Use of Satire in Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen Essay

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Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, published in 1813. This story follows the main character Elizabeth, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, and marriage in the society of early 19th-century England. Satire is used in Pride and Prejudice to make fun of human vices or weaknesses. Satire can be described as a literary composition, in verse or prose, in which human folly and vice is held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule (Satire). It is basically used to attack the characters to bring a change about them. The use of satire is often inclusive of a need or decision of correcting or bettering the character that is on the receiving end of the satire. In general, even though satire might be humorous and may …show more content…
(CliffNotes) Jane Austin shows her view of entailment by using satire throughout the book. The following quote displays Austin’s discontent with the marriage and entailment issues in the Regency culture.
“…if she should die, it would be of comfort to know that it was all in pursuit of Mr. Bingley and under your orders.” –Chapter 7 ( Palmer)
One of the two most made fun of characters in Pride and Prejudice is Mr Collins who is Mr Bennet’s cousin and, heir to his estate. Austen described him as "not a sensible man, and the deficiency of nature had been but little assisted by education or society." Collins boasts of his acquaintance with and valuable support from Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Mr Bennet, Jane, and Elizabeth consider him pompous and lacking in common sense. Austen disapproves of Mr. Collins and that is why she attacks and satirizes him. He thinks and talks highly of people higher than himself, such as, Lady Catherine DeBourgh. An example of this is when they were invited to dine with Lady Catherine DeBourgh and Mr. Collins then tells Elizabeth:
"Do not make yourself uneasy, my dear cousin, about your apparel. Lady Catherine is far from requiring that elegance of dress in us which becomes herself and daughter. I would advise you merely to put on whatever of your clothes is superior to the rest ...she likes to have the

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