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Pride and Prejudice is an English novel written by Jane Austen at the end of the 18th century and published anonymously. Entitled First Impressions at the origin, Pride and Prejudice takes place within the English aristocracy at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries. It tells the story of a feminine character, Elisabeth, who struggles to free herself from the social codes and prejudices of her time to find love. Public and private are two major focal points that give a structure to the novel. The novel's themes can be interpreted through the public and the private spheres, each contradicting or complementing the other.
The conjunction of coordination “and” between the two terms says something different than what has been said previously however. There should not be a break between public and private, but coordination and cohesion. In Pride and Prejudice, the private sphere cannot exist without a public world from which the characters withdraw. In the private sphere characters discuss upon what happened within the social world. Whether it is in her own mind, alone, or with her confidantes, Elisabeth mulls a lot over public events, such as Bingley's and Darcy's behaviour, in order to decipher the truth behind the social codes. Some gestures, looks or words may have a more private meaning than what they actually suggest in society. They have to be deciphered because they unveil emotions that can only be revealed in privacy. The other way round, what happened in the private sphere may influence events in the public sphere, such as Elisabeth and Darcy's marriage which has been made possible thanks to their withdrawal from social pressure (...)
I) Public and private at the time of Jane Austen: what they meant
II) From public to private: the general evolution of the novel
III) Public and private should coexist / their opposition is necessary for both terms to exist
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