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CONTEXT


1 Historical


"Pride and Prejudice" was published in 1813 during the
Regency period. England was at war with France. Many
men were in the army or militia.

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2 Social


Beginning of the Industrial Revolution ­ some tension
between landed and manufacturing classes.…

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5 Cultural


The Regency period was notable for architecture and
fine art. Distinctive fashions for men and women
emphasised good taste and `elegance' ­ a preoccupation in
"Pride and Prejudice".

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STRUCTURE, FORM AND LANGUAGE


1 Structure


Chronological narrative following events in the characters'
lives. Novel structured into three volumes (cf. a three-
act play). Letters are used to move the action forward.

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LANGUAGE




2 Form


A realistic novel with a carefully…

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4 Tone


Austen's work was designed to be read aloud. Her
"Letters" reveal she regularly read aloud in her family
circle, and we can hear her ironic tone in the rhythm
of her sentences and through comic effects such as
bathos.

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LANGUAGE AND STRUCTURE


1 Voices


The secondary characters in particular speak in different
ways, including Mr Bennet's dry wit, Mr Collins's long-
winded pomposity and Mrs Bennet's excitable
exclamations.

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2 Dialogue


There are many scenes in which plot and character are
developed through conversation,…

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5 Change of place


Key developments of plot and character follow a change
of environment. For example, Elizabeth's visit to
Pemberley for the first time reveals Darcy to be a
considerate and responsible landlord and master.

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THEMES


1 Pride and prejudice


Both Darcy and Elizabeth make mistakes ­ judging by
appearances either of social status or personal charm.
They learn to value qualities beneath the surface.

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2 Sense versus sensuality


In "Pride and Prejudice" there is potential tension
between…

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5 Behaviour


Only the rich can behave as they like and the behaviour
of each family member affects the others. Should private
transgressions be hushed up or revealed?

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