• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explore how chapter 56 in 'Pride and Prejudice' fits into the overall scheme of the text - What social comments do you think Jane Austen is making in this chapter?

Extracts from this document...


Explore how chapter 56 in 'Pride and Prejudice' fits into the overall scheme of the text. What social comments do you think Jane Austen is making in this chapter? Pride and Prejudice was written by Jane Austen in 1813. The novel describes and exaggerates the life in which in Austen lived. The title Pride and Prejudice refers to the ways in which Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy first view each other. The story involves the lives of many different classes and how they interact with each other; it is also informing us of the way certain types of people were treated in those days. Near the end of the novel, Lady Catherine de Burgh comes to visit Elizabeth to try and persuade her not to marry Darcy. I will explore this chapter to find out what social comments Austen tries to make throughout the novel about the world she lived in. Chapter 56 is a summary of the whole novel. Lady Catherine has come to see Elizabeth to make her withdraw her acceptance of marriage to her nephew, Mr. ...read more.


Anyone who was below her would put up with her behaviour because it was not his or her place in those days to accuse her of being impolite. Jane Austen grew up in this world where the rich people were almost the celebrities of the day. In our world famous people have the money, the expensive cars and clothes and a celebrity status, where the public would stop and look at them and always aspire to be like them. In Austen's time it was very much the same but the lower classes and even middle were always looking up to the higher classes and admiring them. This is why people with the money could be as rude and stuck up to people as they wanted because in the end they were the ones with the power and the money to do what they wanted. Lady Catherine's reason for visiting Elizabeth was not what the family had thought. Elizabeth expected a letter from Charlotte yet no letter was given. Instead Lady Catherine remarked upon a, 'prettyish kind of a little wilderness on one side of your lawn.' ...read more.


She asks Lady Catherine if the only reason they should not wed is because she wants him to marry her daughter, then what is there to stop her? She replies with ' honour, decorum, prudence, nay, interest, forbid it.' This is the long list that she has against Lizzy. The social points she is trying to make is that in those days if a family were to have such a disgrace as Lydia's elopement then no man should be interested in them, rich men such as Bingley and Darcy should marry same class or higher and that there were some very snooty people who would disagree with the association of certain families! They don't have a lot of land so are not as wealthy and high class.families like this always tried to marry higher up. Need to put in that Bennett's don't have a lot of land or money so lady Catherine looks down. Not too sure how to say this fits in with the rest of the book or how the chapter does? Bit stuck but will be done properly when handed in; in neat it's a promise :) :) :) ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Jane Austen section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Jane Austen essays

  1. An analytical commentary on Pride and Prejudice (emphasis: Chapter VI, pp. 21-23)

    For these reasons, and (largely) due to her association with her sister Jane, Elizabeth is - at least until the chapters immediately ensuing this passage - treated with some measured degree of respect, or at least passive regard. However, such affection as is reserved for Jane is not extended to Elizabeth for two important reasons.

  2. Explore how Jane Austen Satirises the social standards of her time in Pride & ...

    This suggests that Mr Collins is very shallow and just wants a wife to share his lifestyle with and for her looks. Mr Collins doesn't know Lady Catherine only married him because of she didn't think any other man found her attractive or that would want as a wife.

  1. Exploring the first chapter of the novel

    In the first chapter alone, Austen mentions two practices: that a woman would often marry for money, not love, and that a man must visit a newcomer before the women in the family may. Most of the text in the first chapter is dialogue, with just a few lines at

  2. Pride and Prejudice Chapter Summaries

    Chapter 19 Mr. Collins proposes marriage to Elizabeth, but she turns him down. He doesn't accept her rejection and explains that ladies do not reject second or third proposals. Chapter 20 Mr Collins tell Mrs Bennet that Elizabeth refused his proposal, but will keep trying until she says yes.

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Summary

    Collins due to the lack of sons in the Bennet family. Early on in the novel the news that a nearby manor named Netherfield Park is being rented by a rich gentleman called Mr. Bingley. After Mr. Bennet visits Mr.

  2. Summaries of Chapter 8 - 16 P&P

    When Mr. Collins, a tall, swarthy young man of twenty-five, arrives, he heaps indiscriminate praise on everything. He compliments Mrs. Bennet on her cooking and speaks highly of everything about the girls. In every way, he appears to be a peculiar figure.

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    gentry and has been knighted hence Sir William Lucas this is well enough for Mr Collins. Charlotte on the other hand we are told 'without thinking highly either of men or of matrimony, marriage had always been her object; it was the only honourable provision for well-educated young women of

  2. Explore how the theme of marriage is presented in Pride and Prejudice. What ...

    Elizabeth is mindful of her father's mistake in marrying her mother. In Lydia's case, she is simply obnoxious and rude. Elizabeth thinks her sister lacks both decency and virtue. Jane Austen's beliefs and views on marriage are conveyed in the first sentence of the book alone: 'It is a truth

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work