Pride and Prejudice Review
Pride and Prejudice Review
: is the husband of Mrs. Bennet. He is very stubborn like Elizabeth and he is also very judgmental meaning he will not support things he does not agree with. Other characters think he is very respectable but they also do not always catch his sarcasm. Austen uses him as a character to which Elizabeth can closely relate.
: is one of the Bennet daughters who is quiet and is always to herself. She does not say much but everyone knows she is smart and a deep thinker and they do not have any bad opinions about her. Austen uses her as a neutral character who is not very important, but she is also not like the other women.
is the more stubborn and head strong daughter of the Bennet's. She likes to make her own decisions and speak her mind which makes some characters not very fond of her. For example, the Bingley sisters do not like Elizabeth because she is not like the other women in this time period. Austen uses Elizabeth as a contrasting character to show how women were expected to be in this time.
: is the wife of Mr. Bennet who is very focused on marrying her daughters and she is also very traditional. Other characters find her annoying because she is always talking about wealthy men and her daughters. Austen uses her as a model for what the goals were for many wives in this time.
: is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and she always seems to think the best of every character in the novel, even if her family does not like them. Most of the characters view Jane as the ideal women because she is polite, however Darcy did convince Mr. Bingley that she did not care for him because he did not know why Jane was in love with Mr. Bingley. Austen uses Jane as a kind women who is able to give advice and she allows Elizabeth to talk to Jane about her feelings in turn reveling her own.
: is Mr. Bingley's best friend however he is nothing like him. Darcy is some what anti social and he likes to keep to himself. Many characters thought that he was a very not respectably man and for that reason he was not very liked in Netherfield.
is a rich women who is Darcy's aunt and she takes care of Collins. She is very stubborn and traditional and does not like it when people go against her will. Austen uses her a the traditional and old version of women in this time.
is the uncle of the Bennet daughters. He is very kind a willing to do anything to help his family like helping with Lydia Bennet's situation. All characters find him very respectable and caring because he has done good work for all of them. Austen use him as a super-hero type character for the Bennet's.
is one of the Bennet sisters who marries very young. She is very wild and much like her mom. Characters think she is a disgrace because she ran off with Wickham and married him. Austen uses her as another example of a basic women in this time because she married someone who she was not in love with.
: is Elizabeth's best friend who had not been married until her mid 20's. She only married Collins for money and she loves her new lavish life with him. Most characters think she is an agreeable women but they did not like that she married so old. Austen uses her to show that even women may marry for the wrong reasons.
: is Elizabeth's cousin and a wealthy clergyman. He thinks he is very wise on the subject of women and he never expresses his feelings. Characters either like him or do not based on his character. Austen uses him a model of the basic man in this time who always think they are right and that they know best.
is Mr. Darcy's cousin and he has a very small role in the novel. He houses Elizabeth and tells her good things of Darcy and his family. Characters think he is kind because he housed Elizabeth. Austen uses him as a basic man in this time because he only wants to marry for money,
Satire/Irony in the Novel
Satire: The use of humor and sarcasm from other characters to point out absurd things or stereotypes
Irony: The use of sarcasm to point out people's beliefs from reality
Irony: "for as you are as handsome as any of them. Mr. Bingley might like you the best of the party" (Austen 1).
This shows how Mr. Bennet is sarcastically say that Mrs. Bennet is much prettier/better than her daughters like she thinks she is but in reality she is not
Satire: "Mr. Wickham's chief object was unquestionably my sister's fortune" (Austen 35).
This use of satire shows the stereotype of people in this time period marrying for money
Social Expectations: People were expected to marry in their class or above so this does affect marriages because if you loved someone in a lower class you could not marry them.
In proposals, men think that women will reject them the first time even though this is not true. This is the case with Collins and Elizabeth because she rejected him. However. when Darcy proposed the first time Elizabeth rejected, but not they are married. Also, Collins and Charlotte are married, and same with Lydia and Wickham.
Role of Women:
women were expected to be educated on different things then men. They are educated in etiquette, posture, and manners. Also, most women do not reach the level of success that men do because they were not given the same opportunities. Lastly, they were expected to marry respectable men from higher classes than themselves.