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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
Transcript of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
BY JANE AUSTEN
MR AND MRS BENNET
VALUES OF THE TIME
SOCIAL AND HISTORICAL CONTEXT
In this novel, Jane Austin analyzes two kinds of love: IDEAL LOVE and PHYSICAL LOVE.
is the passionate love where,
two people are really in love together and they want to create their own family.
isn't a real love, because two people are together only for economic purposes or for the wishes of the family, even if they aren't in love.
At that time the PHYSICAL LOVE was more significant than IDEAL LOVE, because the values of the past were different than nowadays ones.
-Charlotte Lucas is Elizabeth's bestfriend, she's 27 and is Mr Collins' wife
-Mr Collins is Mr Bennet's cousin and he will inherit the estate of Longbourn. He is a clergyman and his patroness is Lady Catherine. He is Charlotte's husband.
-Lady Catherine is a noble, arrogant and a very rich woman. Her way of doing things is haughty and overbearing. Her sister is Lady Anne Darcy, who is Mr Darcy and Miss Darcy's mother.
-Georgiana is Mr Darcy's sister, she's 16 years old and she lives with a woman who oversee her education.
She tried to elope with Wickham
He's a rich, pride and honest gentleman. He's in love with Elizabeth, but e can't get married with her because she's poor. Finally they will get married.
He's a rich and friendly man, infact he has a lot of friend. He loves Jane and he will get married with her.
When he was a child, he was Darcy's friend. He's good looking. He become a soldier. He escapes away with Lydia to London.
: most people call her Lizzy. She is clever and vivacious. She is very fond of her sister Jane. She is her father's favourite.
: the eldest of the five sisters. She is considered the prettiest of all. She is modest, kind and sweet.
: the youngest of the Bennets; she is only fifteen but she likes men very much, especially officers.
MARY AND KITTY
: the two other daughters, they are also quite young.
In England of the early 19th century, Mrs. Bennet raises her five daughters - Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty and Lydia with the purpose of making get married with
a rich husband that can support the family. They are not from the upper class, and their house in Hertfordshire will be inherited by a distant cousin if Mr. Bennet dies. When the wealthy bachelor Mr. Bingley and his best friend Mr. Darcy arrive in town to spend the summer in a mansion nearby their property, the shy and beautiful Jane falls in love for Mr. Bingley, and Lizzie finds Mr. Darcy a snobbish
and proud man, and she swears to loathe
him forever. This is the beginning of their wonderful love story.
-Marriage was really important in 19th century, because getting married was an opportunity for women to get out of home.
-Women couldn't inherit the property of the family because one value of 19th century was trying to preserve the property and keep it in the family. If the family had no sons, the constraint passed to a heir of another branch of the family who had to preserve the property.
- The daughters were expected to receive a dowry that would have gone to them when they got married or when the father of both parents died.
Mr and Mrs have got five daughters: Elizabeth, Jane, Kitty, Mary and Lydia.
They live at Longbourn
He appears to be an agreeable character. He is funny, but impertinent.
His strongest relationship is with Elizabeth.
is Mr Bennet's wife.
Having no sons she is obsessed with the idea of marrying her daughters.
She is silly, ignorant and strange. She is often nervous and she doesn't comprehend much of what happens around her.
In England, in the 19th century there are a family, Bennet Family, that try to overcome social barriers that separate them from their aristocratic neighbours. At the time the society was divided into:
-"upper middle class", formed by financiers and owners of industries;
-"middle class", made up of merchants and finally
-"lower middle class", made up of small business and employees.
The houses of the middle class were divided into:
public spaces such as the dining room and living room;
private spaces such as the bathroom and kitchen.
The homes of the nobility were usually buildings.
At that time, woman had few rights, for example the sisters Bennet couldn't inherit the father's property and in fact was essential to marry a man who could keep them economically. That marring was for purely economic purposes and were not marriages formed by ideal love but formed by phisical love. In 1800 money was most important than true love.