Describe the narrative technique employed by Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice.

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In this novel, the author takes on the "persona" of the narrator, Elizabeth Bennet. In this way, the narrative technique combines first person narrative with omniscient narrator - but omniscient narrator only for the other characters, not Elizabeth herself. One of the great ironies of this novel is that the discerning Elizabeth cannot get the plank out of her own eye and realize her own "prejudices." This is why she totally misreads Darcy and is too quick to presume that there is nothing deeper behind his facade of pride.

The witty and clever way in which this novel is narrated is one of its very strong points. You can read a good analysis of the novel here on eNotes at the link below.

 

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