Pride and Prejudice

By: Jane Austen

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Final Projects Independant Novel

Rebecca Beech:

1st Artifact
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This portrait of Mr. Darcy might have been hung in his home at Pemberly. When Elizabeth Bennett and her aunt and uncle go for a visit to tour Darcy's home, she walks through a room with portraits of himself and and Mr. Wickham, along with others, hanging from the wall, and the housekeeper speaks with Elizabeth about how very handsome her master is.

2nd Artifact

Dear Diary,
I am so overjoyed that I can hardly contain my excitement. To-morrow, I shall be off and leaving from Meryton. Dear Wickham and I are headed towards London. We are so very much in love, and sometime, I would expect, he shall ask me for my hand, to which I will most gladly say yes! Oh, the fun of it. Wouldn’t that be a sight to behold; I, the youngest daughter of the family, married first! Then, I suppose, we would have to try to find someone for Jane and Elizabeth. Goodness knows that if we wait for too much longer, Jane shall live out her life as a spinster, and wouldn’t that put a dreadful taint on our family name?
Oh! I shall likely be the talk of the town and the envy of all of my friends, for I am soon to be married to an officer. Mama should be sending my clothes for the wedding; I have asked it of Elizabeth to mention the matter to Mama. Pray she does not wait too long…

This is a diary entry written by Lydia Bennett near the end of the last day that she spent in Meryton before she eloped with Mr. Wickham come morning. I decided to create this artifact in order to showcase how naive and self centered the youngest Bennett daughter really is. She had no idea how much trouble she was getting herself into by running away and marrying Mr. Wickham. She was young and in love with the idea of being in love. She didn't understand how wrong Wickham was for her. She also didn't even think about the repercussions of her actions and the effects that her choices would have on her family. Once she was married off, everyone in the town looked down upon her and the rest of the Bennett family.

3rd Artifact

Lydia, my sister,
There are no such words available that can be used to express my joy at my engagement to Mr. Darcy. I love him very much, and I am quite sure that we will be just as happy, if not more so, than you and Wickham, dear sister. Mother cannot stop mentioning the yearly income, for she is at times, speechless. I think of you often and hope and pray for your constant health. Sister, I look forward to your next visit to Pemberly and I pray for your save travels.
No, I will do no such thing to go as far as to bother Mr. Darcy with subjects such as those that you write to me concerning, nor will I ever be convinced to speak of anything related to it. However, I do wish you and brother Wickham both the best of luck in finding and settling somewhere that you shall both be satisfied.
Yours truly,

This artifact is a letter written by Elizabeth Bennett to her youngest sister, Lydia Bennett. After receiving a letter from Lydia about wanting to ask Mr.Darcy about an amount of land to be given, Elizabeth found it quite easy to deny Lydia of what she asked for, however, she tried to be cordial at the same time. Elizabeth was very disappointed in her sibling and her previous actions concerning Mr. Wickham.

Carly Colborn

Artifact 1:

Dear Diary,

Mr. Darcy’s stupidity is staring to affect my everyday thinking. I have found myself contemplating everything he has said to me and to make matters worse I can’t find the reason for my conviction. The way he teases me and smirks when I retort give me chills and releases the butterflies in my stomach but this cannot mean that I have feeling for this soulless being! I will never allow myself to become so involved with the most stupid of creatures. Damn him and all his being!

Artifact 2:
My Dearest Bingley,

I have been in agony with the time we have been in apart I can’t fathom another day without your arms around me. I have can a sure you that I have tried to make things right with Elizabeth as you asked me to do in my last latter but I am sorry that I have failed. Elizabeth and Darcy’s decorum have become tiresome and useless to make them see otherwise. I know I have not asked you to get into this quarrel but I would like you to speak with Darcy, you have great influence on him and I pray that things will get better. Lizzie is still angry and I’m calming her down sure enough but she is very stubborn. I do miss you and I feel horribly about all of this going on.

With Deep and Everlasting Love,


Artifact 3:

Marriage was very important to women back then.
The ring represents the importance and the main
focus and pressure of this selfish act. Personality was out of the
running when money and a good name were also contenders in
the “love game”. Jane Austen never married even though had fallen
in love with their neighbors son Tom Leffory. The Family
split them apart due to unknown reasons.

