Misperception Of The Truth In Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice

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In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austin often portrays that some facts are perceived as the truth but are actually lies. Austin consistently illustrates that certain details are falsely presumed to be the truth. She shows the reader the characters’ understanding of the story but then later reveals the actual truth. Additionally, she also indicates that this misperception of the truth is often caused by the reliance of one on emotions and feelings to obtain the truth rather than reason and rationality. Throughout the story, the reader can conclude that Austin’s reasoning behind the characters constant misunderstanding of the truth is that when choosing what to believe as the truth, one instinctively involves emotions and sentiments which would be misleading in the path of accessing the truth. In Pride and Prejudice, Jane is the simplest example of the falsehood of finding the truth through feelings and emotions. Her extremely sentimental character disables her from believing the actual truth because her emotions tell her otherwise. Her simple and naïve personality is a major factor in her choice to believe sweet lies rather than the bitter truth. Jane continuously refuses to accept the truth and instead chooses to believe lies she creates. Elizabeth is another example of believing something as the…show more content…
Darcy, she chooses to believe the story instead of first investigating the truth. The truth, which Austen reveals later on, was actually nothing like what Wickham said; Darcy explains what happened exactly, how Wickham took money to study law but then came back with neither the money nor the degree and asked to be a clergyman but Darcy refused. If Elizabeth was to use reason and rationality to obtain the truth, she would’ve heard the other side of the story to try and find out the truth. Emotions and feelings led Elizabeth into accepting a
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