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Virtue Vs. ViceVice is a very complicated word–an atrocious or immoral personal characteristic– that causes many problems throughout life. All throughout Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen we see characters noticing a vice in a certain person or in a group of people that causes them to look over all of their virtues. In the text we see pride get between two of the main characters, Mr.Darcy and Elizabeth. This causes them to have a very bumpy relationship with many ups and downs. Throughout the book Jane Austen shows us that pride and prejudice are a disease that plagues many characters in the book: causing them to only see others vices and look right over their virtues which causes relationships to be damaged or destroyed.Many of the characters that we see in Pride and Prejudice show that they are very proud of themselves: causing them to believe that they are too good for other characters and writing them off before they really get to know them and damaging relationships. Many of the characters that we see in Pride and Prejudice show that they are very proud of themselves: causing them to believe that they are too good for other characters and writing them off before they really get to know them and damaging relationships. Throughout the  beginning of the book we see Elizabeth not only be very proud of herself but she also critiques Mr.Darcy on how proud of himself he is, after reading the letter that Mr.Darcy sent to her about the Wickham fiasco she then realizes how she was also affected by how proud she was of herself as she says “‘How despicably have I acted!’ she cried. – ‘I, who have prided myself on my discernment! – I, who have valued myself on my abilities!’…’Till this moment, never knew myself,'”(159).This quote shows us how Elizabeth reacts when she realizes that she has been full of pride and letting pride in her ability to read and judge people get in the way or truly getting to know Mr.Darcy. By Austen using the verb cried it shows us how intense the realization was for Elizabeth; It really shows us how important it was that she realized how she was being hypocritical and the realization also allowed her to mend her relationship with Mr.Darcy which she destroyed about ten pages earlier. This quote helps support my thesis because it shows how Elizabeth’s pride almost destroyed her relationship with Mr.Darcy and if she hadn’t realized how pride fogged her vision of him they would never end up getting married. To conclude pride can destroy a relationship before you realize it. Pride is only one half of Pride and Prejudice. Relationships are not only damaged by pride but also by prejudice which many characters show by judging others before they really get to know the other person.

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