HISTORY LEARNING UNIT
Created on January 26, 2024
Pride and prejudist
by francesco de luca
Jane Austen, born in 1775 in Steventon, England, was a prominent 19th-century British writer. Raised in the countryside, her works, including "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and Sensibility," are known for their keen observation and subtle satire of social conventions.Despite her relatively short life, Austen's impact on literature endures, making her one of the greatest English writers. She passed away in 1817 at the age of 41.
Who is she?
"Pride and Prejudice"
"Pride and Prejudice" is a classic novel written by Jane Austen and published in 1813. Set in the English countryside of the 19th century, the book follows the life of the young and intelligent Elizabeth Bennet, the second of five sisters, as she navigates through the complex social dynamics of the time. The novel addresses the social conventions of the period, highlighting the pressures on women to secure a good marriage and the challenge of reconciling the desire for love with the need for economic security. Jane Austen employs her ironic style and subtle observation of society to provide a satirical critique of the customs of the time.
The core of the story centers around Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, a wealthy man who initially comes off as proud and arrogant. Elizabeth is not fond of Darcy because of his his prejudices towards him, leading to misunderstandings between them. As the narrative progresses, we witness the characters evolving and changing their opinions about each other.
Themes of "pride and prejudice":
Love and Social Prejudice: The plot revolves around the characters Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, examining the complex dynamics of social class and prejudice that influence their relationship.
Female Autonomy: The novel addresses the issue of women's autonomy in the society of the time, emphasizing the strong and independent character of Elizabeth Bennet, who seeks to follow her own mind rather than conform to social expectations.
Marriage and Social Survival: The theme of marriage is central, highlighting the social pressures related to the role of women and the necessity of marital union as a means of economic and social security.
Reflection on Society: Austen uses the novel to satirize the society of the time, exposing hypocrisies and social conventions through the characters and their interactions.
The conclusion of "Pride and Prejudice" sees the resolution of the romantic tension between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. She understands his true nature and falls in love with him. Darcy, in turn, overcomes his pride and prejudice, proposing to Elizabeth a second time with genuine humility. The novel concludes with the triumph of true love over societal norms and personal biases.
This is Mr Darcy's first marriage proposal in which we can see his initial arrogance, and in this scene we can