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Introduction

Pride and Prejudice Pride and Prejudice, this novel was written by Jane Austin between 1796 and 1797. The book captured the situations at the time; with this she really captured the troubles and the family values in the late 17th century. The main issue highlighted in the story were the responsibilities of women at this time, women were expected to marry and have children with men they may not have been happy with, (this is shown later in the book). Unfortunately for the women, the men at this time were in a short supply, this was due to the extreme large amount of men in the armed forces, fighting abroad. At home the story wasn't any easier, the mortality rate for girls was much higher than it was for boys, meaning in later life there were to be more females than census men. The expectations at this time viewed that women were to marry respected men and have children; they were not to divorce or elope. Due to the lack or height of status the importance of marriage to pair rich family's together, was incredibly high. For example if a daughter marries a less than standard man the whole family would be disgraced, and if the pair were to elope the family would be crushed with embarrassment. ...read more.

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She is obsessed with marrying off her daughters before anyone one else marries off theirs. Mr Bennet Mr Bennet is an intelligent and witty man whose sarcasm and humour is largely employed in teasing his wife 'Mr Bennet was so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve and caprice, that the experience of three and twenty years had been insufficient to make his wife understand his character' (Chapter 1) George Wickham George Wickham is an officer stationed with the regiment at Meryton. Before he is formally introduced into the Meryton circle his first impressions are very favourable. He has a 'most gentlemanlike appearance' (Chapter 15) and 'had all the best part of beauty, a fine countenance, a good figure, and very pleasing address' (Chapter 15). Ironically, his handsome features are deceptive, and hide an unscrupulous and calculating mind. Mr Collins Mr Collins value as a comic and satirical figure cannot be underestimated. He is introduced as 'a tall and heavy-looking man of twenty-five. His air was grave and stately, and his manners were very formal' (Chapter 13). He is a pompous and ridiculous man who is driven solely by his desire to serve, without question, his rich patroness Lady Catherine de Bourgh. ...read more.

Conclusion

for basis the excellent understanding, and super-excellent disposition of Jane, and a general similarity of feeling and taste between her and him' (Chapter 55). There can be no question of Elizabeth and Darcy's future happiness. Jane Austin ends the novel with a portrait of a successful relationship based on growing admiration and affection. Both characters have overcome earlier feelings of pride and prejudice before realising the other's suitability. Their love is gradual, hard won and therefore worth having. The witty and lively Elizabeth could only be happy with a man whose talents and understanding matched her own. Accordingly, Elizabeth and Darcy's marriage is based on mutual respect and intellectual equality. After reading the book, watching the video and writing this essay I have found many things about the characters and myself! I learnt to understand different things about different characters in the book, and people around me. The title for the book Pride and Prejudice was a suitable title but if I were to rename the title I would call it... 'Acceptance' If I were to recommend this book to a particular age range I would say fifteen year olds upwards, mainly because of the extensive words and complicating methods of communication, between characters in the book. This book is a fantastic portrayal of women and marriage in the late 17th century. 1 ...read more.

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