Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen • Tapping into Background Knowledge… • What do you know / what have you heard about this novel? • What do you think you will learn / what do you hope to learn as we read this novel?
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Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austenin Pop Culture • Austen's novels and her personal life have been adapted into film, television, and theater, with different adaptations varying greatly in their faithfulness to the original. • “Becoming Jane” (film (2007)– staring Anne Hathaway • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (parody book) - Seth Grahame Smith • “Pride and Prejudice” (film 2005) – staring Kiera Knightly • “Jane Austen’s Fight Club” – Viral YouTube Clip / Trailer • These are just a few of the examples of Austen’s influence on our culture.
Jane Austen’s Pop Culture influence Cont… • http://online.wsj.com/video/video-clip-jane-austens-fight-club/3F45ECC2-6790-45E2-A68F-415764D39F87.html • Did you know: The film “Clueless” is based on Jane Austen’s novel Emma ? • Did you know the famous Reese Witherspoon film” Bridget Jones’s Diary” borrowed its basic plot elements from Pride and Prejudice ? • ANGLOPHILIA …. And the only cure is more…..
Jane Austen • 1775-1817 • Grew up in an upper class family • Educated by father, brothers, and her own reading • Supported by her family in writing • Writes: • 6 novels • 27 short stories • Dies of TB in the prime of her writing career
Style & Themes • Plots realistic to her time and own experiences: • women having to depend on marriage to get anywhere in the world (historical times) • Love vs expectations (broken heart at 20) • Relationships with siblings and family (sister is her best friend) • Small town situations (growing up in the country)
Themes • Marriage • Money • Class • Self Knowledge and awareness
Pride and Prejudice Background… • In the early 1800’s – few middle class women could choose not to marry or marry simply for love. • Women could not enter occupations and earn their own living. • Governess • Writer • Inheritance – males
Marriage • Path to financial security for women • Attracting a husband was a big priority • Education outside of the domestic sphere was of little importance • A few things that were of big importance: • Singing, playing an instrument, reciting poetry, drawing, painting, embroidery = a “well rounded education” for women
Style • Romance – love– different than the “Romantic Era” • Realism – things exactly how they are in every day life
Setting – Pride and Prejudice • England – 1800’s • Homes of middle and upper class families living in the countryside outside of London • Industrial revolution in full swing – efficiency and profitability – newly rich middle class eager to show off. • Problems – • Unemployment • Starvation – “Bread Riots” • Repressed workers , repressed free speech • Agricultural depression • Austen excludes these events…
Heroine of Pride and Prejudice • Elizabeth Bennet • Middle Class • A-typical – intriguing , complex • “For the first time in English literature, outside Shakespeare, we meet heroines who are credible, with minds, with the capacity to think for themselves, with ambition and wit.”
Characters • Elizabeth Bennet – Second daughter of Mr. Bennet; very smart and outspoken • Fitzwilliam Darcy – condescending gentlemen; best friend to Charles Bingley
Jane Bennet – oldest Bennet daughter • Charles Bingley – Rich neighbor of the Bennets; Darcy’s best friend
Mr. Bennet – modest gentleman with a sarcastic sense of humor • Mrs. Bennet – foolish, noisy woman whose only goal in life is to get all her daughters married
George Wickham – handsome, greedy militia officer • Lydia Bennet – youngest Bennet sister; gossipy, immature and self involved
Mr. Collins – clergyman who will inherit Bennet property • Miss Bingley – Charles's sister; wants Darcy • Lady Catherine – Noblewoman • Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner – Mrs. Bennet’s family • Charlotte Lucas – Elizabeth’s friend • Georgiana Darcy – Darcy’s little sister • Mary Bennet – Middle Bennet sister; bookish • Catharine Bennet – fourth sister; like Lydia
Genre • Comedy of Manners – satirizes the manners and affections of a social class, often represented by stock characters (the rich uncle, the nosey aunt, the overbearing mother, etc.) • Austen's satire – her critique of society is subtle and good humored , but she definitely points out the follies and shortcomings of her characters.
Basic Info • Tense: Past tense • Tone: Comic, satiric • Narrator: third – person omniscient narrator • Antagonist: Snobbish Class – consciousness (as embodied by Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Miss Bingley) • Theme(S): • Impediments to Love • The Necessity of Good Behavior • The Unfortunate Power of Class
Other Novels by Jane Austen • Sense and Sensibility • Mansfield Park • Emma • Northanger Abbey • Persuasion