Question One: Author Information and why Work was Written
John Austen was an English writer born in 1775. She published several novels during her life, Pride and Prejudice included. Her works vividly depict middle-class English and lifestyle during her times. Although written as a romantic novel, Pride and Prejudice was largely intended to recreate the social world at the time, more particularly, to convey not just the values, customs, and ethics that defined the society but also the environment and landscape at the time. It represented the complex society at the time. However, there are some interesting aspects of the novel that could project Austen as having also projected a vision of the society she foresaw. It is therefore no surprise that the novel stood out across time to become a timeless classic, centuries after her death.
Question Two: Summary of Main Ideas
The novel is primarily about love. It primarily centers around Elizabeth and Darcy’s courtship. The novel takes the typical direction that love story’s follow in which case, those in love face and elude multiple stumbling blocks. the story that starts with tension transitions into love. It is important to note Elizabeth’s misjudgment of Darcy and Darcy’s prejudice against Elizabeth’s poor background. In this case, Elizabeth is prejudiced by misinformed first impression of Darcy while Darcy is consumed by pride, thanks to his wealthy background compared to Elizabeth that comes from poor background. As the author brings them together, one thing is sure, the author intends to reflect on the power of true love and its inability to supersede challenges.
Away from love, Austen drives the importance of reputation within the society. Through this novel, a woman’s reputation is projected as being immensely important. In this regard, some norms are laid down that the society expects women to abide by. These are reflected in multiple scenarios, for instance, the awe with which Elizabeth is viewed when she arrives in Netherfield with muddy skirts and how Mrs. Bennet’s ill manners ruin her reputation (Austen 64). Austen, in essence, portray the social norms expected of women and out of which, if women act, they are susceptible to ostracism. Reputation can also be considered hand in hand with integrity. Austen, no doubt attaches great importance to integrity as evident through her character’s presentations.
Social stratification is also an important element that Austen focuses on. The novel presents a strictly regimented lifestyle for the middle and upper classes in the region at the time. However, through Darcy and Elizabeth, the author foresees a society that will view these stratifications as artificial barriers to existence and live beyond them. In this context, Austen uses love to break the boundaries created by artificial society stratification based on class.
The author also presents family as the basic unit of society. All the characters in the novel are constrained to operate within family settings. This setting shapes their perspectives of life and decision making. Many a times, it I seen in the novel that people’s actions are directly shaped by expectations of their family. This underlies the importance of the family in the society that Austen projects. It is acceptable to conclude, based on Austen’s depiction in the novel, that at the time, autonomous live devoid of family was unimagined and that an individual’s action had wide societal implications.
Question Three: Writing Style and Audience
The author employs interesting writing styles that bring aboard multiple literacy devices. He not only describes the surrounding in a manner that helps the reader to picture it but also individuals. Further, the author shifts from third person point of writing to first person as appropriate in order to effectively represents the intended scenarios. Other literary devices such as similes and idioms are largely employed to help readers fully picture the presented scenarios.
Question Four: Impact and Relevance of Work Today
The word does a good job in reflecting the society at the time. It reflects on the way of life at the time, the challenges that were exhibited at the time and most importantly, the overall scope of things at the time. However, it interestingly project’s the authors foresight into the future society, that is reflective of the current society. Additionally, it helps modern readers to understands the occurrences at the time.
Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. New York: Modern Library, 1995.