The Portrayal of Male Fools in Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice

Ali Albashir Mohammed Al-Haj


The present study aims at studying the male fools in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen’s primary interest is people, not ideas, and her achievement lies in the meticulously exact presentation of human situations, the delineation of characters who are really living creatures, with faults and virtues mixed as they are in real life the writer’s unique merits give a faithful representation of real life and this is what we meet in her masterpiece Pride and Prejudice. Also, humor touches and illuminates all her best characters.

Jane Austen is not a social reformer, she is only a keen social observer who reminds people of their shortcomings. For example in Pride and Prejudice. The writer uses fools and nerds as a medium for criticizing her own society in general and through the two males—Mr. Collins and Mr. Wickham. Also, she treats various themes: pride and prejudice, and human folly in particular.

Finally, the paper ends with the conclusion that, the characters of male fools in Pride and Prejudice are fixed characters, who do not change throughout. But in spite of that, they are worth attention, because they are interesting and are used for various themes.

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