Finally, it will conclude by briefly discussing the significance of the extract within the novel’s wider themes. Austen intertextuality
How would it feel to forego all sense of conformity within a society to have relationship with a loved one? Has it ever come to mind that one could project their feelings towards another as disgust, only later to reveal them as love? In Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice, she portrays Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy to experience this exact struggle; Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy both find a way to challenge specific reputations they are expected to uphold among their social classes, so they can ultimately be with each other. Throughout the novel Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen draws a connection among the frequent aspects of prejudice, social order, and reputation to enhance the progressive love between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Due to both Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy’s prejudicial personalities, the two are eventually able to notice the intense love they had for each other.
Finally, it will conclude by briefly discussing the significance of the extract within the novel’s wider themes. Austen consciously burlesqued other novels intertextuality, such as Ann Radcliffe’s influential Gothic novel, The mysteries of Udolpho (1794). Austen used techniques such as comedic and satirical irony, to break the mould of the expectations of the novel genre. Austen could simply have written in the same gothic sensationalist style, or perhaps a sentimental novel, but she chose not to. Instead, she parodies and undercuts them, with subtle causticness, and ridicule.
It is a remarkably happy novel that we continue to enjoy in part because Austen’s characters fulfill fairy-tale expectations; admirable, smart, and engaging characters are rewarded, and stupid, trite, and rude characters are ridiculed and banished. In addition, the narrative allows us to enjoy the unlikely marriage of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy as a possibility because of their wonderful romantic love—a love that defies social conventions, class demarcations, and the decrees of Lady Catherine de Bourgh. And yet, while readers revel in this wonderful romance, this novel remains a valuable cultural document that reflects the historical turbulence of the
In the novel “Pride and Prejudice,” by Jane Austen emphasizes the idea of “thoughtful laugher,” through the relationship of Elizabeth and Darcy. “Thoughtful laughter” is notable in Austen 's use of the misunderstandings between characters. It is something that immediately provokes laughter and or amusement for the reader but also gives an understanding of a larger concept when analyzed further. “Thoughtful Laughter” is seen between Elizabeth and Darcy in which the two further apart from themselves until the two realize their mistakes were based on their pride and prejudice. Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” visualizes and captures the conflicted and tormented relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy in where it all begins at the Netherfield ball.
Austen uses syntax to further emphasize the rehearsed awkwardness of Mr. Collins’ proposal. She utilizes longwinded and wordy sentences with many commas. An example of this is the quote, “But the fact is, that being, as I am, to inherit this estate after the death of your honoured father (who, however, may live many years longer), I could not satisfy myself without resolving to choose a wife from among his daughters, that the loss to them might be as little as possible, when the melancholy event takes place—which, however, as I have already said, may not be for several years.” This sentence is comprised of seventy-two words, and sounds unnatural when read aloud. The length of Mr. Collins’ speech alone, when compared to Elizabeth’s syntax, is intended to show their incompatibility. When Elizabeth makes her refusals her sentence structure is simple and to the point.” This is evident in the sentence, “I am perfectly serious in my refusal.” Austen’s
In the Victorian era, women were forced to marry, as they needed the security of a man. However, Austen uses logos to question the real inequality in the Victorian era’s ideology, that a woman is incomplete without a man. This allows the reader to analyse the state of society from a different perspective. Austen also starts her sentence with an assertive tone further supported with her firm word choices, through using the words, ‘…truth universally acknowledged’. These words are important in her building ethos allowing her to deliver her controversial message.
Darcy takes pride in his social rank and that makes him look down on people with lower class, “Initially prideful, Darcy doesn 't think these country people are good enough for him. Elizabeth has pride, too: though looks aren 't everything to her, Darcy 's insult still stings.” (Austen, 1813, Ch. 3). Prejudice is also a major theme in the novel, as the title implies that prejudice goes hand in hand with pride, guiding the protagonists into making wrong assumptions. Mr. Darcy’s prejudice against the lower class stops him from accepting and admitting his true feelings for Elizabeth, while Elizabeth owns prejudices against the upper class for their behaviour towards them, “His character was decided.
Finally, it will conclude by briefly discussing the significance of the extract within the novel’s wider themes. Austen creates bathos, by using subtle causticness and parody, and intertextually burlesquing, influential sensationalist and sentimental novels of the time, particularly Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794). Essentially, by writing in this style, Austen emphasises the ordinariness, patriarchal abuse, and general oppression of women that was present then in everyday domestic life (Realisms, p. 59). These subtle narrative techniques, were key elements Austen used to modify public perception of the novel’s expectations, which conveys the concept of ‘reading’ itself, and defines the novel as a genre. Principally, by writing in this style, Austen increases the reader’s interest, defining Northanger Abbey, as not only an ironic disclosure of satire, but a
Elizabeth’s quick judgment of Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham causes her and her family pain, Mr. Wickham’s villainous actions and their effects on Elizabeth Bennet reveal how faulty first impressions can be, and how she could have prevented some heartache if she had been less judgmental. Pride and Prejudice depicts the story of Elizabeth Bennet and her family of four sisters and parents in 19th century rural England. Set during the Napoleonic wars the novel is primarily told from Elizabeth’s point of view. The plot follows mainly Elizabeth and her sister Jane in their journey to find true happiness. Jane falls in love with Mr. Bingley, a wealthy man she meets at the ball but his family and friends believe that the class difference is too great;