Name: Muhammad Tayyab BS English 4C Morning Roll No: MF 19574 Presentation: Novel
Discuss how the theme of Pride and Prejudice is related to the organic unity of society?
Man as a Social Animal
Jane Austen reflects the 18 th century view that man is primarily a social animal and has responsibilities to the rest of the society. The individual must subordinate his feelings and needs to the larger purposes of the society of which he is a part.
Love as a Social Art
Love is to be interpreted as less as an individual act than a social art because it happens at the will of the society, according to its laws and it will affect all the members of the society. Society is basically a web of personal relations, most readily seen in the network of relationships inside the family. Love and marriage are first important to members of immediate families but their influence spreads out like ripples in a pond to touch distant members of the family and finally the society itself.
Theme of Pride and Prejudice related to the organic unity of society
The elopement of Wickham and Lydia is an example of how other lives may be ruined by the selfish acts of the individuals; and the marriage not been immediately arranged by members of the families concerned, the happiness of Jane and Elizabeth would have been permanently jeopardized. Darcy would have been scared by the scandal, suspecting as he did that somehow he was responsible for Wickham.
The marriages which end the book are shown in the context of families concerned; we are told as much about Lydia and Wickham, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, Georgiana Darcy, Caroline Bingley, and Lady Catherine as we are of Jane and Bingley, Elizabeth and Darcy. The marriages contrasted by these four bring happiness and stability to everyone, not simply to themselves. Jane Austen and family considerations for marriage. Darcy and Elizabeth’s marriage.
Jane Austen does not say to marry only for love or only for family, or only for the good of society. She is not a philosopher but an absolutely phenomenal artist who gives us particular individuals working under particular circumstances. By giving us a sense of life in all its aspects, her novels achieve the complexity and intricacy of great art.