Jane Austen; Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice is a novel that many Austen fans read and reread, and the story has been filmed many times. What is it that makes this story so compelling? Who was the woman behind the books? What was Jane Austen’s life like? The biography below should give you some answers to these questions.

Jane Austen biography  (21st Century Education)


Pride and Prejudice (2005) trailer

The novel Pride and Prejudice is  now in public domain and available free in digital format.

1415502558_stock_book_greenAusten, Jane. Pride and Prejudice 1415668812_flag_united_kingdom (made available by the university of Adelaide)

Or if you would rather read a copy from 1894 with illustrations by Hugh Thomson choose this link https://archive.org/details/prideprejudice00aust (There seems to be problems with the embedded files at the moment.)

If you would like to listen to the text…

https://archive.org/details/pride_prejudice_krs_librivox

There are more titles by Jane Austen to be found under Books in English.


Topics to discuss:

After reading the book or watching the film Pride and Prejudice give some thoughts the aspects of:

Themes
Characters
Features typical of its time

Questions:

Jane Austen’s original title for the novel was First Impressions. What role do first impressions play in Pride and Prejudice?

How are Darcy and Elizabeth guilty of both pride and prejudice?

Is Mr. Bennet a positive or negative figure?

Discuss the importance of social class in the story, especially for the relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy.

Compare and contrast male and female attitudes toward marriage in the story.  Focus on the characters Wickham, Charlotte Lucas, and Elizabeth,

Pride and Prejudice is a novel that many Austen fans read and reread. What keeps people returning to the story when you know how it ends?

The works of Jane Austen have been the inspiration of many contemporary books and films. What themes in the story are still interesting today?

(The questions above have been adapted from Sparknotes and The Chicago Public Library)

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