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Pride and Prejudice: A critical analysis.

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JANE AUSTEN: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE A Critical Analysis The opening chapter of the novel gives us a brief introduction to the lives of the Bennets. Mrs Bennet's sole purpose in life is to marry of her daughters to wealthy young men. It begins with Mr and Mrs Bennet having a conversation about marrying of their daughters as soon as possible. Mrs Bennet tells her husband about a young man who has taken possession of Netherfield and about how they should make it a point to visit him and introduce their daughters to him so he can marry one of them. Mr Bennet is seemingly uninterested and is sarcastic about the idea, which partly angers his wife. The use of humour in the opening chapter is brought out by Mr Bennet through his responses to his wife, and also through Austen's own comments. This is first outlined after Mr Bennet says to his wife, "You want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it.", Austen comments 'This was invitation enough'. ...read more.


Though this may be considered a sarcastic remark, it is an ironic statement because he says the opposite of what he means for the sake of emphasis. Due to this statement we see that his wife is ' over-scrupulous' and that he is not much concerned about the marriage of his daughters. Mrs Bennet brings out irony in her statement, " Mr Bennet, how can abuse your children in such a way!". This is irony because, though this is true of her husband, she too is guilty of the same thing when she passes comments about Lizzy. Mr and Mrs Bennet are sarcastic towards each other. This is shown by the fact that they refer to each other as Mr Bennet, and Mrs Bennet, which is quite unusual. "My dear, you flatter me. I certainly have had my share of beauty, but I do not pretend to be anything extraordinary now. When a woman has five grown-up daughters, she ought to give over thinking of her own beauty." ...read more.


near the end of the chapter, the couple have a little argument over Lizzy. This draws attention towards her and makes reader wonder of her importance as the novel continues. Austen also creates tension in the first chapter by not introducing Mr Bingley. We are simply made aware of his existence. This makes the curious about his character. Many aspects of the book, for example any ideas that the reader might have about how the story will unfold, are not confirmed by Austen, thus creating tension and leaving the reader curious if the story unfolds the way they thought it would. Austen manages to captivate the reader in the first chapter. She mainly uses humour and sarcasm to achieve this effect. In this chapter we are shown the importance of Mr and Mrs Bennet to each other. Mrs Bennet needs her husband to keep her from going out of hand, and he needs his wife to add humour to his life through her being ridiculous. The firs chapter of Pride and Prejudice is extremely well written and makes the reader not want to put down the book. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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