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Ten Things to Know before Reading "Pride and Prejudice"

Jun 14, 2021
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before starting Pride and Prejudice, first an apology and explanation First time

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Pride and Prejudice I was not a reader growing up and first time

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this novel was as a freshman or a sophomore English student as an undergraduate in a course of study that the teacher was really good at, but you might not be smart or mature enough to appreciate Elizabeth Bennett or you might not really understand the history and the cultural context in which the novel was written. I can say a lot more about each of these topics in terms, but just to give a little introduction to the world around Pride and Prejudice and around Jane Austen while she was writing this novel and that way maybe we can appreciate Find out why these characters were they care so much about what matters to them.
ten things to know before reading pride and prejudice
First, the novel was written during what is

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n as the Regency era, after King George III had been deemed insane. The Regency era technically lasted from 1811 to 1820, but historians debate its longer influence, perhaps from 1780 until Queen Victoria's accession to the throne in 1837. The Regency area. The Regency era was the end of the Georgian era until the reigns of George I. 2nd, 3rd, and 4th and was a period when the ruling class lived lavish, extravagant, and extravagant lifestyles. scandals and just a quick anecdote to discuss the kind of luxury or to give a picture of the lavish lifestyles of particularly the Prince Regent himself the Prince Regent in other korcula the men had in full suit they had nowhere to hide all their bulk and they resorted to corsets to cinch their weighty waists to appear slimmer and also j Just to fit into their clothes, the Prince Regent himself, his corset creaked as he moved Kravitz, the kind of claims the laces of the time got bigger and tying them up became this complex competitive process between gentlemen.
ten things to know before reading pride and prejudice

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The Regency era was a time particularly among the tall. The upper class men of the moral axis and the Regency era largely led to the strict morality of the Victorians. We probably read Jane Austen and think that this is a very morally closed moment, but the larger context of the Regency era. it was quite the opposite and the Victorian kind of response to that was a kind of hypermorality, which is why Jane Austen is often criticized when people read the six novels of hers that the tumultuous world of the Regency period is not reflected in the novels of her that his novels paint with too narrow a brush, the fact is that during the Regency period England itself was fighting the Napoleonic Wars and that, as one scholar put it, you couldn't throw a stone without hitting a soldier, now there were soldiers literally everywhere in his novels and in particular Pride and Prejudice becoming a soldier buying a commission and becoming a soldier was a particularly interesting way to become a gentleman and a soldier and in the presence of young ladies it was often quite electric and as we'll see in the novel but it's a world, the Regency period was a world where soldiers were everywhere, it's interesting that Jane Austen doesn't have scenes where two men talk without the presence. of a woman, but she is aware of the world outside the towns she writes about and I would conclude this point by saying that it is almost Shakespearean, but in Shakespeare's best plays, his characters have layered conflicts within their own hearts, their communities of characters if you think about yourself you know that Hamlet's own internal conflict or Macbeth's own internal conflict has an echo in the community in which it also resonates for conflicts with other kingdoms and other countries and I would say that Austin has his own version from this.
ten things to know before reading pride and prejudice
We don't get reports from soldiers very often. We don't get reports from the battlefield, but there is this omnipresent presence of war. outside of the comfort of these halls which I think is really interesting and it's also in Pride and Prejudice um in terms of the economy during the Regency quite interesting the Regency saw very significant economic changes previously they were England was primarily an agrarian economy now they are starting to show up the first big factories and we see the shift to a more industrial economy and then what will be called the Industrial Revolution. I think all of that is interesting and relatively easy to understand, but what's peculiar, I think what Austen writes is she in a very subtle way shows the insecurity of these changes between her characters that this is an uncertain unstable society with uncertain futures. everything is changing and no one understands the rules now there is a lot of talk about automating work that was once done by real human beings and I think that's the 21st century version of the kind of anxiety that Austin's characters sometimes face regarding to the economic changes of it is time to ask a Jane Austen fan in a word what are their novels about that fan i would probably say marriage but there are some peculiar details about courtship and marriage i would like to discuss they actually have a significant relationship with our reading. of

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in the first place, single men and women cannot have private conversations single men and women cannot express feelings or emotions to each other single men and women cannot call each other by their first names single men and women cannot they can write letters to each other all of those details end up being interesting when we see some of the moments in Pride and Prejudice which for us might not be a big deal but if you know these kind of cultural rules end up being significantly audacious and you could say how revolutionary when a woman gets married in this period of time, she really gives her whole life to her husband, except for what is called the marriage part, which is a sum of money. that the woman's family would reserve the possibility of her being widowed, but for the most part, her kind of legal and financial identity became null and void and, as you know, the marriage at this time was purely a business arrangement, the idea of ​​marriage for love. it's a fairly recent phenomenon, there was actually no expectation that your spouse was going to meet your emotional needs, your emotional needs were supposed to be met by your friends, maybe parenting and if you were shy about it in extramarital affairs which were pretty ubiquitous at the time, the job of marriage was to create an heir to stabilize the family line, that was the purpose of getting married, oddly enough Jane Austen The Jane Austen novels are full of interesting readers who are, in my opinion, very different from the types of reading that women of the time read. of sermons in a way of applying the Bible to her daily life.
ten things to know before reading pride and prejudice
Shakespeare was something of a chosen national treasure writer, but perhaps most peculiar were these conduct books, including the one on the frontispiece here. being a guide to true gentleness in good parenting etc these were very common and now there are kind of online bee versions on social media of what men and women are supposed to be like but the rules and regulations of relationships and social behavior were extremely violent. clearly delineated, for example, women weren't supposed to talk like men, women were supposed to hold their speech when spoken to and we're supposed to hold their speech on household and family matters you weren't supposed to do bold statements about politics, for example, you shouldn't talk passionately or make people laugh, certainly as a young woman you should never be alone with a single gentleman. you had to wait to be introduced to someone publicly you couldn't walk up to a stranger and say your name and shake their hand you had to wait that was the etiquette of the time and something else that seems important than that What ends up being important in Pride and My

