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Pride and Prejudice,i have to choose one of this question and analysis1.discuss the...

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starbucks9705 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 4, 2011 at 6:21 PM via web

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Pride and Prejudice

,i have to choose one of this question and analysis

1.discuss the importance of social class in novel ,especially as it impacts the relationship between Elizabeth & Darcy.

2.Though jane Austen satirizes snobs in her novels ,some critics have accused her of being a snob herself ,giving special consideration to Mrs Bennet & Mr Collins, argue & defandone side of issue .
3 It is a novel about a woman who feel they have to marry to be happy .Taking Charlotte Lucas as an example ,do you think the author is making a social criticism of her era 's view of marriage ?
4.giving special attention to wickham ,charlotte lucers & Eli ,compare & contrast male and female attitudes toward marriage in the novel
5.discuss the relationship between Mrs bonnet & her children ,esp Eli & Lydia ?
6.compare and contrast the Bingley -Darcy relationship with the Jane -Eli relation ship
7.compare and contrast the roles of lady Catherine de Bourgh & Mrs Bennet?

I also have to find lines that related to this issue in the text (all chapters ) and write them

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 4, 2011 at 10:55 PM (Answer #2)

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I think I would choose either the first or the fourth questions, as I think they are the most obvious and easy to write a cohesive paper around. Darcy in particular is obsessed with social status, if not class, and Elizabeth forms her opinions about people largely based on social class. These questions seem to deal with the bigger themes of the novel, more so, anyway than some of the others that would really only require you to discuss aspects of the plot.

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mikaelawithers | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 5, 2011 at 12:38 AM (Answer #3)

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While I think the first question certainly lends itself to close, in-text analysis (and it seems this is what you're being asked to do), the third and fourth closely-related questions about marriage would also offer excellent avenues of analysis. A consideration of the economics of the marriage market and Austen's vivid awareness of how the romantic marriage plot is often little more than a means of furthering one's money and status is rife in the novel. More importantly, the examples in the third question -- Charlotte Lucas and Whickam in particular -- offer a very different approach to the economics of marriage from a gendered-perspective, though both marry for money. You might consider how Whickham's greed and money interests are condemned by the novel, while Charlotte Lucas' pragmatism might be seen as necessary.

Considering marriage as a romantic verus economic institution would offer you a great amount of textual analysis, as these themes dominate the novel.

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starbucks9705 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 5, 2011 at 10:45 PM (Answer #4)

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Thanks for the tips my problem isn'T the question ! it 's difficult for me to analyze and find lines that related to issue ,beacuse i dont have much time !
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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 6, 2011 at 3:18 AM (Answer #5)

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Mrs. Bennet and Lady Catherine have a few characteristics in common: They are both controlling women, they take themselves and their lives way too seriously, they often enrage those around them, and they both live to perform the duties that they feel will benefit everyone who surrounds them.

Jane Austen mocks these characteristics by placing both women in situations where they would look awkward and annoying rather than strong and ambitious.For once, Mrs. Bennet's obsession to marry off her daughters "well" makes her say and do silly things such as speaking out loud about Mr. Bingley's income, and acting rowdy and coarse in attempts to call the attention on behalf of her daughters.

Lady Catherine is annoyance in the flesh: Talks over people,  over-uses words, and treats Mr. Collins, her fervent admirer, like her servant (she is his patroness). Furthermore, she directly insults those beneath her in social status and disrespects Elizabeth when the rumor of Darcy proposing to her comes to Lady Catherine's ears. Austen demonstrates how women of society,whether middle class or aristocrats, can be boisterous and display behaviors that are unbecoming. Interestingly, here we see who the real targets are: Women whose interest in society goes way beyond what it should (Mrs. Bennet) and women in society whose ego is bigger than what they can handle.  

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 6, 2011 at 6:51 AM (Answer #6)

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If you choose a topic like number three, you have a built-in focus on one character and it would easier to find your evidence -- you would only need to review the chapters that make reference to Charlotte and then relate that to understanding of the novel as a whole. You would need to review the early chapter when Elizabeth and Charlotte talk about the importance or lack thereof of love in marriage.  Then look at the chapter when the Bennet sisters hear that Charlotte has agreed to marry Collins, and finally review the chapters when Elizabeth goes to visit Charlotte and Collins in their home.  From these chapters, you can gain an understanding of one of the motives of marriage -- financial security.

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