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Figurative Language in Pride and Prejudice
Maria Prezion 10 August 2011
Transcript of Figurative Language in Pride and Prejudice
These examples would bring about a dramatic change of the meaning of the work as a whole by intensifying characterizations or perhaps even adding a whole new aspect of plot. Mr. Collins – Hyperbole/Syntax
p. 91 (Almost as soon as I entered the house, I singled you out as the companion of my future life. But before I am run away with by my feelings upon this subject…)
p. 93 (And now nothing remains for me but to assure you in the most animated language of the violence of my affections) Mary – Idiom/Metaphor
p. 245 (But we must stem the tide of malice and pour into the wounded bosoms of each other the balm of sisterly consolation.) Mr. Bennet – Irony
p. 88 (That will do extremely well, child. You have delighted us long enough. Let the other young ladies have time to exhibit.) Elizabeth – Irony/Idiom
p. 19 (There is a fine old saying, which everybody here is of course familiar with, ‘Keep your breath to cool your porridge,’ and I shall keep mine to swell my song.) Mrs. Bennet– Hyperbole
"Their eyes instantly met, and the cheeks of each were overspread with the deepest blush." Euphemism
"The rest of his letter is only about his dear Charlotte's situation, and his expectation of a young olive branch." “Her eyes were so fine as to be like swimming in deep pools or even lakes of rich velvety chocolate.” “Mr. Collins’s face was reminiscent of the moss-clogged, scummy lagoon that besmirched the idyllic lawns of Pemberly, and it was just so that he besmirched the ballroom.” “As the living dead appeared over the horizon, the party realized that Charlotte’s ‘situation’ was indeed much graver than they had before realized.” Meaning of the work as a whole
(a.k.a. Theme) Contributes to caricatures of certain personality types
-helps build up Mr. Darcy’s prejudices against the family
-confirms stereotypes of social classes Figurative language governs the characters’ interactions between each other
-You can’t fall in love without talking to someone! The entire novel is about the Bennet sisters and their love-making.