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is that as a single woman you would never dance with the same man more than twice at a dance and this seems silly. it would cause a bit of a fuss, but pay attention later in the novel where Mr.
Collins breaks this etiquette. It's quite interesting. What I would also like to say is that if you were to read the complete 6 Jane Austen novels, one kind of theme or common denominator of the heroines is different as they are very different. they spend quiet time in their life reading and it's usually reading literature and it's interesting that the growth of these characters, I feel is often in direct correlation with their private contemplative reading, they pay attention and

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and prejudice to what the person says folks when Elizabeth Bennet is reading I think it's quite revolutionary and interesting and indeed one of the gaps between our understanding of our society and that of the Regency period is the definition of a gentleman nowadays gentlemen is a distinction of behavior one behaves like a gentleman but at the time of the Regency being a gentleman means that you did not dirty your hands with work that meant that also meant that you were a landowner and th if you received rents and so on from people who worked on your land, for so you didn't have to work for your income, the interesting thing is that if you earn, say, £2,000 a year from the income of your land and didn't work and his next door neighbor has a successful business and he was worth, say, a hundred thousand pounds, you'd still outrank him because you didn't work for your money, so higher status really wasn't about elections, effort or work, having a higher status as a gentleman was more a function of genetic lottery, frankly, so this is another thing that I think is important because Jane Austen in all her novels, but certainly in this novel she's possessed, she's obsessed with money and how much money people bring in and how much money people need. we know from the outset that the Longbourn estates bring income to the estates of the Bennet sisters and that Mr.
Mrs. Bennet earns them £2,000 a year. Its a lot of money. We know that the Pemberley estate where Darcy lives earns £10,000 a year, which would make him, according to some scholars, one of the richest single men in England at the time. Here is the important thing. thing to keep in mind in middle class family for your middle class family to live comfortably they would have to earn £250 a year that's the benchmark we have that's not what a rich family needs but that's what you can live comfortably as a middle bottom family on turns 50 quid a year so in light of that fact let's talk about a primogeniture status and n tail and a dowry because these are terms that pertain more to the characters we're going to be about read, not middle class people looking to just be comfortable but wealthy people looking to secure their lineage and estate for generations to come in a state the definition of an estate hasn't really changed that much in a state then as it is now is the nd money and property from one person or one family so again the average family can live comfortably on £250 a year and I said you know a lot of Boerner is £2,000 a year which seems m Much until he realized there are five girls there and that money has to be divided up the Pemberley estate who earns ten thousand pounds a year Pawnee is obviously an incredibly wealthy estate women can inherit the estate but usually the son by a variety of reasons i get into did he inherit the estate or the closest male the the closest male relative now primogeniture ends up being one of the most important features of the book and time period primogeniture is simply the premise that a woman's estate family automatically descends to eldest son primogeniture is in the etymology of the word a family's estate automatically descends to eldest son the Bennetts have five daughters there is no eldest son so readers often ask if daughters could divide the inheritance ab Definitely that happens sometimes, in fact, Lady Catherine's daughter in the novel is an only child and is l The heiress to opulent Rosings Park, which we'll hear more about, but there are five daughters here and once they start getting married, the property of the woman in a marriage becomes the property of the husbands and you can see how that could complicate who manages the Longbourn estate, so what often happens is that a father like mr.
Bennett would link his estate to the male next of kin and the tying is when the father in this case Mr. Bennett bequeaths his estate to the male next of kin what it says in the documents of the day the male heirs to my body so Mr. Bennett because he has no children ties his estate to his cousin Mr. Collins, who you'll love and is one of the great cringeworthy comic characters in all of literature, but one final story is really the key. Knowing what a final story is is the key to the conflict of the entire Pride and Prejudice novel. and that is why from the first page mrs.
Bennett's seemingly foolish anxiety about the marital or romantic status ofhis daughter is actually quite legit she seems dumb on the surface but the fact is the matter is legal and financially speaking the day Mr. Bennett dies all these girls lose everything and are left essentially homeless outside of the generosity of other people, so it's very important to understand that something interesting is that Jane Austen herself was the daughter of a vicar and a large family and when her father died she and her maiden sister Cassandra lost their house their father's income and they bounced from relative to relative essentially homeless and dependent on the generosity of other people, so she has an experiential and emotional sense of what it feels like.
I like being a young woman who has gotten wrapped up in the kind of economic complexity of

