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Pride and Prejudice

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Alina R

on 9 November 2013

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Transcript of Pride and Prejudice

Presented By: Alina Razak
Ashley George
Caroline Margiotta
Courtney Wu
Jen Belardo

Feminist Lens
Psychoanalytical Lens
Central Theme:

Archetypal Lens
Pride and Prejudice
Marxist Lens
New Historical Lens
Should it be added to the AP curriculum?
By: Jane Austen
Early 19th century England
Centers around the five Bennet sisters
The romance between Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy
Discussion of marriage, gender roles, and social status utilizing comedy
Hilighted women's dependence on marriage to ensure social and economic security
Jane Austen's life was greatly infused into the novel
Educated by her brothers and father
Close knit family
Wrote Pride and Prejudice at 21
Never married
Excessive pride leads to inevitable prejudice
The big picture: Characters make judgments about each other's worth and station based on social class; financial stability is a primary concern for women.
Fitzwilliam Darcy is prejudiced against Elizabeth Bennet because of lower place in society.
Though the Bennets are landed gentry, Mrs. Bennet is constantly concerned with marrying off her daughters to men of good fortune
Stigma against coming from trade:
Gardiners' residence in Cheapside frowned upon
Bingleys' origin almost never mentioned (father was in trade)
Lady Catherine
"condescends" towards people of lower social class (Mr. Collins & Charlotte)
Number of windows at Rosings marvelled at
Very rude to Elizabeth when she perceives her to be stepping out of her place in her interest in Darcy.
Landed gentry
Print culture
War with France
Does the story offer a better alternative to the revolutions?
Feminist Movement- Mary Wollstonecraft
Growing gap between the countryside and urban life
Mr. Darcy
Elizabeth Bennet
- personality transition
- saves Bennet family
- loyal friend
- perspective change
- overcomes her pride
- main character
Mr. Bingley
Jane Bennet
- loveable & naive
- pacifist
- good-hearted
- loveable & kind
- pacifist
Caroline Bingley
Mr. Wickham
Lady Catherine
- selfish & immoral
- manipulative
- shallow
- prejudice & prideful
- judgmental
- wicked

- unwelcoming
- pompous
- Lady Catherine
- new beginning
- hope
- fairytale ending
- royalty
- Lady Catherine
- middle- working class
- intelligence
- Jane and Elizabeth
- wickedness
- Lady Catherine
Elizabeth's Pride & Prejudice Towards Darcy
Elizabeth's Realization
First Impressions - Darcy's arrogance
Pride in beliefs leads to Elizabeth's prejudice against Darcy
Elizabeth is torn between prejudice and attraction
Darcy: "There is not another woman in the room whom it would not be a punishment to me to stand up with" (Austen 9).

"Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us" (Austen 15).
Contradiction of Mrs. Bennet, Charolette Lucas, and Lydia Bennet with Elizabeth Bennet
Mrs. Bennet:
“A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for [the] girls” (Austen 3)
Charolette Lucas:
Marrys Mr. Collins becuase of wealth
Lydia Bennet:
“Handle major moral or social issues” (Monaghan 3)
Elizabeth Bennet:
“Neither happy nor respectable, unless [she] truly esteemed [her] husband” (Austen 246)
“Weakness in the earlier part of the novel is that she does not take life seriously, and does not significantly value social status or her family’s financial situation” (Morgan 1)
Elizabeth's Id
"Shame, Pride, and Prejudice: Jane Austen’s Psychological Sophistication" by Gordon Hirsch
Initial pride caused Elizabeth to be blindsighted/prejudiced towards Darcy
Darcy's explanatory letter to Elizabeth
After reading, “[Elizabeth] grew absolutely ashamed of herself. Of neither Darcy nor Wickham could she think without feeling that she had been blind, partial, prejudiced, absurd” (Austen 151).
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