readers have engendered still more works and enjoyed more spin-offs – from Pride and Prejudice in particular.
These static characters provide the background for the maneuverings of the central characters, Elizabeth and Darcy, who, although touched by pride and prejudice, overcome the limita- tions imposed by these qualities and become equal to the moral challenges presented to them.
the prospects for unmarried women of the middle class in 18th- and 19th-century England were far from rosy. Genteel poverty was the best that could be expected, meaning virtually dowerless young women like Elizabeth "Lizzy" Bennet and her older sister, Jane, faced both hardship and emotional disappointment if they could not find husbands.
And it seems that it was from Cecilia that Austen got the title for her best-loved novel.
The title Pride and Prejudice is said to come from the ending of Fanny Burney's novel Cecilia. However, before naming the piece as she did, Austen previously chose the title "First Impressions." Pride and Prejudice has a better ring to it with its alliteration, but "First Impressions" would have been a more accurate and relevant title for such a novel.
In Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet overcomes her prejudice, and the extremely wealthy Mr. Darcy his pride, and the two find love and marriage with one another.
Mr. Collins of Pride and Prejudice--the novel of manners par excellence--is at once the most ridiculous and the most ill-mannered character in the text, for not only does he lack the feelings appropriate to the rituals of human intercourse depicted by Austen, but he repeatedly adopts the wrong form when performing those rituals.
Austen uses characters like Mr. Collins to show just how ridiculous it is to adhere oneself solely to societal norms. Mr. Collins does exactly as he is instructed to by his Lady Catherine De Bourgh. She tells him how he must act in society and he follows. However, he has no idea how to apply these social norms correctly and therefore ends up being mocked by everyone. Austen uses Mr. Collins to point out that you cannot expect all people to act one certain way.
Particularly in Pride and Prejudice, however, the reader must be struck by the fact that, despite several visits to houses unfamiliar to the main characters, not a chintz-covered chair nor a rose in the wallpaper is deemed worthy of the narrator's attention.
Pride and Prejudice has often been depicted as a simple story of love between a wealthy, proud aristocrat and an intelligent, beautiful young woman born into a family of five sisters with little financial security.
Pride and Prejudice can also be seen as beginning with the introduction of one of its principal figures, only here that figure is a community.
This whole novel is a satire and commentary on the late 18th and early 19th century in which Jane Austen lived. Back then, people had not much to entertain themselves besides the gossip of the neighborhood. Travelling far distances was difficult, thus people became very acquainted with those nearby and only learned of others through word of mouth. Communities were a central role in this society and there were many social rules that one had to follow. Everyone had a reputation in their surrounding society and community. It was an inescapable influence that shaped interactions and socialization.
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice had a long and varied life before it finally saw publication on January 28, 1813. Austen began the book, originally titled First Impressions, in 1796. Her father submitted it to a London publisher the following year, but the manuscript was rejected.