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.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 I have acted!’ she cried.– ‘I, who have prided myself on my discernment!–I, who have valued myself on my abilities! who have often disdained the generous candour of my sister, and gratified my vanity in useless or blameable mistrust!–How humiliating is this discovery!–Yet, how just a humiliation!–Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind! But vanity, not love, has been my folly.–Pleased with the preference of one, and offended by the neglect of the other, on the very beginning of our acquaintance, I have courted prepossession and ignorance, and driven reason away, where either were concerned. Till this moment I never knew myself,'”(159). This shows us that Elizabeth sees herself in a new way as she says “til this moment, I never knew myself” where she is saying that until now I never realized that I am and have been just as proud and prejudice as others that I have criticized.
She also admits that her own vanity and her belief that she was so good at reading others had blocked her from seeing the truth. Jane Austen also used “she cried” to show us how shocked Elizabeth is coming to this conclusion. Austen used words like “wretchedly blind” to show us how blind Elizabeth was to her own pride. To finalize we see Elizabeth realize how prideful she was before and how she herself has been hypocritical by pointing out others pride but not realizing her own, causing her relationships to be damaged because of 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.