Pride and Prejudice Response Journals

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Bibliographic Info: Austen, Jane. Kindle Version. A Public Domain Book.

Setting Time: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice takes place at the turn of the 19th Century. During this time, they’re coming out of the 18th century phenomenon including the enlightenment era, the age of reason, and many arousing philosophical ideas. This also took place after the French revolution.

Setting Locale: Pride and Prejudice takes place in England. In England the man on the throne is Prince Regent who later becomes George IV. The time is stressful because England is at war in America and Napoleon is rampaging through Europe as well. Everyone is hoping England does not follow in France’s footsteps.

Protagonist: Elizabeth Bennett is the main protagonist in the novel, although Darcy has a key role throughout the book, the novel follows Elizabeth’s uttermost thoughts. We also do not know Darcy’s true character until Elizabeth does, which makes him more of the antagonist, rather than the protagonist.

Narrator: Austen writes the novel in 3rd person omniscient. Although the narrator typically stays with Elizabeth, he also reveals things Elizabeth does not know, for example the pursuit of Charlotte by Mr. Collins. When using this type of narrative we receive Elizabeth’s thoughts mostly, yet also those of the narrator make the book more interesting to follow.

Conflict: The initial conflict is when Mr. Bingley starts to fall in love with Jane but neither of his sisters and friends approve. To further conflict things Darcy has developed a liking for Elizabeth yet all the things that oppose Bingley and Jane’s relationship, are relevant to his marrying Elizabeth.

Tone: Throughout the book Austen seems to enjoy her characters and seems amused by them, although she never outright mocks them you get the hint of mockery and wit many a time. Especially as she describes Mr. Collins and Charlotte’s relationship, showing that Charlotte could really careless what he has to say...
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