In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, pride is a major theme that is illustrated through several different characters. Austen strategically places this quote at the beginning of the novel to make readers aware of a major theme in this novel. Throughout the novel, pride and vanity were constantly putting Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy' relationship on hold. Although pride usually has a positive conotation, in this novel Austen portrays it is a negative attribute of these characters. Their opinion of themselves makes it impossible throughout the majority of the novel to compromise with each other. However, in the end they are able to look past their pride and develop a healthy relationship.
"Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice -- Index of Characters." Jane Austen | The Republic of Pemberley. Web. 24 Mar. 2010.