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Close Analysis of the Opening of Pride and Prejudice The first sentence talks about something that it presumes every person understands and agrees

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Close Analysis of the Opening of Pride and Prejudice The first sentence talks about something that it presumes every person understands and agrees with as it says, 'It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife'. It is a statement that related back to the era that Jane Austen wrote in: an era when people not only married for love but also on the grounds of rising up the social hierarchy, making useful connections and acquiring a large wealth. This is a theme that is discussed during Pride and Prejudice through the actions of the characters. Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813 and we can tell this through lexis and style in the first few paragraphs. For example, the lexical choices such as ' Michaelmas' and 'chaise and four'. At this time it was common for many wealthier people to travel around in a horse-drawn carriage. ...read more.


However, in Pride and Prejudice, the reader is placed straight in the middle of a conversation between Mr and Mrs Bennet, parents of the protagonist of the novel, Elizabeth. They are talking about the new neighbour, Mr Bingley, and whether he may be suited to eloping with any of their daughters, who we learn later in the novel have 'come out' or have entered the social world in which to find a suitable partner to marry. Jane Austen may have used this technique so we can immediately begin to learn the situation, we, as the reader have been placed into. Jane Austen has also chosen carefully what she may have decided to use as the opening conversation as it relates directly back to the first statement and one of the universal themes of the novel; love and marriage. It also introduces us to some of the two main characters in the novel. We quickly learn that Mrs Bennet is perhaps quite talkative and nosy, someone who want only the best for her daughters. ...read more.


This characterisation throughout the opening shows that Jane Austen creates such a variety of wonderful and complex characters that every reader finds a favourite, whether it be the pompous Lady Catherine de Bourgh or the intelligent and quick-witted Elizabeth. In this ending we also sense that Jane Austen has her own reservations of the characters. For instance, the way in which she sums up the Bennet varies between character. When she describes Mr Bennet, she talks as if talking of a close friend whom she hold dearly. However, when she begins to talk of Mrs Bennet, that same familiarity wanes slightly, especially when she refers to Mrs Bennet as 'Her' which sparks a sense of tension between the two ladies. The ending phrase, 'its solace was visiting and news', suggests that the author finds Mrs Bennet annoyingly nosy and likes to look in other people's business. The fact that Jane Austen says Mrs Bennet ' fancied herself nervous' suggests that what Mrs Bennet thinks and sees herself as is not what other people think of her as. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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