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Satire in Pride and Prejudice Works Cited Booth Bradford A Pride and Prejudice Text Background Criticism Harcourt Brace and World Press California 1963 Austen Jane Pride and Prejudice Airmont Publishing Co Inc New York 1962 Jane Austen is often noted by critics for her strong satirical angle towards upper-middle class ways of life in the late eighteenth century Pride and Prejudice is no exception to this In this particular work Austen attacks the societys condoning of marriage for money and social standing Austen does this by magnifying the absurdness of heir attitude toward marriage and the customs they practice Austen does this best when she sets up the first gathering scene in the novel as a ball This gives Austen the chance to demonstrate some of the foolishness of the characters This first scene is in chapter three when a ball is held and all the young eligible bachelors and young unmarried ladies are given the oppurtunity to interact with one another and perhaps even find their future wife or husband The first character that Austen begins to look at satirically is Mr Darcy He is brought to the ball by his friend Mr Bingley and is introduced to all the principal people in the room Mr Darcy is first described as a fine figure of a manand was looked at with great admiration and not long after as the proudest most disagreeable man in the world When he is at the ball he does nothing but walk about with a disinterested look on his face Austen makes fun
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