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- Pride and Prejudice is primarily a criticism of the pressure of marriage on young women. Do you agree?
- Even though Elizabeth resents her society’s expectations, Austen’s Pride and Prejudice ultimately upholds a conservative view of marriage and class. Do you agree?
- How does Austen critique society’s elitism in Pride and Prejudice?
- The characters’ fixation on the significance of marriage is ultimately detrimental. Do you agree?
- ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.’ To what extent does Austen critique patriarchal norms in her novel?
- Pride and Prejudice suggests that marriage is about security rather than love. Discuss.
- The tidy resolution of Pride and Prejudice undermines Austen’s criticism of her society’s obsession with class and privilege. Do you agree?
- Social class is shown to be an extremely limiting factor in the lives of the characters in Pride and Prejudice. Do you agree?
- Austen’s portrayal of Meryton is unfairly materialistic and fickle. Do you agree?
- Austen explores the complexities of women in greater depth than the complexities of men. Discuss.
- The pressure of maintaining and nurturing social class and reputation pervades every relationship in the novel. Discuss.
- ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.’ Austen’s Pride and Prejudice confirms this truth without irony. Do you agree?
- Meryton’s society is materialistic and fickle. Discuss.
- None of Austen’s characters in Pride and Prejudice escape the lure of pride. Discuss.
- Even though Austen’s characters are imperfect, they are able to transcend and redeem themselves from their weaknesses. Discuss.
- Austen’s Pride and Prejudice explores how the character faults of pride and prejudice are detrimental to not only the individual but to whole communities. Discuss.
- Pride and Prejudice demonstrates how these character faults undermine any authentic relationship. Do you agree?
- In Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, no character is truly humble. Do you agree?
- Pride in Pride and Prejudice blinds the characters in the novel to their true feelings and the true feelings of one another. Discuss.
- Austen’s portrayal of Elizabeth and Jane Bennet are radical in her focus on their personal happiness. Do you agree?
- Austen is simultaneously sympathetic to the plight of her women and critical of their weaknesses. Discuss.
- Discuss the significance of the relationships between the women in Pride and Prejudice.
- ‘My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject forever.’ To what extent does Darcy respect Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice?
- Overall, Austen is more critical of her women than her men in Pride and Prejudice. Do you agree?
- Elizabeth is a highly sympathetic character in Pride and Prejudice. To what extent do you agree?
Individual vs Society
- Austen’s Pride and Prejudice suggests that families are to be held accountable for their individual member’s decisions. Do you agree?
- Austen seems to suggest in Pride and Prejudice that the individual cannot escape the will of the community. Do you agree?
- Pride and Prejudice ultimately strikes a successful compromise between the happiness of the individual and the needs of the family. Discuss.
- Family is the most important thing to the characters in Pride and Prejudice. Do you agree?
- To what extent does Austen use satire to comment on the role of class in her society?
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