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Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen. Jane Austen. Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 in Hampshire, England. .. She was not widely . known in her own . time. Her novels . gained popularity after 1869, and her reputation skyrocketed in the 20th century. ID: 250841 Download Presentation

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Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen


Jane Austen

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 in Hampshire, England. She was not widely known in her own time. Her novels gained popularity after 1869, and her reputation skyrocketed in the 20th century. Her novels, including Pride and Prejudice, are considered literary classics, bridging the gap between romance and realism.Jane Austen began drafts of First Impressions, which was later published as Pride and Prejudice.Through 1811-1816, she published Pride and Prejudice, which she referred to as her "darling child.” Today, Austen is considered one of the greatest writers in English history.


Regency Time Period

Pride and Prejudice was first published in 1813. The Regency Era was from 1795-1830 in England. It was a time for scandal and gossip. It saw the rise and fall of king Napoleon in (1769–1821), and the struggle for power in the Americas (1812-1815). Lord Byron became a social celebrity with his dark romantic poetry, the cheeky and controversial Beau Brummell defined and shaped the fashions and, in a new style of writing, the likes of Jane Austen began their social commentaries on the people and classes of their era through fictional novels which were heavily steeped in truths of the time.



Pride and Prejudice contains one of the most cherished love stories in English literature: the courtship between Darcy and Elizabeth. T

he lovers must elude and overcome numerous stumbling blocks, beginning with the tensions caused by the lovers’ own personal qualities.


Pride and Prejudice depicts a society in which a woman’s reputation is of the utmost importance. A woman is expected to behave in certain ways. Stepping outside the social norms makes her vulnerable to ostracism


Social Class

The theme of class is related to reputation, in that both reflect the strict nature of life for the middle and upper classes in Regency England. While the Bennet’s may socialize with the upper-class Bingleys and Darcys, they are their social inferiors and are treated as such





In a sense, Pride and Prejudice is the story of two courtships—those between Darcy and Elizabeth and between Bingley and Jane. Then within these courtships appear smaller courtships. Courtship therefore takes on a profound importance in the novel. Marriage is the ultimate goal and courtship constitutes the real working-out of love. Courtship becomes a forge of a person’s personality, and different sorts of love.

Elizabeth’s first journey, by which she intends simply to visit Charlotte and Mr. Collins, brings her into contact with Mr. Darcy, and leads to his first proposal. Her second journey takes her to Derby and Pemberley, where she find her affection for Darcy. The third journey, sends various people in pursuit of Wickham and Lydia, and the ends with Darcy tracking them down and saving the Bennet family honor, in the process demonstrating his continued devotion to Elizabeth.





-Elizabeth Bennet-Mr. Darcy-Mr. Bennet-Jane Bennet-Mary Bennet-Catherine Bennet-Lydia Bennet-Charles Bingley-Caroline Bingley-George Wickham-William Collins


Style Elements


Austin wrote

Pride and Prejudice

in in a Horatian satire style


The simple

and witty

style conveys the

complex message of people’s ignorance

in an

easy and

enjoyable way

to read.

Use of subtle

discrimination and shrewd perceptiveness to express personal feelings upon the characters.

Writing techniques

and structure


the reader with the effect that they are actually there and experiencing that time


The novel is written in free indirect

speech. Even though the narrative

is told in third person, the reader is predominantly given the views of Elizabeth.

The narrative

takes on the style of Elizabeth’s thoughts and in the manner in which she speaks.


Significant Symbol

Pride and Prejudice is mainly free of symbolism. Nevertheless, Pemberley, sits at the center of the novel, literally and figuratively, as a geographic symbol of the man who owns it.




Mr. Bennet v. Mrs. Bennet

One of the long drawn out

conflicts is between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. Due to the fact that their personalities are vastly different, their entire marriage becomes a conflict.

Elizabeth v. Darcy

The other primary

conflict is between Elizabeth and Darcy. With their pride and prejudice, they are never able to see the truth about each other until half way through the novel.

Lower v. Upper class

The conflict

between the lower class, aspiring to



eventually yielding upper

class is a major conflict.


. Bennet

has tried to rise, and

succeeded. She then tries

to get her daughters' to move higher, clashing with her husband in the process. Elizabeth, from the lower end of the gentry, feels equal to the highest level of aristocracy that Darcy is in. Darcy cannot accept the idea at first, but later accepts what he had

considered to be inferior.






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