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Pride and Prejudice

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Ann Beatty

on 5 November 2013

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Transcript of Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice
Chapter 1 Presentation

Major Characters, Setting & Plot Summary
Major Characters: Mr. and Mrs. Bennet
Setting: Not directly mentioned, could be outside or inside at the Bennt home.
Plot: (Dialogue between Mr. And Mrs. Bennet) Mrs. B is excited by the news that a wealthy single gentleman named Mr. Bingley has rented Netherfield Park, a large house with extensive grounds. Mrs. Bennet has five daughters that she wants to have married and she tries to persuade her husband to pay a visit to Mr. Bingley as soon as he arrives. Mr. Bennet pokes fun at his wife and jokes that Bingley can marry any one of their daughters, including his favorite Lizzy. Mrs. Bennet is frustrated and accuses her husband of having no compassion for her poor nerves.

Tone or Mood
Tone: sarcastic/satirical
• “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” (1)
• Mr. Bennet: “You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these twenty years at least.” (3)

Time Period Analysis
Novel of manners:
• The man of the house must visit before women can be introduced.
“Indeed you must go, for it it will be impossible for us to visit him if you do not"(2).
Melodrama:
• Mrs. Bennet (syntax-exclamation points)
“Design! Nonsense, how can you talk so!”(2)
“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)

Figurative Language
Figurative Language: Irony
• “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” (1)

Theme or Central Purpose
Theme/Central Purpose: To demonstrate that women want to marry rich men. Marrying well and marrying rich is very important in this time period.
• “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. (1)

Discussion Question
What is your first impression of Mr. And Mrs. Bennet? Compare and contrast them.
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