Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Essay

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Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice in the early 1800’s when society and culture were quite different from today’s modern world. Jane Austen had a brilliant mind and gave the characters, of this novel, qualities of our modern time. She also wrote of a serious matter; however, she did so in a light and humorous way. She wrote of marriage and the truth in finding one’s true love. Jane Austen proved that there can be humor and comedy in a serious situation. Jane Austen’s choice of personality for Elizabeth Bennet was quite shocking for the time period of this novel. Many people of the 1800’s saw laughter as a vulgar characteristic (Casal). Jane Austen uses comedy and humor within each character’s personality. Austen also used her own …show more content…
There is a rhyme and reason to all of Jane Austen’s irony (Brown 293). Jane Austen’s concept for this novel is quite complex especially when it comes to each character’s qualities and personalities. Elizabeth Bennet is the main character who is always in the mood for a good laugh. Elizabeth’s laughter matures by the end of the novel and throughout the novel she allows herself to laugh at her own faults and mistakes (Casal). Elizabeth is set aside from the other characters by her wit and sense of humor (Brown 299). Elizabeth and Lydia’s sense of laughter is directly related to their sexual desires (Casal). Both Elizabeth and her sister, Lydia, love a good laugh. Jane Austen only allows Lydia the use of the word fun throughout the entire novel (Mullen). Lydia’s sense of humor and laughter is quite foolish. Elizabeth and Lydia bring about many different forms of laughter (Casal). Elizabeth and Darcy’s relationship is more complicated by laughter but changes once Mr. Darcy learns the true meaning of laughter and throughout the novel he learns to open himself up to Elizabeth’s humor. Elizabeth uses laughter to reach out to Mr. Darcy. There is sexual tension between Darcy and Elizabeth’s because of Elizabeth’s implied laughter. Mr. Darcy is more humor filled that what meets the reader’s eye at first (Casal). Elizabeth teaches Mr. Darcy how to laugh at one another (Brown 304). Mr. Darcy sees laughter as

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