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like birthright and ties and last but not least dowry which is a term most of us are familiar with and is simply money from a woman's husband . he gets earlier, he gets it from the woman's father usually and this is clearly long before the me2 movement, but the purpose of the dowry is it could even have another purpose is to compensate the man for the expense of having a wife in the first place Instead the husband could actually legally do whatever he wanted with the dowry and when the woman married, the woman basically lost her legal status as a human being, she practically belonged to the husband and she had no legal recourse unless there was a prenuptial agreement which was obviously quite rare at the time, the reason why I'm obviously not an economist and these are very superficial explanations, but the anxiety, the economic anxiety that lives in this novel drives this novel and is often easily forgotten because the people have servants, cooks and gardeners and people dress well and speak well and it is not like that.
Sometimes it may seem like a world without financial anxiety, but it's really like now that people are okay but you're not a paycheck or two away from being okay, this is kind of like the 21st century version of Pride and Prejudice. I would say what is a vicar and what is living so being a gentleman is great if you are the eldest son and a family inherits everything because of the birthright and everything is wonderful but if you are a son who is not the first son and still you want to be a gentleman, there are a few ways to do it. which then the first is the clergy and this is where the vicarage comes in comes in a vicar is a clergyman about two thirds of the students at Cambridge University during the Regency period were there to become clergymen at that time it would be ordained exact or a low level cleric were always poor when they started would work for the Vicar would earn around £50 a year parish or as a community of people involved in meeting people or being in the right place at the right time these jobs were funded by the parish and allowed the vicar to make a living the definition of making a living is a guaranteed income for life from the parish in the parish is not in this case a church building it is just a whole community because the vicars not only made what you would expect a parish priest to do: help the poor, baptisms, weddings, funerals, but they would also do

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like manage the cami No. s and helping us with social services, so they were like a combination of religious institution and Department of Public Works rolled into one, but being a vicar had incredible stability for life and that's why Collins is attractive on the surface. , that's why the characters have lives that are far away from them you'll see some things with Wickham later in the novel the stakes are high to be a vicar the other ways to become a knight are the military the law in certain forms of medicine what's interesting is if I don't have to work because I was born in a particular family first and just sit around drinking claret and reading novels which sounds great by the way.
I would be considered higher up in society, chained and someone who works very hard as a soldier. or cleric and that's just this the state and setting was here in terms of challenges to read Pride and Prejudice some of them pertain to challenges to read all the ancient differences Cult Classic Books and here are some reading tips I have four for Pride and Prejudice first the best you can and this is always very hard to keep 20/20 keep the current year you're in the door is going to be very easy to sort of get upset because things move as slow as they do that they don't say what's on their mind the way they sound like they should people aren't transparent the way they should be people don't talk back when they should talk Let the novel present you with its own set of rules as you read and we can discuss what he thinks of them as time goes on, but this novel creates its own internal universe with its own internal set of rules and we can talk about that second. keep in mind the stakes in all these moments someone moving into a neighborhood drives the drama of the first few pages the first chapter of the novel someone moved into my neighborhood in Peabody we recently talked about it at dinner with my family no faith he didn't feel like the first few pages of pride and prejudice why are certain people encouraged or discouraged from marrying other people?
The novel is so beautiful from the point of view of language. I would really recommend getting a good version of it on YouTube or even better audible. day and reading along with the reader is a great way to experience a great book and if it's frustrating because it's going too slow, that's really a reason to do it, it forces you to slow down and appreciate this language in a whole different way, especially if you're really familiar with the book and want to experience it in a new way fourth and this maybe goes against the sensibilities of English teachers but since you're reading something for the first time I would say this for every book you've ever read you won't worry about the deeper meaning of the moments the symbolism if it's stormy outside don't try to resist the temptation to read too much into that right then it's because you want to experience the novel unfolding before you in real time we don't If we don't constantly search for deeper meaning when we are in the cinema, there is no reason to do it the first time you read well and Prejudice tries to enjoy the novel in the first reading and lastly because we are going to be talking about Pride and Prejudice and I encourage you not to interpret as you read I what I suggest doing with your printout of the book is each page or write you know a question underline a favorite sentence in parentheses for a moment you are surprised by something you are wondering about and want to ask about what you know write a little question mark I call it funders lining it is not just underlining because we are dealing with great literature it is fun so therefore it is lining from funders but I would say no Don't be one of those people you met in college who highlights the whole book that's not good but since you're going to talk about it you want a minimal record of your reactions I would say every couple of pages maybe a little mark you know how i said question mark exclamation point if i like a quote sometimes i put quotes around the sentence on the page just something for To think about your reading here are the works cited for all the images I hope you enjoyed the presentation and that you enjoy Pride and Prejudice, it really is a reading experience like no other.

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