Victoria Brown

Artifact 1

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This picture is a great representation of Jane’s personality. She is a bright and sweet girl. She always looks for the good in people and is generally a happy person. I think that she would have this painting in her home if she had the choice. She would be delighted with the bright colors and the image of the house. Since she was brought up in an environment where her mother was very interested in having her daughters marry, I believe she would instinctively envision herself in a cozy home, similar to this one, married to a wonderful husband who loved her and was hopefully wealthy and agreeable. Jane is a beautiful, happy-go-lucky, young woman and the first line of the book could be turned around to represent a woman like her. For example, it says, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” This is possibly a true statement, though not true for all, and throughout the novel you begin to see that quite the opposite is true as well. Jane is the perfect of the quote in its reverse. A single women who is not in possession of a fortune in want of a husband.

Artifact 2:



An amber crape dress over white sarsnet, trimmed with pearls or white beads, with a demi- train; a light short jacket, rather scanty, with two separate fancy folds, depending [sic] about three quarters down the front of the skirt, forming in appearance a kind of Sicilian tunic, and trimmed down each division, like the bottom of the dress, with a single row of pearls: short sleeves, not very high above the elbow, fitting close to the arm, and ornamented at the top with distinct points of satin, the same colour as the dress, relieved by pearls; two rows of the same costly material or of beads, according as the robe is ornamented, form a girdle. [...] The hair dressed in the antique Roman style, with tresses brought together and confined at the back of the head, terminating either in ringlets or in two light knots; a braid of plaited hair drawn over a demi-turban formed of plain amber satin, with an elegantly embroidered stripe of white satin,separated by rows of pearl, and a superb sprig of pearls in front.

I believe that Elizabeth would be offended by this women’s magazine. She is a very intelligent woman and would be outraged that women didn’t have anything intellectually substantial circulated that they could read. Elizabeth would take this fashion magazine as an insult to her intelligence. Not all women like fashion, and to have it as their only option is ridiculous. She would think that men, feeling superior, would prefer to have something substantial to read, for example, politics, or news. She is very outspoken and will be completely honest with you. She is not afraid to speak her mind and tell you what she thinks of you, She will stand up for herself and her family which would leave me to believe that she would stand up for women when it comes to their intelligence as a whole.

Artifact 3:

Changing Social Classes
At this time, in England, there were many changes going on that were social, political and economic. There was a war raging with Napoleon and this affected politics and trading, which eventually ended up changing the social classes as well. Upper class society began to become more pronounced while poverty began to grow more and more extreme. This is probably what gave Jane Austen some inspiration while writing her novel. These drastic changes in social classes created tension among the members of society. You were supposed to associate yourself with the others in your class and shouldn’t expose yourself to anyone less fortunate than yourself. This is apparent many times in the novel, for example, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth and Ms. Bingley, and the whole Bennet family and Mr. Darcy, Ms. Darcy and Ms. Bingley. The tension you see between these people was probably because of the tension Jane Austen saw everyday and the novel was her saying that love should come before money.


Adrien Green:

Artifact 1
This is a Magazine Cover that represents ideas and issues of the time. The main story of the magazine is a loveless marriage. People in the time that Pride and Prejudice was written usually married for reasons other than love. They married for money, inheritence of property, and a social class position. For example, in the novel, Lydia and Mr. Wickham eloped and got married so that Wickham could get more money and a higher position in society. Marrying for reasons other than love was common during that time because love was not as prominently important back then as it is in modern times. Parents also usually had to approve of the marriage, so they would pick the most elegable husband for their daughter, not the person who their daughter loved the most. Some of the minor stories in the magazine are ettiquite, parenting, money, and home sweet home. Ettiquite was highly valued because it was how people established their reputations. If you did not have a good reputation, no one would want to have anything to do with you. Good parenting was also important because if a child misbehaved, then it was reflected bad on the parents, which would ruin the parents' reputaion. Money was important and highly wanted and it was important that the right person inherit their fortunes. A home sweet home atmosphere in peoples houses was very popular.

Artifact 2
This is a pamphlet of London, England. London is a place that Elizabeth (a charecter from Pride and Prejudice) would have visited. London was not too far from Elizabeth's house, and London was one of the largest cites in England. London is also the capitol of England. Elizabeth visiting London would be like someone from Maryland visiting Washington D.C. because of it's close proximity. The pamphlet shows the weather, entertainment options, food choices, attractions, and local customs. The pamphlet is imformative and it would help Elizabeth get the most out of her trip.

Artifact 3
This is a map of a trip that Elizabeth (a charecter from the novel) might have taken. This is an approptiate trip for Elizabeth because of it's location. The locations mentioned in the book were actually imaginary, but the locations on the map are in the appromimate location that they would have been in. These locations in Derbyshire are close to where Elizabeth lived. The trip is long enough to be considered a "trip" because people in Elizabeth's time usually did not take long trips unless it was absolutly necessary because it took so long to get from place to place. People did not have cars, instead they has horses, horse-drawn carriages, and their own two feet.


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