Biography of author: Jane Austen was born in 1775 in England where she lived for the first 25 years of her life. She began to write while as a teen and finished Pride and Prejudice in 1796. The manuscript was first rejected and it wasn’t until 1809 that Austen made revision to it. During her life however, only her immediate family knew that she was an authoress. She never married and published six novels before her death. Title: Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Genre: Comedy of Manners
Historical information: From 1800 to 1815 the Napoleonic Wars took place between England and France and thus government censorship of literature proliferated so that Austen could not freely expose her identity as an authoress. The social atmosphere at the time was very stratified and class divisions were important as were family connections and wealth and it is for this reason that much of Pride and Prejudice is not so much based on love as it is on ridicule.
Characteristics of genre: The comedy of manners genre became famous in England in the Restoration period. The genre is typically set in the world of the upper class and ridicules the pretentions of those who consider themselves socially superior with satire. The genre comments on the standards and mores of society and explores the relationship of the sexes. Marriage is often a frequent subject of this genre. Plot summary (be DETAILED!) The novel begins with the news that a wealthy young man named Charles Bingley has rented the manor of Netherfield Park. This news causes great excitement in a nearby village of Longbourn and especially in the Bennet household. The Bennets have five daughters-- Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia—and Mrs. Bennet is eager to see them married. She forces Mr. Bennet to go and pay the Bingley’s a visit and after the visit is paid, the Bennets attend a ball, at which Mr. Bingley is present. Mr. Bingely is attracted to Jane and spends most...