Breve biografia della scrittrice e commento a "Orgoglio e Pregiudizio" (in inglese) (file .doc, 1 pag) (0 pagine formato doc)
Jane Austen 1775 Jane Austen 1775 She studied at the abbey school at Reading, and completed her education at home. She was brilliant conversationalist, an accomplished dancer, and a prodigious letter-writer. She soon developed the qualities of a keen observer oh human society. She begun writing very soon and her first production consisted of parodies of current literary fashion. She wrote novels of manners giving portraits of the provincial meddle-class and country gentry. The important moments of their life were visits, weddings, shopping, and polite chatting around the tea-table. She was an acute observer: envies jealousies ambitions and intrigues. She explores human behaviour and she can convey a complete delineation of character. Characterisation Pride and Prejudice comes alive for the reader in the vividness of character and the brightness of dialogue; the narration of events is balanced by passages of reflection and by letters. Some characters are great stage personalities like lady Catherine and Mrs Bennet, other rather flat. Themes The novel involves both characters in a journey towards self-awareness and self-knowledge and this provides its central theme, to which are allied the themes of love, marriage, status and wealth. Marriage is presented from several points of view. Another central concern in the novel is that of good manners, civility, and the related questions of social standing. Style Irony is much employed as a technique in relation to the characters, who are trapped in a double perspective: they do not know that things are not the way they seems, while the reader does. Austen uses third-person narration and positions herself close to the mind and consciousness of Elisabeth and presents the action from her point of view. Heroine and hero , Elisabeth and Mr Darcy, have great qualities and weakness. They appear to have been conceived and developed in critical antithesis to the conventional heroes and heroines of the sentimental novels of the period. She accuses him of pride and he accuses her of prejudice.