The weapon that Jane Austen employs against its suffocating effects is that of irony which is all the more telling for its gentle mockery.
At a time when women had no political or financial individuality, she shows how the powerless can influence and migrate the more soul-destroying aspects of female impotence.
She can be bitterly cutting however in her remark on Darcy’s role in separating Bingley and Jane: “Mr. Bingley, and takes a prodigious deal of care of him.” (pg.
202)The author also independent of any character, uses’ irony in the narrative parts for some of her sharpest judgments The Meryton Community is glad that Lydia is marrying such a worthless man as Whickham: “…
There are various forms of exquisite irony in Pride and Prejudice, sometimes the characters are unconsciously ironic, as when Mrs. Bennet and Elizabeth serve to directly express the author’s ironic opinion.
Bennet seriously asserts that she would never accept any entailed property, though Mr. When Mary Bennet is the only daughter at home and does not have to be compared with her prettier sisters, the author notes that: “it was suspected by her father that she submitted to the change without much reluctance.” (pg.189) Mr.
Collins for purely materialistic reasons, Elizabeth knows their friendship can never be the same; they will separate.
This stress on good sense brings characters together as well.
The main strand of this story concerns the prejudice of Elizabeth Bennet against the apparent arrogance of her future suitor, Fitzwilliam Darcy, and the blow to his pride in falling in love with her.
Though a satisfactory outcome is eventually achieved, it is set against the social machinations of many other figures; the haughty Lady Catherine de Bourgh, the fatuous Mr.