Study Help Essay Questions


1. Examine Austen's use of irony throughout the novel. Give examples of structural irony as well as irony within the narrator's descriptions and characters' dialogue.

2. Explore the developing relationship between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. How do they misunderstand each other, and when do they reach accord?

3. Why do you think Pride and Prejudice has such moving force for so many readers?

4. Darcy's behavior is very different at the end of the novel from what it is at the start. Do you think this change is credible within the story? Explain why or why not.

5. How do Elizabeth's forthrightness and independence represent an attack on the conservatism of characters like Lady Catherine De Bourgh?

6. The Meryton community is described as materialistic and fickle. How does town opinion affect the novel's progress?

7. Why is Elizabeth so anxious to distrust Mr. Darcy at the start of the novel, and to instead trust Mr. Wickham?

8. How do Elizabeth Bennet's ideas on marriage differ from her society's? Which characters in the novel share Elizabeth's views of marriage and which characters reflect society's perspective?

9. Show how Austen uses minor characters like Miss Bingley, Mr. Collins, and Lady Catherine De Bourgh to bring Elizabeth and Darcy together.

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