Any story reflects the mood of its period. The marriages of Darcy and Bingley are symptomatic of the mood of the period. The French aristocrats lost their heads not only because they were aristocrats but because of the assertion of their superiority. Darcy lost his arrogance and saved his head.

Pride and Prejudice was written at the time of the French revolution. The old aristocracy refused to acknowledge or accomodate the growing aspirations and power of an emerging brougeois class. Because of this stiff resistance to change, the pressure exploded as a revolution that physically destroyd the old French aristocracy.

While France resorted to violent revolution, English society chose the evolutionary path. The story depicts the social response to those events in England. The process of social transformation in the lives of the English gentility is summarized in Elizabeth's accusations against Darcy, accusing him of arrogance, pride, conceit and selfish disdain for others. Darcy's conscious individual response epitomizes the collective subconscious response of the English upper classes. He accepts the truth of her accusations and endeavours and transforms himself for the explicit purpose of pleasing and winning her. Read more about the charming story of romance where marriage becomes both a vehicle for and a product of social evolution.

The implicit theme of this story is that what the less civilized achieve physically, the more mature nation attains by a psychological change.


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