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Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

A Story of Love, Deception, Misunderstanding, and Sententious




Jane Austen, 1775-1817


The Move from Bath to Chawton


Chawton Cottage


Publication History of Pride and Prejudice

The first draft, entitled

First Impressions

, completed in 1799

Published as

Pride and Prejudice

in January of 1813

A public and critical success, a second edition is ordered in October 1813

Still published anonymously


Famous First Lines


is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a


However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a


, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.”


Overview of Pride and Prejudice





ur pert and opinionated heroine)




Her lovely sister, in love with Mr. Bingley)





sister, wild and unprincipled)

Mr. Bingley (Rich, pleasant new man in the neighborhood, in love with Jane



Mr. Darcy (Bingley’s supercilious but ultimately good-hearted friend, admirer of Elizabeth)

Caroline Bingley (Scheming and derisive sister of Bingley, in love with Mr. Darcy)

Mr. Collins (Sanctimonious prig, inheritor of



Mr. Wickham (Handsome and manipulative rake)

Lady Catherine de


(Irritatingly class-conscious and bossy aunt of Darcy)

Georgiana Darcy (Innocent and ostentatiously helpless sister of Darcy)


Dancing in the Regency Period

Most popular dances were the English Country Dance, the Cotillion, and the Scotch Reel

These dances were bouncy and lively, with a group of couples lining up together and dancing as a whole and individually

Note that the waltz wasn’t introduced until 1810, and this dance was generally considered “shocking” because the couples “embraced” each other

Social class was extremely important in choosing partners


Nature vs. Nurture in Austen’s Works

Austen, in keeping with the tradition of the “bourgeois” novel, is fascinated by the differences between breeding and character

While retaining some emphasis on good breeding, Austen generally abandons the assertion that birth is the mark of character

However, Austen also questions the role of influence, or upbringing, in

Pride and Prejudice

. She suggests that a person with a strong character can overcome an insufficient upbringing, while a weak character requires good influences, a solid education, and good examples


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