Pride And Prejudice Chapter 1 Analysis Essay

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Critical Analysis of Chapter 1, Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen laughs at her own society of the early 19th Century in her most famous opening line of her fiction novel, Pride and Prejudice, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” This overstatement is a most effective introduction to her novel Pride and Prejudice as it not only captures the readers’ attention but also immerses the reader in the English 19th Century setting, introduces Austen’s ironic tone of writing and light hearted genre of the novel. Jane Austen uses chapter 1 to introduce her concerns regarding marriage, gender and social order. Austen intrigues the reader with the entertaining relationship between Mr and Mrs Bennet and teases the reader by cleverly introducing the protagonist Elizabeth Bennet, through dialogue. Austen relies on dialogue over description to voice her themes and issues; she uses diction and syntax to introduce the setting. Austen typically restricts the setting as a means of using select few characters to make more universal comments. Chapter 1 introduces the Bennet family who are aware of Bingley entering the neighbourhood even when they have not yet been introduced; Mrs Bennet also knows his marital status and financial standing. “Oh! Single, my dear to be sure! A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year.” The formal language and flawless manner of speaking presented in the dialogue along with the way Mr and Mrs Bennet address each other, by title and surname, “My dear Mr Bennet,” suggest a time of early 19th Century. Reference to Netherfield Park, and Bingley coming from the North of England; suggest a small neighbourhood located just out of the north of England. The countryside was often the setting for comedies in past eras. The genre of the novel, Romantic Comedy is
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