Jane Austen the author of Pride and Prejudice a novel where irony is considered the foundation for this novel. Irony, humour and the extensive use of dialogue complement each other to create an inviting novel for potential readers to lose themselves in. Irony is used to show the difference in truth and the way things may seem. Austen uses irony to create deeper emotions and laugh and characters perceptions in the novel. Humour is also used to show relationships but to guide the reader to understand social status and the interactions between status’ and how this can cause ineptness for many characters. Jane Austen introduced a novel to the nineteenth century that was produced to change the way society reacted towards novels. Pride and Prejudice was a novel created around a realistic plot emphasized by humour and irony to keep the reader interested in this entertaining and playful novel.
Humour is used in several styles throughout the novel. The majority of humour is more dramatic and reveals the instability of characters; especially Mrs Bennet. Humour develops the way Austen presents her characters. Humour allows the reader to understand how characters are feeling internally through the subtext; as well as keeping them interested in the novel. It is widely recognised that some people do not find Pride and Prejudice funny and perhaps it is because of the serious nature of many situations that are highly debated with serious themes such as pride. Pride is commonly debated and every character seems to have individual opinion on the theme.
“His pride, said Miss Lucas, ‘does not offend me so much as pride often does, because there is an excuse for it. One cannot wonder that so very fine a young man, with family, fortune, everything in his favour, should think highly of himself.”(1.5.13)
Pride is often discussed with humour and serious tones as the passage above presents. Pride and Prejudice is a novel where characters are realistic and this is why some people come across a lot more funny that others; such as Mrs Bennet. She is a very humorous character in the way her emotions are very unstable. From the first chapter the reader can understand how excited Mrs Bingley is that Mr Bingley, a wealthy man has come to Netherfield Park.
“What is his name?”
“Is he married or single?”
“Oh! single, my dear, to be sure! A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls!” (1.1.1)
This passage shows the delight Mrs Bennet has for trying to marry off her five daughters. The overly enthusiastic response shows the humour Austen creates around characters to show their personality, but also mock them for thinking life revolves around money and marriage. Humour in this instance is used to show the shallowness of characters as well as expressing views for many citizens of the time. Humour is commonly used to keep...