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Pride and Prejudice
by Austen, Jane
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1. This book opens with the famous first line "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." Are there characters in the novel that think this is true? Are there characters who don't? Does Jane Austen believe this statement?
2. "Pride and Prejudice" can be considered a comic novel. Which characters add humor to the book?
3. An earlier version of "Pride and Prejudice" was called "First Impressions." Do the first impressions Elizabeth and Darcy have of one another turn out to be true? Are other first impressions of certain characters accurate?
4. What are Charlotte's reasons for marrying Mr. Collins? How does Elizabeth Bennett feel about her decision? Do you think Charlotte made the right choice?
5. How does Elizabeth's relationship with Darcy compare with Jane's relationship with Mr. Bingley?
6. Which characters in the novel are driven by pride? Which by prejudice? Does Jane Austen consider these traits to be character flaws?
7. "Pride and Prejudice" has been adapted for the stage and made into several movies. Have you seen any of these adaptations? How did they compare to Austen's original story?
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