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Jane Austen's Pride and Predjudice
Transcript of Jane Austen's Pride and Predjudice
-Austen wrote about social hierarchies of the time, gender roles, status and marriage rather than addressing Revolutionary War, the colonies, or French Revolution As they have more encounters due to Bingley and Jane spending time together, Darcy starts to fall in love with Elizabeth for her intelligence and beauty even though he originally thought her inferior to him.
- Mr. Collins proposes to her, but she rejects him because she wants to marry for love, he then marries her friend, Charlotte who is more practical when it comes to marriage
-when Darcy first proposes to Elizabeth, she denies him for 3 reasons:
he broke up Jane and Mr. Bingley
he wronged Mr. Wickham
Darcy was shocked by this unexpected response and it was a big turning point for both of them. Lit Criticism The Book: -Born in 1775
-Died in 1817
-Wrote her first novel at age 14 (Love and Friendship)
-Was wealthy and encouraged to write as a young girl, but suffered financial problems when her father died.
-Fell in love, but he died
-Was proposed to, she accepted and then changed her mind the next day
-none of her books were published with her name on them, all just said "by a lady"
-Died of Addison's disease at age 41 Works Cited http://www.jasa.net.au/jabiog.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgian_society_in_Jane_Austen's_novels written 1797-1812
published on jan. 28th 1813 literary period- classicism/ romanticism categorized as "novel of manners" initial title= First Impressions, rejected for publication http://www.litcharts.com/lit/prideandprejudice/backgroundinfo Beginning:
Protagonist = Elizabeth Bennet (Lizzy), 2nd oldest of 5 daughters of a small estate owner , her father's favorite because of her rationalism and intelligence (Father is rational, Mother wants to marry them all off)
-Mr. Bingley comes to Longbourn (a very wealthy, established man and Mrs. Bennet is determined to make him marry one of her daughters
-Jane (oldest daughter; beautiful but shy) and Mr. Bingley start liking each other, but when he tells Mr. Darcy (friend of Mr. Bingley) to dance with Elizabeth, Elizabeth overhears him say "she is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me." Because of this, Elizabeth strongly dislikes him. Following this, he sent a letter to her explaining that Wickham (a man that Elizabeth liked) was actually the bad person, he tried to fix Mr. Bingley and Jane's relationship and then paid Wickham to marry Lydia (Elizabeth's younger sister) who had caused a scandal by running away with him.
-He did this because she made him aware that his pride was getting in the way of love and although he didn't approve of her family's intentions and she was beneath him, he did these things for Elizabeth.
-The letter changed Elizabeth because she realizes her assumptions about Mr. Darcy were wrong. Ending Lady Catherine (Mr. Darcy's aunt) tries to threaten Elizabeth into not accepting Mr. Darcy's proposal which in fact causes Mr. Darcy to see that Elizabeth has changed her mind and so he proposes again... annnnddd if you want to know whether or not she accepts this time, you have to read the book ;) -example of self-realization on Elizabeth's part
-How despicably have I acted!' she cried. - 'I, who have prided myself on my discernment! - I, who have valued myself on my abilities!." (236). Elizabeth says this to herself after she reads Darcy's letter and realizes that she had no reason to despise him as she had.
(Novel Guide) It is a long, but really good book. I definitely recommend it! This book is important because it shows change and growth in character, and coming to terms or self-examination of the judgements we make and how they can hinder possible relationships with others My favorite scene in the book is Darcy's first proposal. It is a big turning point for both of them because afterward they both come to a self-realization. So, I have a clip to show you from the 2005 movie version (I liked it because it is very dramatic although in the book this scene takes place in doors not out in the rain) After this, I will read you Darcy's last response and Elizabeth's thoughts in the book after he leaves. (pg 214)
Author and book background: Lit Criticism: "Metaphor Analysis." Novel Guide. N.p., 1999-2012. Web. 5 Nov. 2012. "Pride and Prejudice Back ground Info." Lit Charts. N.p., 2008=2011. Web. 5 Nov. 2012. by:Nicole Campbell -"Various critics have consistently noted that the plot development of Pride and Prejudice is determined by character — coincidence exerts a major influence, but turns of action are precipitated by character. Although human weakness is a prominent element, ranging from Miss Bingley's jealousy to Elizabeth's blind prejudices, outright evil is little in evidence. Austen maintains an attitude of good-humored irony toward her characters"
-this book was not noticed in Austen's lifetime, critics later "praised it for her portrayel of everyday life" "Pride and Prejudice: Study Guide." Cliff Notes. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Nov. 2012