Discuss How Far Pride and Prejudice Challenges the Generic Conventions of the Realist Novel

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Discuss how far Pride and Prejudice challenges the generic conventions of the realist novel

Realist novel through divide in class. Generic convetions are romance, comedy (of manners) and drama. Austen details marriage throughout and this will reflect the society at the time of writing. The pragmatism is the need to be married. The novel employs narrative technique of free indirect speech. Narrative – 3rd person, effect on genre.

Romance is represented through characters being kept apart. Misconceptions, miscommunication and quick judgements are key facts. Mr Darcy the alpha male who takes charge of the situation. The heroin must be saved, clear convention however she is not the typical as she is not in phycial danger but instead her families place in society is (impotant theme during time). The relationships between characters, especially the main of Elizabeth and Darcy. ‘In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you’ – Elizabeth. (Detail of relationship, tone and language).

Argument - being microcosm of society and money. There is a lot of sexual tension and potential love affair – only a device. Elizabeth as a character is not completely romantic. She’s witty and changes her heart. Question of the novel being a moral tale and there is the consideration of ramifications of reckless behavior. Is it a true consequence of folly?

Comedy is evident. Austen pokes fun at society. Satirical look at the life the author lives in. Austen uses the novel the show problems during the 18th century English society. The Bennets are the first and oldest that appears in the novel as very hilarious. ‘My dear, you flatter me. I certainly have had my share of beauty’. This allows and sets a tone and theme for the reader to know what to expect during the novel.

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