Pride and Prejudice Part 1: Crash Course Literature #411

In which a series about literature, which is wanting of an episode on Jane Austen, gets the first of two episodes. It’s Pride and Prejudice, everybody! John Green talks about Pride and Prejudice as a product of Regency England, gives you a short biographical look at author Jane Austen, and familiarizes you with the web of human connections this book spins.

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Comments

Natalie says:

i have been waiting for this for SO LONG oh my god this is my favorite book and I’m so glad you’re covering it!!

Ann Truong says:

hahaha! “Why did Lydia buy such an ugly bonnet?”

Selin Uyarlar says:

Wuthering Heights pls

SixPomegranateSeeds says:

I feel like this is the right place to comment on everything that is perfect about Pride and Prejudice. And so I shall.
– Elizabeth Bennet can snark like it’s nobody’s business, and it’s hilarious.
– Jane. Just, Jane. Everything about her screams sweetness. Lizzie’s comment about her seeing the world through rose-colored glasses stuck with me, and now when I draw her, she’s always wearing something light pink.
– Both of Mr. Darcy’s marriage proposals, the first because it emphasizes his pride, and the second because it’s both of them letting go of their prejudices. See what I did there?
– The title. It leaves you wondering: who’s who? And it turns out, they’re both both!
– Darcy and Georgiana’s relationship. It’s so sweet, and he’s an awesome older brother.
– Lizzie’s roast of Lady Catherine towards the end of the book. There’s nothing more satisfying, seriously.
– How Mr. And Mrs. Bennet’s marriage is both comical and foreboding at the same time.
– The character development. There’s so much of it, and it happens to even the most minor of characters, like Kitty.
– The witty narration overall.
– Lizzie being introspective.
– Darcy being introspective.
– Both of them fixing their mistakes.
– Jane and Bingley, and Lizzie and Darcy. When both of them finally do get together for real, I wanted to ring out the bells and fling out my arms and to sing out the news (catch that reference)! Jane and Bingley, you can tell they have that fairytale romance nailed down, and Lizzie and Darcy, we get put through so much heartbreak and tension, that when they finally tie the knot, nobody in their right mind is not screaming with delight! They are some of the cutest couples in history.
– Charlotte Lucas and how she was able to rig the system to see her less-than-stellar husband as little as possible.
– Catherine Bingley’s terrible attempts to get Darcy to give her the time of day.
– The magic of the English countryside. Really, the magic of Jane Austen’s English countryside. You get this feeling that it’s just so above everywhere else, and so peaceful, despite all the running off with dishonorable blokes going on within.
– The fact that Jane Austen wrote it.
– The 2005 film. Really, it’s a work of art.
– This book smacks you with its themes in the literal title, but you have to actually read it to understand. Not to mention you pick up on the follies of eighteenth century society and the importance of class and reputation, and also a woman’s position at that time, it’s wonderful.
– The ending, which addresses everyone’s ever after, basically saying that everyone learned to be a better person. The Bennet parents hearted how to parent, Kitty and Mary learned to be more acceptable members of society, Jane and Lizize got to live in big fancy houses with loves of their lives, the Gardiners are basically the parents they both wanted but never got, Georgiana now has an older sister, and even Lady Catherine swallows her pride and makes peace. Actually, the only people who don’t get a happy ending are Lydia and Wickham, who are stuck freeloading and in a loveless marriage, and the Bingley sisters, who everyone forgets about by the end of the book anyways.

