Young Jane Austen

Themes/Thematic Concerns:

One of the major themes in A Room with a View is Love.

Another major theme that is displayed throughout A Room with a View is Reputation. Class is another major theme that is seen in A Room with a View.

Characterization:

Elizabeth Bennet: Elizabeth is the protagonist of Pride and Prejudice. She is the second daughter in the Bennet family, and the most intelligent. She has many admirable qualities; she is lovely, clever, and, in a novel defined by dialogue, she converses as brilliantly as anyone. Her honesty, virtue, and lively wit enable her to rise above the nonsense and bad behavior that pervade her class-bound and often spiteful society.

Fitzwilliam Darcy: The son of a wealthy, well-established family and the master of the great estate of Pemberley, Darcy is Elizabeth’s male counterpart. Elizabeth often seems a more sympathetic figure, the narrator relates Elizabeth’s point of view of events more often than Darcy’s. The reader eventually realizes, however, that Darcy is her ideal match. Intelligent and forthright, he too has a tendency to judge too hastily and harshly, and his high birth and wealth make him overly proud and overly conscious of his social status. Indeed, his pride and haughtiness makes him initially mishandle his courtship.

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet: Mr. Bennet is the patriarch of the Bennet household. He is Mrs. Bennet Husband and Jane, Elizabeth, Lydia, Kitty, and Mary’s Father., He is a man driven to exasperation by his ridiculous wife and difficult daughters. He reacts by withdrawing from his family and assuming a detached attitude punctuated by bursts of sarcastic humor. He is closest to Elizabeth because they are the two most intelligent Bennetts. Mrs. Bennet is a miraculously tiresome character. She is both noisy and foolish. She is a woman consumed by the desire to see her daughters married and seems to care for nothing else in the world. Ironically, her single-minded pursuit of this goal tends to backfire, as her lack of social graces alienates the very people (Darcy and Bingley) whom she tries desperately to attract. Austen uses her continually to highlight the necessity of marriage for young women. Mrs. Bennett also serves as a middle-class counterpoint to such upper-class snobs as Lady Catherine and Miss Bingley, demonstrating that foolishness can be found at every level of society.

Imagery & Symbols: Pemberley Estate: Pride and Prejudice symbolism, which is probably why this novel’s uses so much more dialogue over description. Darcy’s estate, Pemberley, is the center of the novel, literally and figuratively, as a geographic symbol of the man who owns it. Elizabeth goes to it at a time when her feelings toward Darcy are beginning to warm; she is enchanted by its beauty and charm, and by the picturesque countryside, just as she will be charmed, increasingly, by the gifts of its owner.

Setting:

There are three main settings that are important to the development of the story in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. These are Netherfield Park, Rosings Park, and Pemberley. The setting with the most dramatic symbolism is Pemberley, where Elizabeth is able to see Darcy for who he really is.

Historical Context: Written in the The Georgian Era, between 1797, when a young Jane Austen began work on what would become Pride and Prejudice, and 1813, when the novel was published, the French Revolution was fought, Marie Antoinette was guillotined and Napoleon rose to power and conquered most of Western Europe.