How Does Jane Austen Present The Hypocrisy In Pride And Prejudice

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Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is perhaps one of the greatest love stories ever told. Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy overcome their own internal obstacles, such as pride, in order to be together. However, it is the external factor of social class that almost keeps them apart; Jane Austen represents the higher class in an unbecoming manner in order to show their hypocrisy and snobbery. The first time the reader meets Mr. Darcy, he is shown to be the epitome of a pretentious bachelor. Jane Austen does not give the reader an opportunity to judge Darcy; instead, she simply tells them “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…show more content…
When Lady Catherine asks about the Bennett’s governess, Elizabeth replies she never had a governess and Lady Catherine replies “No governess! How was that possible? Five daughters brought up at home without a governess!-I never heard of such thing. Your mother must been quite a slave to your education". Although Lady Catherine is the patron of Mr. Collins, she has no sympathy for the people he is supposed to be helping. Lady Catherine’s rudeness reaches its peak when she confronts Elizabeth on her engagement with Darcy. Lady Catherine is upset because she and the late Mrs. Darcy had planned the marriage of Darcy and Lady Catherine’s daughter since they were children. With the engagement of Darcy and Elizabeth, Lady Catherine says that “their marriage,[is] to be prevented by a young woman of inferior birth, of no importance in the world, and wholly unallied to the family?" Lady Catherine is in no way subtle when she tells Elizabeth she is inferior to Darcy and has no right to marry him. Lady Catherine is condescending, elitist, self-centered, and yet people respect her just because of her social class and wealth. Throughout Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen brings forth the flaws of the high class.

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