Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice
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
“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 time when Lydia, the youngest sister, runs off with the
intentions of eloping; and then falls in love herself with a rich man
who at first she thought most disagreeable. She thinks that Mr Darcy
is disagreeable because of the way, in her prejudice, he seems proud.
The book is described by Margaret Drabble as being ‘In a wide range of
settings, love, vanity and recklessness are shown in this sparkling
When Jane Austin first describes to you a character, she gives you an
idea of their temperament and the way they act towards others in
public and in privacy. Two examples of this are the first
descriptions of Elizabeth and her eldest sister Jane. Elizabeth is
described as having ‘something more of a quickness than her sisters’
and then Jane is described by Elizabeth as being “A great deal too apt
to like people in general. You can see no fault in anybody. All the
world are good and agreeable in your eyes.”
Then there is the comparison between Mr Bingley, the man Jane fell in
love with, Mr Darcy. Elizabeth in one of her thinking moments says
this “Bingley was sure to be like wherever he went, but Mr Darcy was
continually giving offence”. This could lead to the thinking that Mr
Darcy was too proud to accept anyone into his company than those with
whom he had a close relationship however, in contrast, Mr Bingley was
the kind of man that could go anywhere and make friends with everyone.
In this book, Jane Austin relates to the themes of the way your place
in society will affect the people you meet and how you will go through
life. This is especially portrayed when Elizabeth is threatened by
Lady Catherine de Bourgh that if she married Mr Darcy then she would
have to face the wrath of someone who...