Sunday, February 8, 2009

Jane Austen's Influence

Jane Austen, 1775-1817
  • The daughter of a rector—the seventh of eight children—educated at home and never lived apart from her family
  • Her novels are closer to 18th century satire than Romantic Age works.
  • Observed social behavior with “shrewd perceptiveness.”
  • Common theme—maturity achieved through loss of illusions

    Sense & Sensibility (1795)
    Pride & Prejudice (1796)
    Northanger Abbey (1797)
    Mansfield Park (1811)
    Emma (1814)
    Persuasion (1815)

**Sense and Sensibility first published in 1811

Pride & Prejudice Characters

The Bennet Sisters:

Jane Bennet--the beautiful, eldest daughter
Elizabeth Bennet - The novel's protagonist
Mary Bennet - The middle Bennet sister, bookish
Catherine (Kitty) Bennet - The fourth Bennet sister, a flirt
Lydia Bennet - The youngest Bennet sister, a flirt

Love Interests:

Fitzwilliam Darcy - A wealthy gentleman, the master of Pemberley
Charles Bingley - Darcy's best friend, has a considerable fortune.
George Wickham - A handsome, fortune-hunting militia officer.
Mr. Collins - A pompous clergyman who stands to inherit the Bennet's home.

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