Two types of pride are present in this novel – a negative interpretation that has the connotations of hubris and conceit, and a positive version as dignity. Hubris is often linked to unfounded high esteem of one’s masculinity. Another kind of excessive pride defies or ignores divine law and incites God’s vindictive wrath. Often, pride can lead to wrongdoings which are then recognized and regretted.
Pride is directly linked to masculinity in this novel.
Pride is not directly linked to gender, but seems to gravitate towards the powerful; this proves that women – like Janie and Mrs. Turner – briefly occupy positions of power in their society.