Wow. This got really long. In my defense, it is my favorite book of all time, and like, the only classic I’ve read where nobody is actively dying. It’s got vibes of silly aristocratic squabbles, while also discussing a serious issue plaguing women for centuries, both warns of how a bad marriage situation is bad for everyone, but also showcases some of the sweetest love in history, and okay, I’m starting again. I should really stop, but I can’t. There’s just too much to love about this book. It’s on the lighter and softer side of novels, and is essentially a love story, but the deep themes combos with the satire perfectly, making it the best thing since sighing deeply.

ihartevil says:

I am slowly catching up in youtubeland without a computer it’s harder but getting somewhere

thx for this ha bisky vid I enjoyed it and getting my laptop on the 5th

Frank Upton says:

It wasn’t the case that, legally, land and money always had to go to the male heir.  For instance, in P&P, Lady Catherine de Burgh has inherited Rosings and it will pass to her daughter, Anne, some day.  Mr Bennet’s estate, however, has been ‘entailed’ at some point by its owner and, for 100 years or so, it will pass automatically to the male heir (unless everybody involved – i.e. Mr Collins, in this case –  agrees to break the entail).  This had its advantages.  If, for instance, Mr Bennet had been a spendthrift and had gone bankrupt, the estate would still have been safe, since he would be legally unable to sell it or pledge it as security for a loan.  This is relevant in Persuasion, where Mr Elliot will inherit Kellynch one day even if its present overspending owner, Sir Walter Elliot, ends up in a debtors’ prison.Also, only land and buildings could be entailed, not other forms of property.

Burcu Özcan Kayhan says:

This was really good, thank you.

Btw I love Lizzie Bennet Diaries :)))

The Overanalyzer says:

Poor John, he got a bad haircut.

SixPomegranateSeeds says:

My favorite book of all time! Thank you God!

The CRz says:

The Picture of Dorian Gray, pleaaase!

Alice .H says:

hey your videos are amazingg!!! they are really helping me in trying to pass my alevels D: is there any chance you could do a literature episode on Othello or wuthering heights?? it would be a life saver :) thanks all you guys again for being awesommeeee

Apathetical Emili says:

Hi! So I have a request, My favorite author is Alexander Dumas. I feel not a lot of people celebrate his work… but if you don’t know, he wrote the three musketeers, and the count of monte Cristo which is based of a legend but he adapted it so well… anyways no one will see this but, thanks for reading if you did.

rizwan hameed says:

Died in ur love

fluffyfour says:

I might describe Mary as ‘pious’ or ‘opinionated’, but brushing her off in one word as ‘horrible’ is not descriptive of the complexity of the character. Mary always tries hard. She tries to be a good woman, she tries to be accomplished, she tries to match the easy popularity and talent of her older sisters or the heady enjoyment of her younger ones, but somehow never manages it, however much effort she makes (e.g she is described as having technical mastery of the piano, but none of its artistry). Mary is a whole book waiting to be written yet, overlooked by the reader as well as her family, she gets brushed off as ‘horrible’. Shame on you. If you know this book well, you should have more insight into Mary.

Ian Meadows says:

I liked reading this book in class but the ending felt so severely rushed.

Silvia Adamcová says:

Is there a Charles Dickens video yet?

Cinder Rain says:

Wait, Mr. Bennet died? I thought he helped find Lydia when she went off with Wickam. Can someone point me to the page that says he died?

Kylie Shore says:

it took Jane Austen 16 years to write and publish pride and prejudice, it better be perfect lol

Jessica Louisse Nonato says:

OH MY GOSH!!! I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS FROM CRASH COURSE!!!! HOW DID I NOT NOTICE IT SOONER?!?!?!

eleanor shellstrop says:

We’re so lucky to have P&P, and Austen’s talent recognized! Thanks for this wonderful CCL vid

isam superironman says:

where was my open letter and the secret compartment T.T

stayhydrated says:

I have a final on this today thanks bro

Sinister Apple says:

and….. ZOMBIES

Lindsey Morgan says:

Can you do Mrs. Dalloway?!

Dongseong Hwang says:

Hope it’s tolerable… Lol

Imperfect Animal says:

DO A EPISODE ON WATCHMEN PLEASE!!!!!!

Jared Duarte says:

Brilliant Professor Green…absolutely brilliant! The last 5 minutes…very insightful. Thank you :)

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