Chapter 6 Pride and Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice Chapter 6
The point of view that is being narrated in Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice is omniscient; Austen has started to tell the story through Elizabeth in this chapter, however still as third person. The main actions of the novel are the communications between opinions, ideas, and attitudes they in the novel are not expressed to the readers directly, some might be told in telling method and another’s in showing method also there is little imagery of the settings. Throughout this chapter, Jane Austen satirizes the manners of women who believe that marriage should not be for love only through Elizabeth’s point of view. At the start of chapter 6 in Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen uses telling method to show Bingley’s attitude towards the Bennet’s. Mr. Bingley’s sisters start to grow their friendship with Jane for their brother’s sake. Austen in this chapter shows us that Jane was pleased by the attention they are giving her and took it as “great pleasure” whereas Elizabeth on the other hand, was endowed with “something more of quickness” (chap.1) as she believed that it was all an act and her sister just thought good of everyone. Austen tells us in a telling method that Elizabeth begins to express her judgements of Mr Bingley’s sisters; “Elizabeth still saw superciliousness in their treatment of everybody, hardly excepting even her sister, and could not like them” she knew that it was hard to believe that such upper class ladies will like them. They act was put on because of their “brothers admiration” towards Jane. However, Elizabeth knew that the love that occurred between her sister and Mr Bingley was genuine as “he did admire her” the use of italics emphasizes Elizabeth’s point of view towards them, there is also the use of focalization as point of view is being narrated. Also Miss Bingley tells us in chapter 6 that she found Mrs. Bennet “intolerable” and the “younger sisters not worth speaking to”, Jane Austen in this quote tells the readers that they defiantly will not get along in the upcoming chapters because of the sisters snobbish superiority. Caroline Bingley and Mrs. Hurst are quite the opposite of their brother as Austen conveys the pair as snobbish and pompous; however they are portrayed as normal in Austen’s time. She is showing rich and arrogant side of society. Through the characterisation of these women and use of irony, Austen has influenced the reader's opinions on the characters attitude about marriage and that of their generation. Austen has presented the reader how couples in those only married each other if they were from rich and upper social classes, it was one of the most important things in Austen’s time. No one married for love. Jane Austen shows us society’s views on marriages through Charlottes and Elizabeth’s dialogue in this chapter. Women thought that it was their responsibility to show affection and try to find her self a rich and handsome husband form upper-class, example of this type of women in Pride and Prejudice is Charlotte Lucas. Charlotte Lucas's views on marriage conform to those of contemporary society. She believed that “if a woman conceals her affection with the same skill from the object of it, she might lose opportunity of fixing him” she thought that Jane was concealing her affection too much and it was her responsibility to show affection towards him more then she is doing now or else she might lose the opportunity of “fixing him” as she also adds “In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.” However Elizabeth replies to Charlotte with a humorous irony presented as she say that Mr. Bingley “must be a simpleton indeed not to discover” her admiration, nevertheless Elizabeth is also missing out on Mr. Darcy’s Admiration towards her later on in this chapter. Austen shows us that Charlotte’s views on marriages were completely different to Elizabeth’s; she adds “when she is secure of him, there will be leisure...
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