Pride Essays

Pride and Prejudice

Consider Mr. Wickham’s function in Pride and Prejudice in terms of the geometry of desire. What is the source of Elizabeth’s attraction to in Mr. Wickham? What role does he play in her attraction to Mr. Darcy? What is the significance of his own amatory adventures? Pride and Prejudice is stylized in the 18th century tone. The novel introduces us to some very strong characters that brilliantly play their roles. Be it the despair of the Bennet family seeking wealthy,…

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Vanity Is a Virtue

Okay, I’ll admit that I like what I see when I look in the mirror. And even though I’m quite nervous talking in front of you, capturing the attention of a number of students, with all your eyes and ears on me, feels very fulfilling. Say it. It’s vanity. And yes, I am vain. So, as vain as I am, I’m going to stand before you today and prove that vanity is not a dreadful thing. Vanity is a moral…

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Hubris in Oedipus

Oedipus the King is considered one of the greatest classical tragedies ever written. When Sophocles wrote this great play, he followed the concept of tragedy which dictated that the tragic hero should embody a tragic flaw in his character which acts as a motivation for the character’s eventual downfall. In Oedipus the King, the tragic flaw of the play’s hero, Oedipus, is centered on the concept of hubris, or excessive and destructive pride. Oedipus, through his pride, ultimately experiences the…

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Pride and Prejudice and the Relationships of Women and Men

In the book Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen there are many relationships between men and women. This book was originally entitled First Impressions and when reading it is easy to understand how this title could be aptly appropriate to the story line and characters. In these relationships one of the things that can be noted is that men are primarily looking for sex and that women are looking for resources. There are several character relationships in the story that…

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Men’s Pride

In a story or a work of fiction, the characters are remembered by beliefs and personalities only they possess. These personality and belief make them stand out from all the other characters in the story. They do not have to be the lead protagonist or the main antagonist; rather, their belief or trait makes them the best in the eyes of some readers. In the case of two greatest works of fiction, “Epic of Gilgamesh” and “Othello”, it is the…

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A Matter of Pride

It is often a matter of pride to think of oneself as an independent thinker, free of the burden of requiring approval from others. The truth is, as human beings we are always seeking validation for our hopes, dreams and plans. Sometimes, we will encounter people who will not only listen to our ideas, but they will provide positive feedback. These people are known as ego boosters, because their words and actions help us to feel better about ourselves. Unfortunately,…

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