Social Commentary In Pride And Prejudice

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On the surface, Pride and Prejudice is a love story between a prejudiced girl and a proud man, just as the title suggests, but if you dig a hint deeper, you can see that the author, Jane Austen, has created a riveting social commentary on life in late 18th and early 19th century England. Over the course of the novel, romance is a vehicle that reveals this commentary by peeling back the layers of the nature of relationships, class, social hierarchy, and social norms.
In Longbourn, a rural region of England, resides the Bennett family. Mr. Bennett is a taciturn man known for his bursts of sarcastic humour. He is exasperated with his wife, Mrs Bennett, a tiresome woman who always has too much to say. She is a noisy and foolish woman, but will
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The theme of this novel is: true love is a force to be reckoned with, as the only quality that can break down the barriers between the classes, money, social standing and reputation. Austen proposes that true love, as displayed through the sharp vicissitudes of Jane and Bingley’s and Elizabeth and Darcy’s relationships throughout the novel, is separate from society and its rules; even in the case that society tries to stymie the progression of their …show more content…
Pride and Prejudice reflects life in the 18th century, with its balls, etiquette and dialects of formal tone that make you wonder how they learnt copious complex words to be able to sound so posh on a daily basis. I would kill for Austen’s lexicon! Conveying such complexe messages in a simple, yet witty style is a difficult task, but Austen has mastered the art of it. An example of this is evident when Elizabeth says to her sister, Jane, “the more I see of this world, the more I am dissatisfied with it; and everyday confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters.” (Austen 142). This is as timeless a piece of writing today as it was the day Austen wrote it, as it conveys a multitude universal truths of human nature and

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