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  • 1. Jane Austen Moira Joui C.
  • 2. Childhood
    • She was born on 16 December 1775 in the village of Steventon in Hampshire.
    • She was the sixth of the eight children of a clergyman, Reverend George Austen.
    • She began to write as a teenager.
    • In 1801 the family moved to Bath.
    • After the death of Jane's father in 1805 Jane, her sister Cassandra and their mother moved several times eventually settling in Chawton, near Steventon.
  • 3. Youth
    • As a young woman Jane enjoyed dancing (an activity which features frequently in her novels) and she attended balls in many of the great houses of the neighbourhood.
    • She loved the country, enjoyed long country walks, and had many Hampshire friends.
    • After her father's death in 1805, his widow and daughters also suffered financial difficulties and were forced to rely on the charity of the Austen sons.
    • It was also at this time that, Jane fell in love, and when the young man died, she was deeply upset. Later she accepted a proposal of marriage from Harris Bigg-Wither, a wealthy landowner and brother to some of her closest friends, but she changed her mind the next morning and was greatly upset by the whole episode. 
  • 4. Her Books
    • At the age of 14 she wrote her first novel, Love and Friendship and then A History of England by a partial, prejudiced and ignorant Historian.
    • In her early twenties Jane Austen wrote the novels that were later to be re-worked and published as Sense and Sensibility , Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey . She also began a novel called The Watsons which was never completed. 
  • 5. Her times: a brief background 
    • Britain, in Jane Austen’s lifetime, was actually at the beginning of the most far-reaching social transformation in her history to date, as industrialisation began to take hold.
    • For almost all of Jane Austen’s adult life, England – with only a couple of brief lulls – was at war with France: from 1793 when revolutionary France declared war on Britain, to Napoleon’s final defeat at Waterloo in 1815. Although there are no direct references to these wars in her novels
  • 6. Her Family tree
  • 7. Some of her Novels
    • Mansfield Park
    • Pride and Prejudice
    • Sense and Sensibility
    • Emma
    • Persuasion
  • 8. Pride and Prejudice
    • The social milieu of Austen's Regency England was particularly stratified, and class divisions were rooted in family connections and wealth.
    • In her work, Austen is often critical of the assumptions and prejudices of upper-class England.
    • She distinguishes between internal merit (goodness of person) and external merit (rank and possessions).
    • Nevertheless, Austen was in many ways a realist, and the England she depicts is one in which social mobility is limited and class-consciousness is strong.
  • 9. Pride and Prejudice
    • Socially regimented ideas of appropriate behavior for each gender were extremely relevant into Austen's work as well: while social advancement for young men lay in the military, church, or law, the chief method of self-improvement for women was the acquisition of wealth.
    • Women could only accomplish this goal through successful marriage, which explains the importance of marriage as a goal and topic of conversation in Austen's writing.
    • Though young women of Austen's day had more freedom to choose their husbands than in the early eighteenth century, practical considerations continued to limit their options.
  • 10. Pride and Prejudice
    • THE PLOT:
    • The news that a wealthy young gentleman named Charles Bingley has rented the manor of Netherfield Park causes a great stir in the nearby village of Longbourn, especially in the Bennet household.
    • The Bennets have five unmarried daughters—from oldest to youngest, Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia—and Mrs. Bennet is desperate to see them all married. After Mr. Bennet pays a social visit to Mr. Bingley, the Bennets attend a ball at which Mr. Bingley is present.
    • He is attracted by Jane and spends much of the evening dancing with her. His close friend, Mr. Darcy, is less pleased with the evening and haughtily ( disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant ) refuses to dance with Elizabeth, which makes everyone view him as arrogant and obnoxious.
  • 11. Bibliography
    • http://www.jasa.net.au/inperspective/times.htm
    • http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/austen_jane.shtml
    • http://www.jasa.net.au/jabiog.htm#novels
    • http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/pride/context.html
    • http://dictionary.reference.com