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Pride and Prejudice

A presentation that summarizes P + P and presents an analysis on a main theme from P + P.

Tong Cheng

on 2 June 2011

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About this novel By Jane Austen (1813) The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education and marriage in the early 19th-century of England. Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Pride and Prejudice has consistently been her most popular novel. A Presentation Overview of the story Featuring one of the most popular novels in the English literature... A General
Summary The Bennets begin this story with a problem The novel portrays life in a gentle rural society and tells of the first misunderstandings and later enlightenment between lively Elizabeth Bennet and the proud, unfriendly Darcy. The title Pride and Prejudice refers to the ways in which Elizabeth and Darcy first view each other. The Bennet have five unmarried daughters and no sons. Their estate is entailed to a male heir (Mr. Collins). When Mr.Bennet dies, Mr. Collins will inherit the family lands, which will leave the Bennet daughters without a home or money. At least one of the daughters need to marry well in order to support and house their sisters. One day, there came news that a wealthy unmarried man, Mr. Bingley arrives at Netherfield. He also brings his two sisters (Miss Bingley and Mrs. Hurst) his brother-in-law, (Mr. Hurst) and a friend (Mr. Darcy) who also happens to be wealthy and unmarried). Bingley proves to be friendly and polite to everyone, making him instantly well-liked, while Darcy, handsome and noble looking, appears proud and unsocialized. While at the ball, Elizabeth overhears Bingley encouraging Darcy to dance, suggesting that he ask Elizabeth. Darcy simply replies that "she is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men." Elizabeth, though insulted, did not give Darcy's comment any weight. However, at the next dance, Darcy displays an attraction to Elizabeth after witnessing the sharpness of her mind. Jane is instantly drawn to Bingley, and he seems equally attracted to her. Jane and Bingley's relationship continues to deepen when Jane becomes ill on a visit to Netherfield. However, Bingley, his sisters, and Darcy depart for London, annoucing that they have no intentions of returning to Netherfield anytime soon and that Bingley will likely marry Miss Darcy, Darcy's little sister. Meet the Main Characters Elizabeth Bennet - Elizabeth is considered witty and sarcastic with her own streak of pride. She is a little plain compared to her sisters. Mr. Darcy – A wealthy gentleman from Derbyshire, Darcy is at first a rude and unpleasant fellow, full of pride and ill will, but he changes for Elizabeth. Jane Bennet – The eldest of the Bennet daughters. She is good natured and only sees the good in others. Mrs. Bennet is extremely happy on the marriage day of her two oldest daughters, referring to them as Mrs. Bingley and Mrs. Darcy.

Mr. Bennet is often in Pemberley to visit his daughters and Jane and Bingley soon to buy an estate much nearer to Pemberley. How does this story end? Is it a good of bad ending for the Bennets? Charles Bingley - A young gentleman who moves to within 3 miles of the Bennets. He falls in love with Jane early but is talked out of the match by his sisters and Darcy due to the low standing of the Bennet family and Jane’s apparent disinterest. A theme in this story - Marriage Meanwhile, Elizabeth meets Mr.Wickham who she immediately likes. He lies to her about his relationship with Darcy; that he was cheated out of a piece of inheritance from Darcy's father. However, Wickham is soon with another woman so Elizabeth leaves him be. Well, from one side: From the other: Jane goes to stay in London with her uncle and aunt, the Gardiners, hoping to hear from Bingley. She tries repeatedly to see him but Miss Bingley does not let Bingley know that Jane is in London and Jane slowly begins to accept the rejection. Following that, Elizabeth visits her friend Charlotte, who recently married Mr.Collins after Elizabeth rejected him, in London and runs into Darcy again. This time, Darcy unexpectedly proposes to Elizabeth who refuses, confronting him about how he treated Wickham and Jane. As a result, Darcy wrote a letter to Elizabeth telling her that Wickham was lying and he thought that Jane was just not interested in Bingley so he warned against the match. Elizabeth started to believe Darcy, but she had to leave London. After a planned vacation to the lake country is cut short, Elizabeth spends the summer with the Gardiners in Pemberley where she runs into Darcy again. She also meets his sister who is quite nice and Darcy seems more agreeable. However, she had to leave when Lydia ran off with Wickham. She returns home while her father and Mrs.Gardiner search for the two in London. It is revealed that Darcy eventually finds them and helps to pay the dowry for Wickham to take Lydia in marriage, impressing Elizabeth greatly. Bingley then goes back to Netherfield and reconcile Jane and are eventually engaged while Lady Catherine, Darcy's aunt, arrives at Longbourn and warns Elizabeth not to marry Darcy because her daughter is supposed to marry him. However, she refused to listened to her. In the quote "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possesion of good fortune must be in want of a wife. This shows that one of the main themes Pride and Prejudice is marriage. There are 5 main marriages in this story. Darcy and Elizabeth Jane and Mr. Bingley Mr.Bennet and Mrs.Bennet Charlotte Lucas and Mr.Collins Lydia and Wickham When she got home, She finds out that her little sister, Lydia, was invited to Brighton to stay with a Colonel and the army regiment, which she advises her father against allowing. Lydia however, leaves anyways. Wickham and Lydia for their part are often in need of money and constantly ask Elizabeth and Darcy for some, which they will often provide. By: Tong Cheng and Jenny Gui The End! :) and Darcy said... MARRY ME
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