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Pride & Prejudice

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Introduction

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813) Pride and Prejudice, similar to other Jane Austen's novels, is written in gentle or juvanalian satire. Jane's satire in the novel comes across in the ignorance of the characters, a common criticism of the 19th century. The characters where this is best portrayed are Mrs. Bennet, a foolish woman who talks too much and obsesses with getting her daughters married; Lydia Bennet, the youngest of the Bennet daughter who is devoted to a life of dancing, fashions, gossips and flirting; and Mr. Williams Collins, the silly and conceited man who is completely astonished by Lady Catherine. ...read more.

Middle

Elizabeth Bennett's ability to laugh off her misfortunate and to continue her optimism also contributes to the tone of the novel. The story is told through Elizabeth, but not in first person. As a result, the mood of the novel lacks dramatic emotions. The atmosphere is intellectual and cold and there is little description of the setting. The plotline in the novel is immediately stated in the first sentence of the novel which was for its time quite groundbreaking: "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." ...read more.

Conclusion

Austen wanted to show her 19th century readers that it is necessary to use good judgement to select a spouse, otherwise the two people will lose respect for each other. Further analysis of this novel has increased my knowledge and understanding of the focus on certain themes such as ignorance and marriage. Although I did initially enjoy the book I am now more aware of the subtle sarcasm used in Austen's tone which makes the novel more light-hearted. In Pride and Prejudice, Jane has denounced the elements of marriage and society that she found distasteful. These are the conclusions of her observation of the people in her world. However in her writing, Jane has also reflected her own enjoyment in life among these people with and without their faults. ...read more.

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