Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: Social Judgement

Lesson rationale

By studying these resources, students will be able to more ably appreciate the complexity of Jane Austen’s craft in representing the different strata or classes of early 19th century society and to consider the judgements that were passed, rightly or wrongly, during these times.

Key questions in this lesson:

  • In what ways do the social judgements evidenced in Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice, seem similar or different from those you recognise today?
  • How clearly does Austen draw on her own experiences of social divisions to educate her readers?
  • What level of importance did Austen appear to give to the feedback she received about her work?