Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice

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Jane Austen, born December 16, 1775, was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction earned her a place as one of the most widely read authors in English literature. Austen’s novels critique the life of the second half of the eighteenth century and are part of the transition to nineteenth-century realism. Though her novels were by no means autobiographical, her fictional characters do shed light on the facts of her life and but more importantly, they offered aspiring writers a model of how great works of literature were created. In 1796 and 1797 she worked on her novel First Impressions. This novel was later revised and published in 1813 as Pride and Prejudice. This is a nineteenth century English romantic story of the rebellious…show more content…
Bingley. Similar to this situation in the novel, Austen’s mother took her one and only love away. His name was Tom Lefroy, a lower class man from Ireland whom Austen fell in love with. His family sent him back to Ireland when they discovered their love. Austen’s family told her that he was not wealthy enough (Swisher 20). The main classes were the upper class, middle class and the lower class. The upper class had a privileged and wonderful life (Emsley). The father of the family brought up social ranking. Mr. Bennet was considered middle class because he owned land, but had a low paying job. This was similar to Austen’s family. "In marrying your nephew, I should not consider myself as quitting that sphere. He is a gentleman; I am a gentleman's daughter; so far we are equal (Austen 239). The nineteenth century influenced Austen in writing her novel. In the nineteenth century, women were not allowed to own or inherit land from their father. In order to own land a person had to be male. Austen’s brothers could inherit land but Elizabeth and her sisters could not. “About a month ago I received this letter, and about a fortnight ago I answered it, for I thought it a case of some delicacy, and requiring early attention. It is from my cousin, Mr. Collins, who, when I am dead, may turn you all out of this house as soon as he pleases (Austen 42).” In order to find a husband, the parents needed to intervene.

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