Reading group questions

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Reading Group Questions

1. Would you have enjoyed Pride and Prejudice as much if Jane were its heroine? 2. Does Mr Darcy’s character change throughout the novel, or does Elizabeth’s – and the reader’s – perception of him change? Or both? Discuss how Jane Austen handles both 3. Jane Austen wrote in a letter of March 1816 that ‘pictures of perfection make me sick and wicked’. Can you apply this to Pride and Prejudice? 4. Jane Austen’s original title for the novel was First Impressions. How significant are first 5. If ‘Pride’ is an opinion of the self and ‘Prejudice’ an opinion of others, how do the thoughts and actions of Lizzy Bennett, Jane Bennett, Mr Darcy, Mr Wickham and Mr 6. Is Mr Collins a harmless source of ridicule, or could he be conceived in a more sinister 7. In Pride and Prejudice the fortunate – in terms of wealth, beauty and intelligence – are revered and rewarded whereas the unprivileged are ridiculed. Consider this in reference 8. Do you feel sympathy for Caroline Bingley, or does Jane Austen only include her to be 9. Mr Bennett is consistently displayed as being sensible, apart from in his choice of a wife. Is this accurate? Is he a good father? Discuss. 10. Is Elizabeth ever cruel in her treatment of Darcy? If so, what techniques does she Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
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About the Book
'I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.' Romance, misunderstandings, finding Mr Right and finding out who's Mr Wrong - Pride and Prejudice is as relevant today as it has ever been. It's the enchanting and enduring story of Lizzy Bennett (one of literature's most engaging heroines), proud Mr Darcy, of true love, families, villains and heroes and of course, pride
About the Author
Jane Austen was born in 1775, in Steventon, Hampshire, where her father was rector. When
she was 25 the family moved to Bath till her father’s death in 1805, then to Chawton in Hampshire where Jane lived with her mother and sister. She wrote six novels. Sense and Sensibility was first in 1811, then Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Northanger Abbey and Persusaion were both published posthumously, in 1817. Jane Austen died in 1817. Well-received during her lifetime, since her death she has become known as not just one of the greatest writers of English fiction, but one of the most beloved. For more information go to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


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