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Pride and Prejudice

April 3, 2016 | Author: | Posted in literature and language

Pride and Prejudice – Book Report

Jane Austen ‘s Pride and Prejudice recounts the story of a middle-class family residing in the country in nineteenth century England . This setting gives the author the opportunity to examine the clash between different social strata and their moral values . The story is centered on the evolution of a love story between Elizabeth and Mister Darcy , on the one hand , and Jane , her sister , and Mister Bingley , on the other hand In the process the reader witnesses the clash between the two social strata – high aristocracy , which [banner_entry_middle]

both Darcy and Mister Bingley are part of , and the representatives of middle class : the Bennets . As the title of the novel suggests , the contrast between the two social levels is translated in the novel as the conflict between pride and prejudice – Elizabeth ‘s pride in her refusal to be looked down upon by Darcy ‘s family and the prejudice of aristocracy in their dealings with lower class folk . However , Jane Austen ‘s novel gives a more complex treatment of this clash because both pride ‘ and prejudice ‘ can become the attributes of several characters in the novel and the roles can be reversed

The novel begins with a discussion between Mister and Mrs . Bennet . From this first scene , Austen establishes the parameters of the polarity between pride and prejudice making Mister Bennet the embodiment of pride and Mrs . Bennet the incarnation of prejudice . Mr . Bennett ‘s remarks are always ironic and display a detachment which is only a mask which covers his shame at his family ‘s poverty , while Mrs . Bennet , completely devoid of humor , sees everything through the lenses of social conventions her single concern being to see all her daughters marry well

My dear Mr . Bennet , replied his wife , how can you be so tiresome You must know that I am thinking of his marrying one of them

Is that his design in settling here

Design ! Nonsense , how can you talk so ! But it is very likely that he may fall in love with one of them , and therefore you must visit him as soon as he comes

I see no occasion for that . You and the girls may go , or you may send them by themselves , which perhaps will still be better , for as you are as handsome as any of them , Mr . Bingley may like you the best of the party

The novel is an attempt to illustrate the negative influence of these two features embedded by social consciousness of the actual actions and moral decisions of the characters . Mister Bennet , in his ironic detachment is unable to actually help , direct and counsel his daughters in their moments of distress . Mrs . Bennet , on the other hand , because of her marriage obsession , bears a problematic influence on her youngest daughters . Mister Collins and Mary , who like speaking emphatically about moral and social issues , are incapable to transform their ideas into action . Jane Bennet ‘ good nature lacking the intelligence refinement of Elizabeth makes her a very… [banner_entry_footer]

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