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

Review of Jane Austens "Pride and Prejudice".

Extracts from this document...


Jane Austen?s Pride and Prejudice is often considered one of the greatest novels of all time; the story of proud William Darcy and the prejudices of Elizabeth Bennet. From Lizzie?s perspective their spirited courtship plays out on the page; in this witty comedy of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in early 19th century society. Most of you would already know this story; you?ve probably seen an adaptation or two in your time. For me, I was never interested in reading this book, I knew what it was about but I never knew what to expect. This is the novel that just will not die; 200 years later since this was published the book still sits very often in the top ten in a lot of bookstores and other literary lists. It?s been adapted multiple times as well as been retold many times. The novel has also inspired a range of other books including books by Georgette Heyer, Agatha Christie and Helen Fielding. First of all I want to look at Jane Austen?s attempt to play with the traditional quest format to offer us this rather clever novel. ...read more.


So we have this impending doom (according to Mrs Bennet) with only one hope of saving the family, marriage. When Lizzie Bennet rejects Mr Collins and eventually marries Darcy, Austen tries to tell us that character matters more than rank when it comes to romance, but then there is still a whole lot to do with rank and class that remains within the novel. At the start of the novel Lizzie and Darcy hate each other but by the end they are the perfect couple. So what is Austen trying to tell us with this change in momentum? To do this let?s look at the other relationships; First off there is some evidence that Mr and Mrs Bennet got married at a very young age, lust had brought the two together and there might have been a pregnancy. Now that the lust has cooled they find they have nothing in common. Mr Collins and Charlotte are almost the opposite; there is no passion in their marriage, it was more of a business arrangement, no kids and unhappy in their marriage. Mr Bingley and Jane are just smitten with each other; there is no real evidence that there is anything more than just an infatuation. ...read more.


It is interesting to see that many people read this book at face value and just gloss over any attempt at irony in this book. This book is riddled with discursive and dramatic irony but to Jane Austen?s credit she was able to do it in such a subtle way that it can be easily overlooked or missed. For a cynical person like me, it was this irony that I respect the most. I love that you can read this book as a great romance or as an ironic look at love and marriage. While the irony plays out in the book, Jane Austen?s fundamental optimism makes sure no damage was done and the outcome is a happy one. I expected Pride and Prejudice to be a romance, exploring the courtship of Lizzie and Darcy, which it is, but I was so pleased that there was so much more in this novel to explore. I read this novel and then went back and reread this novel right away; this was mainly because I needed to for Uni but I found this deliciously cynical voice come through the second time that changed my opinion of this book. I?m not sure if Jane Austen?s novels are always so ironic but if they are, she has found herself a new fan. ...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. Analyse Jane Austen's presentation of love and marriage in her novel Pride and Prejudice. ...

    her long, he also thinks it will make him happy but he has no consideration for Elizabeth and any other person who he may wish to marry. "I think it is a right thing for every clergyman in easy circumstances (like myself)

  2. An exploration of Men and Women's relationships in Jane Austen's 'Pride and 'Prejudice

    Her determination is stronger than most, which could be because that without a son there is no heir to the family estate. This means that on Mr Bennet's death, Mr Collins, a clergy man under the patronage of Lady Catherine de Burgh and cousin of the Bennet daughters, will inherit Longbourn and could see the Bennets evicted.

  1. How is love and marriage treated in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice?

    had very early in their marriage put an end to all real affection for her.' The next place where the theme of love and marriage is involved is the proposal of Mr. Collins to Elizabeth. Although a highly prosperous proposal, financially, it lacks the happiness and understanding between the two partners, and so is rejected by Elizabeth.

  2. Satire and irony in Pride and Prejudice.

    Throughout the novel there is a sense of a deep, analytical kind of humour, so dry and ridiculous that it's funny. The clever wordplay is heavily sprinkled with analytic questioning and well-concealed insults, and her pages sparkle with touches of wit and irony.

  1. From a reading of Jane Austens Short stories, What do we learn about ...

    From that quote we can see she is not that sharp, giving off a rather silly impression. Perhaps women's behaviour at this time would be less narrow minded if they had been educated or exposed to the real world more.

  2. Discuss Jane Austens presentation of the theme of love and marriage in Pride and ...

    As we see in the novel Elizabeth's main attraction towards Darcy was her manner and her education. Near the beginning of the novel Mr Darcy seems to have no real interest for Elizabeth, " She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me."

  1. Explore Jane Austen's presentation Of Mr Darcy in "Pride And Prejudice".

    - meaning Darcy not dancing at any certain place is in fact a compliment to him, as again he believes he is far too superior to dance at those occasions. Surprisingly, as Elizabeth Bennet's hand is offered to Darcy, she gracefully refuses.

  2. Discuss Jane Austen's presentation of the theme of love and marriage in "Pride and ...

    This view is best expressed when Austen acts as an omniscient narrator and makes a comment about Charlotte; "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 small fortune" Austen's portrayal of the

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