Pride and Prejudce

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 114
  • Published : December 21, 2012
Open Document
Text Preview
Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman living near the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, near London. Though the story is set at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of 'most loved books' such as The Big Read.[1] It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature and receives considerable attention from literary scholars. Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen's memorable characters or themes. To date, the book has sold some 20 million copies worldwide.[2] As Anna Quindlen wrote, "Pride and Prejudice is also about that thing that all great novels consider, the search for self. And it is the first great novel to teach us that that search is as surely undertaken in the drawing room making small talk as in the pursuit of a great white whale or the public punishment of adultery."[3] Contents [hide]

1 Plot summary
2 Main characters
2.1 Elizabeth Bennet
2.2 Mr Darcy
2.3 Mr Bennet
2.4 Mrs Bennet
2.5 Jane Bennet
2.6 Mary Bennet
2.7 Catherine Bennet
2.8 Lydia Bennet
2.9 Charles Bingley
2.10 Caroline Bingley
2.11 George Wickham
2.12 William Collins
2.13 Lady Catherine de Bourgh
2.14 Aunt and Uncle Gardiner
2.15 Georgiana Darcy
2.16 Charlotte Lucas
2.17 Interrelationships
3 Major themes
3.1 Marriage
3.2 Money
3.3 Class
4 Style
5 Title
6 Publication history
7 Reception
7.1 Modern popularity
8 Adaptations
8.1 Film, television, and theatre
8.2 Literature
9 References
10 External links
[edit]Plot summary

The novel centers on the Bennet family, consisting of the bookish Mr Bennet; his wife, a woman somewhat lacking in social graces and primarily concerned with her family's fortunes; and her five daughters. The youngest, Lydia, most takes after Mrs Bennet; the eldest, Jane, is kind-hearted and proper; and the narrator, Elizabeth Bennet, is the second-eldest and most takes after her father, sharing his keen wit and occasionally sarcastic outlook. The narrative opens with Mr Bingley, a wealthy, charismatic and social young bachelor, moving into Netherfield Park in the neighbourhood of the Bennet family. Mr Bingley is soon well received, while his friend Mr Darcy makes a less favorable first impression by appearing proud and condescending at a ball that they attend (he detests dancing and is not much for light conversation). Mr Bingley singles out Jane for particular attention, and it soon becomes apparent that they have formed an attachment to each other, though Jane does not alter her conduct for him, confessing her great happiness only to Lizzie. By contrast, Darcy slights Elizabeth, who overhears and jokes about it despite feeling a budding resentment. On paying a visit to Mr Bingley's sister, Caroline, Jane is caught in a heavy downpour, catches cold, and is forced to stay at Netherfield for several days. Elizabeth arrives to nurse her sister and is thrown into frequent company with Mr Darcy, who begins to act marginally less coldly towards her.

Illustration by Hugh Thomson representing Mr Collins protesting that he never reads novels. Mr Collins, a clergyman, pays a visit to the Bennets. Mr Bennet and Elizabeth are much amused by his obsequious veneration of his employer, the noble Lady Catherine de Bourgh, as well as by his self-important and pedantic nature. It soon becomes apparent that Mr Collins has come to Longbourn to choose a wife from among the Bennet sisters (his cousins) and Elizabeth has been singled out. At the same time, Elizabeth forms an acquaintance with Mr Wickham, a militia officer who claims...
tracking img