Jane Austen Pride And Prejudice Essay

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Jane Austen highlights the social turmoil and class conflict of Regency England through her male and female characters belonging to the upper and the middle classes. In PP her characters are judged by the extent to which they comply with the Regency England code of conduct defined for the upper class men and women. Since a woman’s respect and success lies in finding the right groom at the right age, it is important for a woman to be well-accomplished and socially graced as expected by the society. It is also a reflection of her financial status and guarantees a better chance of a prospective groom. Jane Austen introduces the concept of a ‘gentleman’ to reflect upon her concept of class for her male characters. She uses the term ’gentleman’ …show more content…
As a ‘novel of manners’ PP is a mirror of social etiquettes and mannerisms expected in Austen’s times and its impact on the characters in forming impressions and social judgement.
Jane Austen’s PP gives a vivid description of the distinctions between the upper and middle class on the basis of social codes of conduct rather than on income generated from land. Through her concerns over courtship and marriage Austen highlights the social etiquettes and mannerisms of her characters in defining their journey to climb the social ladder in the prevailing social atmosphere.
Austen introduces the Bennett family comprising of Mr Bennett who owns the Longbourn estate, his wife Mrs Bennet and their 5 daughters Jane, Elizabeth, the female protagonist, Mary, Catherine and Lydia. Mrs Bennet is
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At the ball the conversation between Mr Bingley and Mr Darcy when Mr Darcy comments on being asked to dance with Elizabeth the female protagonist and the second daughter of the Bennets
‘................she is tolerable but not handsome enough to tempt me;........’ It is evident from his talks that Mr Darcy is class-conscious, proud and arrogant and Austen satirizes social class by mocking at his disagreeable nature. Austen projects class differences by highlighting Mr Darcy’s demeaning attitude towards Elizabeth Bennet although he falls in love with her later on. Austen is optimistic about the social class of the new middle class, the tradesman and merchants to which the two friends belong to, but her introduction of Mr Bingley gives her perception of a gentleman as not determined by wealth alone. Austen emphasizes on the power and influence of the landed gentry through Mr Bennet. Through her portraits of Mr Bennet, Mr Bingley and Mr Darcy of different birth order and inheritance, Austen highlights social conduct as the key to a gentleman amidst class mobility and social turmoil of the late 18th and early 19th century caused by the Industrial

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