Pride and Perception in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Jane Austen's society values impressions, and considers them an important aspect of their traditions. A first impression determines the complete perception of that person. In Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet learns a hard lesson by basing her understanding of different characters entirely on their first impressions. "The funny is concerned with a heroine who have must be knowledgeable out of the condition of self-deception brought on by the shutters of pride right into a condition of belief when that pride have been humbled throughout the exposure in the errors of judgement in which it includes led her" (Watt, 98). Through incidences within the novel Pride and Prejudice, the perception based on first impressions of Wickham and Darcy in Elizabeth Bennet's eyes alters.
Elizabeth's household of Wickham and Darcy come from sociable interaction. At a ball in Meryton, Darcy's "character was decided. He was the proudest, many disagreeable gentleman in the world, and everybody hoped that he'd never come there again" (Austen 11). This quick opinion of Darcy's figure opposes the opinions of Wickham. He appeared "far beyond all of them in person, countenance, air and walk. " Wickham as well seemed, "the happy person towards to whom almost every feminine eye was turned" (Austen 66). Elizabeth makes a speedy judgement of both the personas and individuality of Darcy and Wickham. "Elizabeth is totally taken in by almost translucent duplicity of Mr. Wickham regarding him self and his relationships with Mister. Darcy and the Darcy family" (Moler, 25). These major perceptions impact her feelings for Darcy. Elizabeth decides to befriend Wickham, also learns very much about Darcy from him. "Eliza...
... zabeth's life. This individual gets Lydia to write to Pemberly requesting money. "I am sure Wickham would like an area at courtroom very much, and i also do not think we shall possess quite cash enough to live upon with out some help" (Austen 325). At this point Wickham falls coming from all admiration in Elizabeth's eyes, and his alteration of perception concludes.
Elizabeth discovers during the course of the novel that first impressions should never
determine someone's complete belief. "Austen activates us both equally intellectually and emotionally in [Elizabeth and Darcy's] painful progress toward greater self-awareness, toward acknowledgement of their different varieties of pride and prejudice, and thus toward increased perceptiveness relating to those around them" (Moler, 6). At the sees her fault inside the original notion of Darcy and Wickham, and willing acknowledges and alters those 1st perceptions.