Austen's Moral Vision In Pride And Prejudice

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“Till This Moment I Never Knew Myself”: Austen’s Moral Vision in Pride & Prejudice Though Jane Austen’s work, Pride and Prejudice, appears to present itself as a light-hearted comedy, we can see upon further examination that the idea of the morality ever-presently implied throughout her work proves simultaneously objective in nature, and yet, not as black-and-white a matter as one might expect. In her unforgettable story, a wealthy gentleman lacking in not just tact but any basic manners whatsoever, Mr. Darcy, falls for the (not so wealthy) witty and spirited Elizabeth Bennet. With more than just social status standing between them the plot unfolds to reveal a story about first impressions, right and wrong, and having a laugh every now and again. Austen skillfully utilizes factors like the written style of her work, the humorous but not always so light-hearted nature of the story, and the complexity of her characters’ minds and actions to point us towards the objective but not absolute nature of morality throughout her novel. It is probably not a surprise to learn that Jane Austen was a thoughtful, particular, and skillful writer, but to communicate so much about ethics with literary devices and personal style alone, while also avoiding a particularly didactic writing style might be something that could be considered Austen’s speciality. She uses a variety of different literary techniques that help to get her main points about ethics across but probably the most

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