The Importance of Dialogue

As American readers, we get to experience the different types of dialogue that come with English humor and culture.  Distinguishing how each character uniquely presents him/herself through dialogue is a great way to show character development and see traits that otherwise could not be expressed.  Often times throughout the story, Austin doesn’t even acknowledge which character is speaking.  The dialogue is so specific to the character that Austin does not even need to end dialogue with verbal expressions  E.G. “….” as Darcy exclaimed.

Through Mr.Bennet’s dry humor, we can experience his emotional detachment with the family.  Mrs.Bennet hardly ever has a moment depicted as calm and relaxed.  In Mr.Collins long and over-extended speeches, we get a  sense of his monotonous yet pompous attitude which defines him in ways that only dialogue can portray.  Characters such as Mr.Wickham sway their way with characters like Elizabeth strictly based on his smooth and pleasant tongue.  The most important example of dialogue in the book is how co-incidentally both Elizabeth and Darcy are the most vocal (at least best conversationalists) in terms of plot change and how their relationship grows throughout the story in a way that only dialogue could have portrayed it.

Most famous line from Pride and Prejudice:

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.



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