Analysis Essay "Pride and Prejudice" Pride and Prejudice is a novel written in the late 1700's and early 1800's by Jane Austen. At this time period there was also a rise of the "Second British Empire". "Austen wrote it at a time when there was the rise of the "Second British Empire," and was one of the first authors to ever divulge into the writing possibilities of a topic such as Post Colonialism" (Brant, British Colonization). Pride and Prejudice however explores several other literary theories aside from Post Colonialism (notably Feminism, Marxism and Realism). Post Colonialism is the aftermath of colonization and is viewed as one of the most comprehensive literary theories for this novel. Post Colonialism is a vital aspect of the novel as it demonstrates the significance of wealth and social status and also reveals social hierarchy in which the roles of men dominate over that of women. Reading the novel while applying the literary theory of Post Colonialism clearly demonstrates the importance of which first impressions are meant to reflect the Post Colonial society in which the story is situated in.
"In the original 'Pride and Prejudice,' there are so many things suited to make it into a horror," Grahame-Smith insists. His book is actually 80 percent original Austen text -- he's simply woven a complementary monster story line into the existing romance. For example, in Austen's work, Grahame-Smith says: "There's a regiment of soldiers camped out in Meryton for apparently no reason. It's not a big leap to say that the regiment is there to burn coffins and kill zombies."
Mr. Darcy's seemingly rude behaviour towards Ms. Elizabeth in combination with his failure to associate with her results in an immediate dislike for one another this instantaneously holds him back from finding his way to Ms. Elizabeth later on in the novel. However, Mr. Darcy's judgment of Ms. Elizabeth changes throughout the chapters that follow shortly but her sense of him as "self-important" and "arrogant" remains the same until halfway through the novel Pride and Prejudice. In this situation, Mr. Darcy symbolizes a dominant nation that has yet to completely colonize but is showing progress and is described through Mr. Darcy's lust for Ms. Elizabeth's love. One may not view this as a strong example of Post Colonialism as the love that unfolds between Mr. Darcy and Ms. Elizabeth is true and pure in its fundamental nature as it is neither about Mr. Darcy's status nor his wealth. Despite Ms. Elizabeth's initial impressions of Mr. Darcy is that he is a man who was rich in status and in wealth, she eventually is able to look past his material and social benefits and into his personality instead.
Thus, as Jane is attracted to Mr. Bingley's wealth, it becomes clear that there is a direct correlation to the process of being colonized. This is where one can see a clear example of the Post Colonial aspect of Ms. Jane's first impression of Mr. Bingley. It may appear bizarre to compare people to countries, but in Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice we see that this is entirely applicable. During the time era in which Pride and Prejudice was written, the difference in social classes was so extensive that there was no "in between class", and this difference was also present between mother countries and un-colonized regions. They either were, or were not; either black or white, no shade of grey. It is quite apparent that throughout the course of this novel, the theory of first impressions plays a vital role in outlining the Post Colonial aspects of the society at the present time. The encounters at the Meryton ball in Pride and Prejudice are examples of Post Colonialism, as well as how first impressions are closely related to this literary theory. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1
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