In literature, novelists tend to use dialogue as one of severaltechniques with which to express a character’s outlook on the world and to showus how they are thinking and how they are feeling. The dialogue within thePride and Prejudice is a very significant part of the novel as it is a wayrevealing to the reader the characters and the plot progression.
Jane Austen’suse of dialogue has long been regarded as one of her most significant creativeachievements and Pride and Prejudice is a striking example of how she usesconversations to show the ways in which her characters are behaving. The conversationswe read communicate that a character might be feeling optimistic, or perhapsrather sad and concerned. Austen even uses conversation to show how we can beboth selfish and generous in how we speak with each other.
The conversations inPride and Prejudice illustrate the themes of the novel and also give us animpression of how people would have spoken to each other two hundred years ago.Moving on, it is very important to refer that the characters, in JaneAusten’s Pride and Prejudice, come to life through dialogue. Some charactershave an inability to stop talking, while others remain quite and save theirwords for times when they need to convey their feelings.
Rarely is there acharacter embarking on a extensive speech, and there are not any chapterssolely devoted to describing each and every physical characteristic of eachperson. Jane Austen uses dialogue to portray the personality of her characters,to allow the reader to see the underlying feelings and meanings behind thecharacters words. Forinstance, Mr. Bennet’s character reveals itself in his conversations with hiswife and his daughters. When we first meet Mr.
Bennet, the women in his lifeare encouraging him to introduce himself to the wealthy new habitant ofNetherfield. Mr. Bennet’s wife believes that Mr. Bingley, the new owner ofNetherfield, would make a good husband for one of her five daughters howeverMr. Bennet, does not see the importance of his visiting Mr. Bingley and thisupsets Mrs. Bennet,.
” ?Mr. Bennet,, how can you abuse your own childrenin such a way? You take delight in vexing me. You have no compassion for mynerves’ ” (7). This quote is from Mrs. Bennet, addressing Mr. Bennet, andis quite typical of her dramatization of her life, Mr. Bennet, responds toaccusations in a way that causes Mrs. Bennet, ever more suffering.
” ?Youmistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my oldfriends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these twenty years atleast’ ” (7). Mr. Bennet, is a character of few words, though when heresides with six women who enjoy conversing it is most presumably an ordeal forone to speak his thoughts or opinions unless they are requested.Often times throughout the story, Austin doesn’t even acknowledge whichcharacter is speaking.
The dialogue isso specific to the character that Austin does not even need to end dialoguewith verbal expressions E.G. “….” asDarcy exclaimed. As I reder berfore, in Mr.
Collins long and over-extendedspeeches, we get a sense of hismonotonous yet pompous attitude which defines him in ways that only dialoguecan portray. Characters such asMr.Wickham sway their way with characters like Elizabeth strictly based on hissmooth and pleasant tongue. The most importantexample of dialogue in the book is how co-incidentally both Elizabeth and Darcyare the most vocal (at least best conversationalists) in terms of plot changeand how their relationship grows throughout the story in a way that onlydialogue could have portrayed it.