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A Study of Pride and Prejudice from the Perspective of Irony Contents Abstract(English) ............................................................................................ i Abstract(Chinese) ............................................................................................. ii 1.Introduction ................................................................................................... 2.Literature Review ..................................................................................... 2.1The Studies on Pride and Prejudice Abroad ............................................... 2.2The Studies on Pride and Prejudice at Home ............................................ 2.3Critical Review ............................................................................................. 3. Jane Austen's Perception in Pride and Prejudice ..................................... 3.1Concept of Class .................................................................................... 3.2View of Marriage .................................................................................. 4.The Application of Irony in Pride and Prejudice ........................................ 4.1Language ...................................................................................................... 4.2Characterization ........................................................................................... 4.2.1Mr. Bennet .................................................................................................. 4.2.2Mrs. Bennet ......................................................................................... 4.2.3 William Collins .................................................................................... 4.3The Marriage Plot ...................................................................................... 4.3.1 The Marriage of Mr. Collins and Charlotte Lucas .......................... 4.3.2 The Marriage of Mr. Wickham and Lydia Bennet .............................. 5.Conclusion ....................................................................................................... References ........................................................................................................... 1. Introduction Pride and Prejudice , Jane Austen's masterpiece, took the conservative and
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closed England country life of the late 18th and early 19th century as background, through depicting a few middle-class young women's attitude to marriage, expressed that it is wrong to get married for the sake of property and status. However Fitzwilliam Darcy, a single man of large fortune falls in love with Elizabeth Bennet, the heroine of Pride and Prejudice , who pursues love by not considering about property, he overcame the class consciousness of the day, and made a proposal to Elizabeth but was rejected. It turned out that Elizabeth believed the slender to Mr. Darcy, at last, the misunderstanding was resolved, and Mr. Darcy helped the sister of Elizabeth who had eloped to get married and restored the family's reputation, finally wins Elizabeth's love. At the same time, the novel also depicts the marriage of several of Elizabeth's sisters and girlfriends as a comparison to protagonists 's ideal marriage. The word's language is pure and fresh, funny and witty, the plot twists and turns, and full of dramatic color, is the most popular one of the six novels written by Jane Austen. If likens world literature to sparkling Milky Way, Pride and Prejudice must be the one star which is not so bright but insists to shine lasting soft light, lights up our way in literary creation, encourages us to improve our understanding about English culture and the standard of English Literature. The novel is fresh, crisp and humorous, as if the author is sitting next to the readers, telling the whole story, makes the readers show sly glance sometimes, make faces playfully sometimes, break into delighted smiles sometimes. But if we see through the appearance of the story to perceive the essence, we will be surprised to find one kind of writing technique which we are familiar with for a long time —irony. This paper will use irony as an entry point, through analyzing the irony using on characters, language, plot to show the author's understanding of feminism and her opposition to the concept of class and
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view of marriage at that time. 2. Literature Review Pride and Bias was first distributed in 1813, in spite of the fact that Jane Austen had composed it between October of 1796 and August of 1797. This was when ladies were required to remain at home and simply be a pretty face, not have an independent mind, and not include themselves in governmental issues or professions.
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