Pride and Prejudice centers itself around Elizabeth Bennet, a lovely, intelligent woman, and her relationship with a young man named Mr. Darcy.At the beginning of the story Elizabeth, her sisters, and her mother are ecstatic upon hearing about a wealthy, young man named Mr. Bingley moving to town.
Mrs.Bennet hopes that her five daughters will marry, one being to Mr. Bingley. Mr. Bingley and the girls meet at a ball, where he finds interest in Jane Bennet. His friend, Mr. Darcy slowly starts to find interest in Elizabeth, but she finds him conceited. While Jane and Mr.
Bingley’s relationship grows, he moves to London due to his sisters. Mr. Collins, a man who wants to inherit the Bennet property, proposes to Elizabeth, where she refuses. He then gets married to Elizabeth’s best friend, Charlotte.
Elizabeth goes to visit the couple who lives next to Darcy’s aunt. There she sees Mr. Darcy again, and he proposes, but she says no, believing that he persuaded Mr.
Bingley into not having a relationship with Jane. Mr. Darcy leaves, but soon sends Elizabeth a letter, explaining that he thinks the romance between Mr Bingley and Jane is not serious. The letter causes Elizabeth to reassess her feelings for Darcy. When Mr Bingley returns from London, he pays the Bennets a visit, and proposes to Elizabeth.
Darcy and Elizabeth soon take a walk, where he proposes and she says yes, leaving both girls to be married. Elizabeth Bennet is the second daughter in the Bennet family. She in lovely, clever, and intelligent. In the novel her honesty allows her to arise above nonsense.
Elizabeth has a sharp tongue, leaving her to make quick judgments. Jane Bennet is the oldest off the Bennets. She is gentler and more reserved, which is a foil for her sisters nature. Mr Darcy, the nephew of Lady Catherine is found as conceited and judgy by the town.
The setting of Pride and Prejudice takes place in Longbourn, England during the Napoleonic Wars, and focuses on social realism, the expectation of women and social classes during the time of the novel. During the novel the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth does not change due to their social classes. Jane Austen presents this when Darcy says that he does not want to be seen dancing with Elizabeth at the ball.
The time of the novel can help the readers understand the importance of social classes, and expectations of women. Jane Austen also uses irony in the novel. Austen writes “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
” which represents irony. During the novel it is the women looking for a men to marry.One strength in Pride and Prejudice is Mr.
Darcy breaking the social class idea and getting married to Elizabeth. As his feelings grow for her he forgets about the money and reputation he will have. Another is Elizabeth standing up for herself against Lady Catherine.
Elizabeth married Darcy, knowing it will make her happy. Pride and Prejudice has pleased many people, while others, not so much, it breaks the expectation of social classes and expectations of women.