingley, but Elizabeth finds Mr. Darcy extremely disagreeable. After dealing with endless problems from each other, Elizabeth and Mr.
Darcy realize that their differences is what ties them together, so they end up falling in love. An intelligent and strong-willed woman, Elizabeth inspires the audience because it allows them to keep hoping she will always do the right thing. Elizabeth Bennet’s character is the essence of pride. Her first encounter with Mr. Darcy reveals the sudden interest she takes in him, while trying to ignore his conceit. In the very beginning of the movie, the characters are introduced at a ball, and after inspecting Mr. Darcy thoroughly, Elizabeth likes what she sees.
Mr. Darcy then tells his friend Mr. Bingly how “childish” Elizabeth is, and later that night Elizabeth tells her sister what Mr. Darcy said and how it affected her, making her sad. “I could more easily forgive his vanity, had he not wounded mine” (Pride and Prejudice). Elizabeth explains to Jane that she would have easily gotten over Mr. Darcy’s pride, if he had not hurt hers. Mr. Darcy brought up Elizabeth’s wealth a couple times in the movie, but whenever he said something to try and bring her down, she ignored it and stayed strong.
Regardless of the amount of money Elizabeth’s family had, she remained happy and loyal to them, and carried an enormous amount of respect for her father. When Mr. Collins, the cousin to inherit the Bennet property, proposed to Elizabeth, she ran out of the house and begged her father to not force her into marriage. While Elizabeth’s mother was angry that she refused to marry Mr. Collins; Mr. Bennet permitted Elizabeth to do as she pleased, which illustrated his love for her. Elizabeth’s recognition to be herself demonstrates how true she is, and how she will not change for Mr. Darcy.
When the queen, Mr. Darcy’s aunt, came to Elizabeth’s house to tell her that Mr. Darcy was arranged to marry her daughter and to stay away from him, Elizabeth stood her ground and told the queen she would do as her heart desires. Elizabeth’s true character is a strong and prideful individual who does as her heart tells her, and tries to show Mr. Darcy how to be himself by not being so proud. However, while Elizabeth exemplifies pride, Mr. Darcy’s character is the essence of a more proud and prejudice man. Elizabeth acts like herself by speaking her mind, and when she mocks Mr.
Darcy for not dancing with her at the ball, he gets offended and angry. Mr. Darcy tells Elizabeth in order for him to truly love someone, she must carry no immoral characteristics to weaken his pride. “Maybe I find it hard to forgive the follies and vices of others or their offenses against me” (Pride and Prejudice). Because he is so proud, he feels that no one should interfere with his “superiority. ” His pride makes Elizabeth look at him as an “arrogant” person, which aggravates him because he cares about the way she feels. When it comes to social class, Mr.
Darcy is very prejudicial on social standing. Mr. Darcy instantly realizes that Elizabeth’s parents barely have enough money to support their daughters. He judges Elizabeth based on her social class, and assumes she does not meet his expectations because she is not wealthy. Mr. Darcy’s character is very mysterious, which lures in the audience because they do not know what to expect from him. He immediately develops feelings for Elizabeth after their first encounter, but manages to hide them. Elizabeth tries to get to know Mr. Darcy even more after her family and even the queen, disapprove of their love.
This shows Elizabeth’s rebellious personality to do whatever her heart tells her to do. Even though Mr. Darcy’s character is very ignorant and judgmental, he realizes Elizabeth’s pride and passion to do as she desires, and he starts to accept her. Even with all their differences, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy share some commonalities. One quality Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy share is the satisfaction with their lifestyle. Elizabeth lives on a farm, and she is perfectly happy with her family, the same way Mr. Darcy is happy in his mansion; neither of them want anything more or less in their lives and are completely satisfied.
Another similarity between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy is the love they have for those they truly love, such as their family and closest friends. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy both lie to those they truly care about to protect them from getting hurt. Mr. Darcy tells Mr. Bingly that Jane is not as attracted to him as he is to her, which leads to Mr. Bingly and Jane separating. When Mr. Darcy tells Elizabeth that he had convinced Mr. Bingly that her sister Jane did not care for him as much as he did for her, Elizabeth was devastated that he had hurt her sister.
Jane asks Elizabeth if Mr. Darcy mentioned anything about Mr. Bingly, and Elizabeth lies and says no. They both tell the people they care about a cover-up story to protect them from the truth. They both care for their sisters. Elizabeth and Jane are constantly together and Elizabeth always comforts and supports her sister, while Mr. Darcy hardly ever sees his younger sister, Georgiana, they still remain close, and he always protects her no matter how far away she is. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are so similar because they eventually set their differences aside and come together.
After clashing with each other’s differences and realizing their similarities, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy acknowledge the love that has grown between them. The most important scene that displays Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s love for one another to the audience was the “rain scene,” which was when Mr. Darcy ran after Elizabeth to tell her that he loved her. She had found out the reason her sister, Jane and Mr. Bingley, spilt up was because of Mr. Darcy. Elizabeth was furious and extremely upset with him, so when he ran after her and told her he loved her, she looked at him like he was crazy, but she was surprised at the same time. I have fought against my better judgment, my family’s expectation, the inferiority of your birth, and my rank all these things, and I am willing to put them aside and ask you to end my agony, I love you” (Pride and Prejudice). The conversation between them creates great tension and deep passion, because of the tone in their voices and the setting of the scene, revealing the true love these two characters have for one another. The background and dark setting of this scene illustrates the intensity of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s conversation.
Mood is conveyed from the pouring rain and crack of thunder because it reveals the character’s angry feelings and the expressions displayed on their faces. The song “Your Hands Are Cold” by Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays in the background, and brings out the seriousness in the scene. The high pitch of the violins create suspense and leave the audience wondering if Elizabeth is going to tell Mr. Darcy whether she loves him or not. This scene symbolizes Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s passion because of their dramatic conversation. By looking at Elizabeth’s passion and understanding Mr.
Darcy’s dark character, the audience comes to realize the connection that draws them together. While viewing the conversations between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, love suddenly shifts to hate, because the dialogue produces a real connection between them and what they are saying. The audience is influenced by the intensity of the characters’ personalities. When comparing Elizabeth’s strength and Mr. Darcy’s conceit, they can understand “opposites attract,” as well as complete each other. They both depend on each other throughout this movie, which shows they need one another to truly be happy.
Mr. Darcy’s hidden feelings for Elizabeth and her love never fades, as he learns to accept the way she acts, and allows himself to enjoy her happiness. Elizabeth’s desire for Mr. Darcy’s love grows as she finds out that he tells Mr. Bingley he was wrong about Jane and reunites them, and later realizes that she has truly fallen for him. After constant disputes over love and social class, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy settle their differences and come together to unite pride and prejudice. Works Cited Pride and Prejudice. Dir. Joe Wright. Focus Features DVD, 2005.