Pride and Prjudice was made into a TV mini-series in 1995 staring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehel and then yet again was made into a motion picture in 2005 staring Kiera Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen.
Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature, and receives considerable attention from literary scholars. Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen’s memorable characters or themes. To date, the book has sold some 20 million copies worldwide. Pride and Prejudice has been made into many different movie and TV shows also.
Jane Austen was born December 16, 1775 and passed away July 18, 1817. She was an English novelist who was known and made famous by her romantic writings. Jane wrote many novels, among them are: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northhanger Abbey, and Persuasion. Jane began to write Emma in January of 1814 and finished it in March of 1815. It was published and printed later that year, but the book never made her much money, she had printed off 2,000 copies and four years later there were still 563 copies unsold. Emma was Jane’s forth and last book to appear while she was still alive. http://www.austen.com/emma/
1972. In retrospect, the reader often discovers that the first chapter of a novel or the opening scene of a drama introduces some of the major themes of the work. Write an essay about the opening scene of a drama or the first chapter of a novel in which you explain how it functions in this way.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”. By the use of this simple sentence, Jane Austen sets off her entire book Pride and Prejudice. In the 17 and 1800’s people were expected to get out and get married once they were off age to a wealthy man or woman in order to settle down and provide for yourself. If you did not have connections or money you usually had a harder time of getting married, for it was not only who had the most money but who had the best connections. If you did not get married you usually stayed with your parents as long as you could, but eventually you had to leave and seek out your own employment in order to support yourself.
Elizabeth’s mother, Mrs. Bennett, is the mother of five girls all of age to be married. Whenever Mr. Collins, Elizabeth’s cousin, comes for a visit Mrs. Bennett tries to get Elizabeth to marry. Whenever Elizabeth refuses Mr. Collins Mrs. Bennett tell her that if she would simply marry him then they would all be secure in their house and able to stay whenever Mr. Bennett passes away. When Elizabeth accuses her mother of being insensitive to the fact that she would marry her daughters off to any man who had enough money and would offer to do the job, her mother replies, “When you have five daughters Lizzie tell me what else occupies your thoughts and then perhaps you’ll understand.” A while after having refused Mr. Collins Elizabeth gets a visit from her best Charlotte Lucas who tells her that Mr. Collins has proposed to her and that she has accepted his proposal. Elizabeth outraged that her friend would marry without love begins to chastises Charlotte, but is soon stopped by Charlotte who says that if she does not get married soon she will most likely become an old maid and that not everyone can afford to fall in love.
Jane Austen writes all of her stories with strong independent main characters who do not plan on getting married without love. That, however, turns out to be harder than it looks. Elizabeth Bennett is a woman living in a time and society where love is very rare and compatibility trough connections and money are prominent.The last place she expects to find her true love is in the proud and snobbish Mr. Darcy.
Elizabeth was much too embarrassed to say a word. After a short pause, her companion added, “You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject forever.” Elizabeth feeling all the more than common awkwardness and anxiety of his situation, now forced herself to speak; and immediately, though not very fluently, gave him to understand, that her sentiments had undergone so material a change, since the period to which he alluded, as to make her receive with gratitude and pleasure, his present assurances. – Elizabeth Bennett.
Jane Austen does not elaborate very much upon Elizabeth’s acceptance of Darcy’s proposal, but by her not speaking very fluently you can defer that she is flustered with happiness and know that Darcy knows it, due to her usual sharp and witty tongue.
They gradually ascended for half a mile, and then found themselves at the top of a considerable eminence, where the wood ceased, and the eye was instantly caught by Pemberley House, situated on the opposite side of a valley, into which the road with some abruptness wound. It was a large, handsome, stone building, standing well on rising ground, and backed by a ridge of high woody hills;—and in front, a stream of some natural importance was swelled into greater, but without any artificial appearance. Its banks were neither formal, nor falsely adorned. Elizabeth was delighted. She had never seen a place where nature had done more, or where natural beauty had been so little counteracted by an awkward taste. They were all of them warm in her admiration; and at that moment she felt that to be mistress of Pemberley might be something! – Elizabeth Bennett.
Mr. Darcy’s home seems to represent him well. It is grand and stands well up on a hill representing his grandeur and high rank. The fact that he does not try to falsify the bushes and trees around his house shows that he is basically a good and honest man.
“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” Elizabeth’s astonishment was beyond expression. She stared, coloured, doubted, and was silent. This he considered sufficient encouragement, and the avowal of all that he felt and had long felt for her, immediately followed. He spoke well, but there were feelings besides those of the heart to be detailed, and he was not more eloquent on the subject of tenderness than of pride. His sense of her inferiority—of its being a degradation—of the family obstacles which judgment had always opposed to inclination, were dwelt on with a warmth which seemed due to the consequence he was wounding, but was very unlikely to recommend his suit. – Mr. Darcy.
Darcy’s proposal of marriage to Elizabeth demonstrates how his feelings toward her transformed since his earlier dismissal of her as “not handsome enough”. Though Elizabeth refuses Mr. Darcy this is the beginning of a huge change throughout the novel. Before Mr. Darcy asks Elizabeth to marry him she feels nothing for him but contempt, after his proposal however she seems to see him in a whole new light. This change in her, however, is still yet unforeseen until later on in the novel, all she thinks of is Mr. Darcy’s arrogance of being higher in rank and his snobbishness.
“Which do you mean?” and turning round, he looked for a moment at Elizabeth, till catching her eye, he withdrew his own and coldly said, “She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me.” – Mr. Darcy.
Darcy establishes his reputation of being a rude, proud, and ill mannered man by insulting Elizabeth saying that she is not handsome enough and is barely tolerable. The rudeness with which Darcy treats Elizabeth creates a negative impression of him in her mind, one that will linger for nearly half of the novel, until the underlying nobility of his character is gradually revealed to her.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” – Narrator.
With this as the first sentence to her novel Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen pretty much sums up the whole plot to this book. Every man with money is in need of a wife and every woman wants a man with money, but with Jane Austen and Elizabeth Bennett they are looking for more than just money they are looking for love.