Realism in Pride and Prejudice

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Discuss the features that make a novel you have studied this year seem realistic and explain why realism is appropriate to the main themes of the novel. Sara Perley

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is a complex novel mixing romance with comedy with an unprecedented quality of realism. Austen's techniques require the reader to pay close attention and to actively interpret what it is they are reading unlike other light novels which you can passively work your way through. Pride and Prejudice is centrally concerned with the ideals and necessities of marriage in the early nineteenth century.
Austen used a variety of features to make the novel Pride and Prejudice seem more realistic and relevant to the period of the nineteenth
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The contrasts shown in the novel Pride and Prejudice show the realistic view of differing opinions and beliefs which are portrayed by most people.
Irony is an equally important feature in portraying realism in the novel. Irony is used to express the ideas about the reality which is the characters of people, how no one can understand every subtle thing about every situation.
The novel Pride and Prejudice uses irony a lot to express the beliefs of Austen and to help her subtly mock the society which many people wish to belong to.
Unconscious irony is used to mock the person using it, such as Mrs Bennet. She spends her time criticising other peoples "scandalous" doings believing it makes herself seem better. Mrs Bennet believes that her comments are intelligent and sophisticated when in all reality she is being a hypocrite. As she criticises Mr Collins for his service to Lady Catherine De Bourgh stating that she would never accept favours and property from someone else yet in reality we know that she would. This exposes Mrs Bennet's foolishness and hypocrisy. Another example when Mrs Bennet is talking about the intelligence and senses of her daughters it is ironic because she refers to the sense of their mother and father yet their mother has no sense. "My dear Mr Bennet, you must not expect such girls to have the sense of their father and mother."
Austen also expresses