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Pride and Prejudice
Transcript of Pride and Prejudice
-Jane was the seventh child of Cassandra and George Austen.
-She was closest to her sister Cassandra whom she would end up writing a book with.
-Although not popular during her time her novels gained
popularity in 1869 and the 20th Century.
-Novels: Pride and Prejudice and Sense and
Sensibility (being the most famous) Pride and Prejudice was published January 28, 1813 During the 1800's
-Napolean conquers Italy, Austria, and makes peace with France.
-School was taught in a single school house
-occupations consisted of bee keeper, blacksmith, cooper, teacher, and doctor
-Women played a very strict was of life (The Victorian Cult of True Womanhood) Romantic Fiction -central love story over individuals falling in love
and struggling to make things work
-emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending
-protagonists' wondering are motivated by chosen goals
-women characteristics of the Cult of True
Ideals are piety, purity, submissiveness, domesticity
need for individuality despite social norms that
Focused on self-reliance and intuition
Elizabeth Bennet The protagonist of the story, overcomes struggles and ends up falling for Darcy. She plays a leading role in the events of the story. Described as honest, virtuous, and clever. Fitzwilliam Darcy Son of a wealthy family he is Elizabeth's males counterpart. Falls for Elizabeth early in the story and courts her throughout the novel trying to redeem himself from early assumptions of his character by Elizabeth. Resolves many conflicts throughout the story. Described as prideful, judgemental, honest, and rich. Jane Bennet Eldest of the Bennet girls and most beautiful, falls for Charles Bingley early in the story. Shows true compatibility with Bingley and a contrast between Darcy and Elizabeth. Described as beautiful, humble, and good-spirited. Charles Bingley Best friend of Darcy and also his contrasting character. He falls in love with Jane. Described as charming, good-natured, and kind. Mr. Bennet Patriarch of the household.
He is the father role but gradually lets down the family when he is most needed. Described as sarcastic and disconnected. Mrs. Bennet Mother of the daughters and absorbed in the task of marrying her daughters, which her plans often backfire. Described as noisy, foolish, and single-minded. Pride and Prejudice is the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and their five daughters who live in the estate of Longbourn in Hertfordshire. When Charles Bingley, a rich single man, moves into a nearby estate Mrs. Bennet gets her hopes up to marry one of her daughters to him. The Bennet daughters meet Bingley at a local ball, along with his friend Fitzwilliam Darcy. Bingley immediately becomes attracted to Jane as Elizabeth decides Darcy is an arrogant and prideful man. The story continues and as Darcy becomes more attracted to Elizabeth continues to loathe him and grows fond of Wickham, a handsome militia officer. As Elizabeth becomes closer with Wickham, Jane is heartbroken to hear that Bingley and his party have left for London. Elizabeth is left to comfort her sister and feels that Darcy is keeping Bingley away from Jane. Suprisingly, as Elizabeth visits her cousin she sees Darcy who proposes to her and she refuses him. As their relationship grows Elizabeth recieves a letter from Jane explaining that her sister Lydia has run off with Wickham. She leaves in fear that her family will be permanently disgraced and that she will loose Darcy. Surprisingly, Lydia returns and is properly married to Wickham due to the generosity of Darcy. Bingley returns to Netherfield and asks JAne to marry him. Jane accepts him proposal. Although some minor struggles occur, Darcy proposes again and Elizabeth accepts. In the opening scene we see a dialogue between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet over their daughters and Charles Bingley. Their conversation reveals a lot as to the intentions of Mrs. Bennet and what she feels is important. The closing scene is after all of the weddings have come to pass and everyone is settling down. The Bingley's have purchased a house in Pemberly close to Elizabeth and Darcy. The other sisters have settled down at the house and begin to mature, except for Lydia and Wickham who are always asking for money. The ending scene brings us a closing scene to all of the drama that had taken place in the story. We are left with a happy ending and some sanity. Pride and Prejudice takes place in the English countryside between the 18th and 19th centuries. Scenes take place on several different estates such as Longbourn and Pemberly. The main literary devices found in Pride and Prejudice are foreshadowing, irony, and characterization. Characterization..
-used slowly to reveal the characters role in the plot and to add humor to the story.
ex) Austen introduces Mrs. Bennet and describes her as a "woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper". This gives a preview of her personality and an explanation for the ridiculous behavior she exerts in order for her daughters to be wed. Foreshadowing..
-page 17, 148, and 17.
ex) "Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of change": Charolette foreshadows her marriage to Mr. Collins out of need rather than love. Irony...
"it is a truth, universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife"
The statement sets the tone for the whole story but is ironic in that it is often misinterpreted and easily reversed to the women role. Themes..
Love: Throughout the novel we see how Austen uses love to tie the characters together. The characters must overcome different obstacles in order to find their love. Austen suggests that true love is a force that can overcome great struggles.
Reputation: During the time Pride and Prejudice was written reputation was all that a women lived for, without a good reputation you would be an outcast. Reputation is of great importance during this time. Symbols..
Pemberly: Pemberly is Darcy's estate that sits in the middle of the novel, both figuratively and literally. his house is a symbol of elegance and of who Darcy really is on the inside. As Elizabeth visits for the first time she is enchanted by everything she sees and has begun to fall for Darcy.
The Bridge: While Elizabeth is visiting Pemberly she firsts sees Darcy from across a bridge she is walking on. This bridge is a symbol of the obstacles they must overcome before they can be together. "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife" This opening sentence sets the scene for the entire plot of the story. it shows the importance of marriage in the novel. "She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me: and i am in no humor as present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men..." Darcy says this after Bingley tells him he should dance with Elizabeth. His remark sets a tone of pride and arrogance which will not be broken until the end of the novel. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Mr. Collins A clergyman who stands to inherit Mr. Bennet's property. He claims to hold a larger social status than he actually has, and displays the ego of excessive pride. He's described as snobbish, and idiotic. Miss Bingley Bingley's snobbish sister, who attempts to garner Darcy's attention, but only causes Darcy to admire Elizabeth's character even more. She can be described as snobbish, vain, and conceited. Lady Catherine de Bourgh Darcy's rich aunt, who emphasizes class snobbery and attempts to order Elizabeth away from Darcy. She can be described as rich, bossy, and snobbish. The tone and point of view of the story are also major literary devices used.... Tone: the story is told in a comic form, or as Jane Austen puts it "light and bright, and sparkling". The author clearly mocks her own characters for her own satisfaction throughout the novel. Point of View: the story is told from a third person perspective. This enables the author to focus more on the dialogue, opinions, and events that dominate the story, rather than the emotions felt by the characters. "In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed... unlikely to recommend his suit." This is Darcy's first marriage proposal to Elizabeth and it demonstrates how his feelings toward her transformed since his earlier dismissal to her as "not handsome enough." This event marks a turning point in the novel because it changes the way Elizabeth looks at Darcy and helps illustrate the essential goodness of his character. The End George Wickham A fortune-hunting militia officer, who threatens Elizabeth's and Darcy's relationship. His good looks attract Elizabeth initially, but Darcy's revelation about Wickham draws her closer to him. He is described as handsome, charming, and deceitful. Lydia Bennet The youngest Bennet sister, who flings herself headlong into romance and ends up running off with Wickham. She is described as immature, gossipy, and self-involved. The external troubles to Mr. Bingley's relationship with Jane are foreshadowed by his attitude towards the beginning of the novel.