The following is my essay question assigned today, please give me some ideas that I should include in my essay on Pride and Prejudice.In a well-developed essay with cited support from the text,...

The following is my essay question assigned today, please give me some ideas that I should include in my essay on Pride and Prejudice.

In a well-developed essay with cited support from the text, please compare and contrast Lizzy’s two marriage proposals and her reactions to them. What do we learn about Lizzy, Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy?

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Your thesis should be a one-sentence response to the prompt; so make sure that you address all aspects of your assignment within your thesis.  For example, your thesis could be similar to: Elizabeth Bennet, seemingly the independent, "unmarriageable" daughter, receives not one, but two marriage proposals which reveal not only her own characterization but also that of her two suitors.

In your body paragraphs, the most logical structure would be to discuss Mr. Collins' proposal to Lizzy in your first body paragraph and conclude that paragraph with an analysis of what Mr. Collins' words and demeanor say about him and what Lizzy's response imply about her.

The second body paragraph should address Mr. Darcy's first proposal to Lizzy and again conclude with an analysis of Mr. Darcy's characterization revealed through his proposal and Lizzy's personality which shows in her refusal.

A third body paragraph would be a good place to discuss the specific similarities and differences between the two proposals, and if you do not have to have a formal concluding paragraph, you might use this paragraph as your conclusion by making a general comment on how humans' reactions to one another demonstrate quite a bit about their character.

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