In fact, Pride and Prejudice was originally entitled First Impressions. However, the novel
is not only about first impressions. Although we can find the first impressions about the
characters through the first few chapters, this book shows us the effects of those
impressions on the individual characters--prejudices of the characters. The story almost
evenly describes the defects of Fitzwilliam Darcy who show "pride" at the beginning of the
novel; he speaks carelessly and insultingly to Elizabeth Bennet, and George Wickham who
deceives others on purpose and conceals his truthless character. Elizabeth misunderstood
both of them at first because of her prejudice.
At first I have assumed that the title of this novel alludes clearly to Darcy's "pride"
and Elizabeth's "prejudice." I also thought that the novel tells how Darcy and Elizabath
overcome their pride and prejudice. However, I realize that this over simplifies the
author's purpose. We can certainly see that Elizabeth has "pride" as much as Darcy has.
She is proud of her intelligence, comprehension and independence. Actually, Darcy's pride
disappears quite a bit early in this novel. By chapter 6, he is starting to change his
attitudes towards her. He is humbling himself to be close to her. This shows