Pride and Prejudice (Literature) - TV Tropes

With Pride and Prejudice, Austen takes this convention to the extreme, designing all of the first and some of the second half of the novel after the title and the first sentence.

The opening line of Pride and Prejudice is one of the most famous in English literature.

To what extent can we distinguish between rational and emotional inputs into decision-making?
What role does the emotion and reasoning of patriotism play in the justification of prejudice?
Are emotions the enemy of good reasoning?
To what extent can our emotions be a guide for our decisions and beliefs?
Is reasonable behaviour the same as acting with reason, or perhaps acting with a reason?
Are there obligations for humanity to treat others in a specific manner?
To what extent do personal connections cause emotion to overpower reason?
Ways of Knowing: EMOTION and REASON
Areas of Knowledge: ETHICS
Social identity is a person's sense of who they are based on their group membership(s).

Henri Tajfel suggested that the groups which people belonged to were an important source of pride and self-esteem in the social world.

We enhance our own group(s) and discriminate others.
Respect to what we believe to be ethically or morally correct is often dependent on how we were raised.

Emotions derive from culture and past experiences.

Cultural tradition provides a point of reference to compare what is reasonable.
Knowledge Question:
“Emotions are the foundations of reason, because they tell us what to value.” - David Brooks
Prejudice is an example of schema that prevents people from seeing the world as it is and inhibits them from taking in new information.

Prejudices are based on past sensory experiences that shape their current beliefs.

The certain beliefs held about a group of people cause false interpretations of situations and the prevention of adapting new beliefs.
The war between Israel and Lebanon
Prejudice in school
Wars caused by religious conflicts:
Reason and emotion go hand in hand.

Together with culture and ethics, they form a foundation for our justifications.
If we believe something to be correct and we are able to reason it through emotional engagement and past sensory memory, is it unethical?

Pride & Prejudice: 1st Discussion – The Hunt for …

61. Pride and Prejudice has often been criticized for the fact that it appears unconcerned with the politics of Austen's day.

The concepts of pride, prejudice, and "universally acknowledged truth" (51), as well as the interpretation of those concepts, are the central focus of the novel....

The American Republic: Primary Sources - Online Library …

Pride and Prejudice
to the collection of books in the media center as soon as possible so that the students may have access to this great classic and learn from Elizabeth Bennet's mistakes.
The suspense in the novel
Pride and Prejudice
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The life lessons in
Pride and Prejudice
will help students develop as human beings, and will teach them to avoid judging people by first impressions.

Pride & Prejudice: 1st Discussion – The Hunt for Paperbacks

When she accepted his proposal, her father said, "'Are you out of your senses, to be accepting this man?'...How earnestly did she then wish that her former opinions had been more reasonable" (Austen 328).
Some may say that this is much easier said than done, and that merely reading about this will not affect the way people treat others.
However, if one reads a whole novel based around rethinking first impressions, they will at least be compelled to try and think differently about others, which will help them develop as people.
To Sum it Up

In conclusion,
Pride and Prejudice
should be purchased and added to the media center because it has a suspenseful plot, humor, and it teaches students important lessons about prejudice, and not judging a person based on first impressions.