P+P Irony

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  • P+P  Irony
    • Mudrick "Distance from her subject and from the reader was Jane Austen's first condition for writing.
      • Jane Austen distances herself from the reader by using a narrative voice throughout the book. This could be a technique to present her radical views to te audience without having take full responsibility for them like in "ozymandias"
    • Mudrick "Irony is used to sharpen and expose all  the incongruities between form  and fact, all the delusions intrinsic to conventional art, and conventional society"
    • Irony : The difference between what is said and what is meant
      • Sarcasm - unsophisticated  type of irony
      • Irony that depends on context and interpretationto show the conventions we live by and the mortalities they ought to intact
    • First chapter is filled  with Irony - sarcastic humour. Comic effect presented through the contrast between Mr  Bennet and Mrs Bennet
      • Mr Bennet described by the narrator as "a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve and caprice" - which is the stark opposite to Mrs bennet
      • "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife"
        • Impression is that  the narrator does not believe the idea they are putting forward meaning she is being ironical
          • the word "truth"  - sounds too much like an opinion or wishful thinking to be really universal
          • "Universally acknowledged" sounds to excessive and self  assuredness exaggeration or excess usually clues to irony.
            • enforcing the idea to much - many readers might think she is voicing someone else opinion. The narrator  feels as though they have to include this  statement to oblige by  societies view at the time which shows the pressure put on people to conform to societies views and opinions
        • Ironic because what is being spelled  out but not said is that it is not men who are in want of a wife but women who are in want of a husband which is shown continuously throughout the entity of the book.
          • Woman search for husbands for financial security
        • theme of money - here its saying when men have enough financial security they will search for  a wife but that is  shown is not true as Mr Wickham  is in want of a wife because he wants to inherit financial stability
          • Ironic because what is being spelled  out but not said is that it is not men who are in want of a wife but women who are in want of a husband which is shown continuously throughout the entity of the book.
            • Woman search for husbands for financial security
        • "possession" suggests not only money as objects but women as well

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