2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

Darcy, Wickham, Bingley, Collins, Oh My! :Examining Males as Satirical Devices in Pride and Prejudice


Grace C. Fodor
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

Sarah Wooten quotes William Deresiewicz who states, “’to see Austen’s satire as a mark of distain is fundamentally to misunderstand it… For Austen, satire was the sincerest form of flattery’”.  This paper focuses on the male characters in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and how Austen is able to use them as satirical devises to comment, and playfully ridicule, the society Austen grew up in and was exposed to as a young woman. The exuberant flaws and developments of the men in her novel allow Austen to provide insightful social commentary on the different class and economic structures of her period through the use of a variety of different men in completely different occupations and positions.

 

Keywords: Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Men, Satire

Topic(s):English
Economics

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 404-3
Location: MG 2001
Time: 3:00

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