Symbols in Pride and Prejudice

Ezequiel Quinone
Mind Map by Ezequiel Quinone, updated more than 1 year ago
Ezequiel Quinone
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Mind Map on Symbols in Pride and Prejudice, created by Ezequiel Quinone on 05/27/2016.

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Symbols in Pride and Prejudice
  1. Netherfield
    1. Fight between two different classes
      1. "...but he was now provided with a good house and the liberty of a manor, it was doubtful to many of those who best knew the easiness of his temper, whether he might not spend not spend the remainder of his days at Netherfield".
        1. Interpretation: Mr. Bingley is actually renting the land he is on however he is part of the rising class of merchants because of his father. He thinks it is best to leave the responsibility of buying an estate to his offspring.
          1. Mr. Bingley is the result of a new rising middle class which is at odds with the old money families who have been wealthy for a long time.
      2. Class is very important in this society however there are always rebels or challengers to any status quo.
      3. Marriage
        1. For some of the characters in Pride and Prejudice marriage represents economic freedom, however for a character like Elizabeth it actually has to do with love.
          1. "I am not romantic, you know. I never was. I ask only a comfortable home; and considering Mr. Collins's character, connections, and situation in life, I am convinced that my chance of happiness with him is as fair as most people can boast on entering the marriage state."
            1. This is a quote from Charlotte, one of the Bennett sisters and one could determine that she is influenced by the classic standards for a woman of that time. You marry a man who has a vast wealth in order to increase your status in society.
          2. Elizabeth
            1. She symbolizes the rebel in the book as she is the only one to outright claim that she wants to marry for love and not status
              1. "Mr. Collins is a conceited, pompous, narrow-minded, silly man; you know he is, as well as I do; and you must feel, as well as I do, that the woman who married him cannot have a proper way of thinking".
                1. Elizabeth is describing Mr. Collins this way because she is not fond of him, especially in a romantic sense. There was a possibility of Mr. Collins marrying Elizabeth however she completely rejects him which is not a normal things in this era where men dominate.
              2. Elizabeth is the rebel or challenger of the status quo in this case.
              3. Larger Meaning:
                1. In the novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen even though society sometimes places class or status restrictions on a person, it does not determine that person's future and love can overcome all obstacles.
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