Pop quiz: in Pride and Prejudice, who represents pride, and who represents prejudice?
Okay, we confess: it was a trick question. Turns out, almost everyone's guilty of pride, with maybe the exception of Jane and Bingley. From obvious candidate Darcy to Mr. Collins—who totally doesn't deserve to be proud about anything—to Mr. Darcy's servant, everyone we meet takes pride in something. The question for Lizzy and for us, as we all learn to be better judges of characters, is when is that pride deserved, and when is it just plain ego?
In Pride and Prejudice, pride goes before a fall. Lizzy and Darcy both have to be humbled before they can get together.
In the best-case scenario, pride can encourage people to behave better.