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Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice: Overview

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Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice By: Belinda Romans Jane Austin was and English writer who wrote during the early 1800's. She was born and brought up in Seventon, Hampshire, Southern England. She was born the fifth child to a family of seven and began writing for family amusement as a child. Of her "six great novels", four were published anonymously and two were published under her signature after her death. Her anonymous novels were "Sense and Sensibility", "Pride and Prejudice", Mansfield Park" and "Emma". "Persuasion" and "Northanger Abbey" were the two novels that were published after her death. "Pride and Prejudice" reflects the way society was in Jane Austin's day. It uses the way the characters are introduced, the way she uses settings and many other details to describe the was the social classes lie and also when she introduces dialogue to her characters she allows for their social standings to affect the way they address the people in their conversation in a way that reflects on their social standing. In "Pride and Prejudice" Jane Austin tells about how one girl, Elizabeth Bennett (the heroine of the book), helps her oldest sister find love, she also helps her youngest sister and family through a rough ...read more.


Lady Catherine also implies that Elizabeth is not good for Mr Darcy because she is lower down in the social order than he is. It is also implied earlier on in the book when Elizabeth is talking about having to marry below her status (e.g. Mr Collins her cousin who is a parson of humble belongings) would demean her more than she would want but that marrying a member of the social classes would bring on a wider and more prestigious circle of friends for her to associate with. When Jane Austin describes, a place or setting she always uses certain amounts of detail to reflect the situation the description is supposed to reflect. For example when she describes a grand house she describes everything in the most accurate detail however, when she is describing a humble situation she gives a very vague description of the place but still gives you enough detail so that you could imagine the place for yourself. This is reflected when she is describing the house of her cousin Mr Collins and Pemberley in all its grandeur. When describing the humble abode of Mr Collins she writes `The garden was sloping to the road, the house standing in it, the green pales...'. ...read more.


"A little" "Oh! Then some time or other we should be happy to hear you. Our instrument is a capital one, probably superior to ... You shall try it some day. Do your sisters play and sing?" One of them does." The conversation carries on in much the same way as illustrated above with Lady Catherine lecturing, maybe even going as far as boasting, about the things that Elizabeth should and should not have in her life and then going on about the way she should concentrate on unimportant things and Lady Catherine also tries to convince Elizabeth to try and get a master or even someone to show her how to do things in life. In this novel I think that Jane Austin makes you believe that you are in the story witnessing all of the events for yourself because she writes in such an amount of detail and emotion that you might be skipping from one character to the other. She also writes the novel in such a way that as you re-read it you come to aspects of the plot that you see differently or that you perhaps haven't seen yet. I also think that Jane Austin has described the main issues and main plot of the story very well while intricately weaving other minor plots into the main one. ...read more.

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