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Explain in detail how Jane Austen introduces and sustains the interaction of the four couples united in the novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’

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Explain in detail how Jane Austen introduces and sustains the interaction of the four couples united in the novel 'Pride and Prejudice' 'Pride and Prejudice' is a novel by Jane Austen, published in 1813. It is set mainly in a town in Hertfordshire called Meryton, and the two or three estates around it, Longbourn and Netherfield. The four couples in the story are Jane Bennet and Charles Bingley, Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, William Collins and Charlotte Lucas, and Lydia Bennet and Mr Wickham. The first sentence in the book is a very famous quote, "It is universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." This quote sets the scene for the whole book, marriage, money and social status. The first couples we meet in the story are Jane Bennet and Charles Bingley, and Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. They meet in the assembly rooms in Meryton, where there was a dance-taking place. Mr Bingley had recently moved to Netherfield with a party of his friends, including Mr Darcy. As they were the new tenants of Netherfield they were the talk of the town. For most of the town's people this was the first time many of them would have seen the new tenants and first impressions counted for an awful lot in that period. When the townspeople first met Bingley he set a good impression on them and was respected almost instantly. Darcy on the other hand was quite the opposite he came across as a very proud man and the people took instant dislike towards him. Jane and Bingley were introduced at the dance, when Bingley asked Jane to dance. Through out the evening, Bingley danced with many of the women, but he danced with Jane twice. After the dance Jane and Lizzy (Elizabeth) were discussing Bingley, saying how he was the perfect gentleman, Lizzy said that she could see clearly how besotted Bingley was with her but she was being very modest saying she didn't agree. ...read more.

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The letter also contained a full confession to splitting up Jane and Bingley but no apology as he thought it was for he best. This letter was a turning point in the relationship between Darcy and Lizzy, throughout Lizzy had, had a clear hatred towards Darcy now her feelings changed slightly he still hated him for splitting up Jane and Bingley but the story of Wickham changed her view most dramatically, she now hated Wickham. This was the real turning point in the whole story, after here it's all about getting Lizzy and Darcy closer together, but many scenarios take place, which prevent this from happening. Lizzy soon after left Hunsford, and went home where she met with Jane and discussed everything that had been going on while she was away. Just as she returned news that the militia was moving to Brighton came. Lydia and Kitty were devastated, as they would have no one to flirt with. Luckily for Lydia though Mrs Forster, colonel Forster's wife had invited Lydia to go with her to keep her company. Naturally Lydia insisted upon this happening, and at first Mr Bennet said no, but gradually the prospect of Lydia not being there to embarrass the family was starting to appeal to him. Lydia was connected romantically, in the sense she put a lot of her flirting to Mr Wickham and was jealous of any other girl speaking to him, Lizzy knew of this and the fact that Wickham had tried to elope with Darcy's sister, and tried to warn her father off letting her go as she might embarrass the whole family and ruin their chances of getting a husband. Mr Bennet was not convinced and let her go. Lizzy had been promised by her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner a holiday to the lake district, but when they got to Longbourn to pick her up they told her that Mr Gardiner had business in London and that they would have to cut the trip short and that they would have to stop at Derbyshire instead. ...read more.

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None of the main characters we meet during the book fade out really, not even Charlotte and Mr Collins with them sending Lizzy a letter wishing her well with her engagement near the end, although we hadn't heard much of him and her after the visit to Hunsford. All the characters in the book some how or other seem to either bring Lizzy and Darcy closer together or split them apart even more. The latter being the most occurant. Even though the other couples had their own love stories they all seemed to stem from Lizzy and or Darcy. For example Mr Collins was rejected by Lizzy so went and proposed to her best friend, Charlotte. Darcy took Bingley away from Jane, and then took Bingley back because he knew it pained Lizzy to see her sister unhappy. Overall Austen has kept us engrossed and in suspense for every page of the novel, I believe that this alone explains that her introduction and sustainment of characters is truly superb. If she was alive today she would probably write soap operas, and the ratings would go through the roof. This novel doesn't drag on and make you hope for the end to come quickly, on the contrary, when you reach the end you want to read on, you want to find out what happens in their futures, how the rest of their lives progress, whether they have children, whether they live happily ever after. Austen's ability to keep us engrossed is brought on by the way she manages to keep the characters interesting, she obviously knew if they were about to become monotonous because they were withdrawn from the story just at the right time. You weren't wishing for a character to leave (unless intentionally) and it wasn't too early, making you think what happened to so and so. In conclusion Austen introduces and sustains the characters perfectly, resulting in a truly classic novel. ?? ?? ?? ?? Leanne Summers 10.4 19th January 2001 ...read more.

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