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'Pride and Prejudice' Questions for Study and Discussion

Jane Austen's Novel of Manners - Famous Classic

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Pride and Prejudice is one of the greatest works by Jane Austen. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
  • What is important about the title?

  • What are the conflicts in Pride and Prejudice? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) did you notice in this novel?

  • How does Jane Austen reveal character in Pride and Prejudice?

  • What are some themes in the story? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • What are some symbols in Pride and Prejudice? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • Is Elizabeth Bennet consistent in her actions? Is she a fully developed character? How? Why?

  • Do you find the characters likable? Are the characters persons you would want to meet?

  • Does the novel end the way you expected? How? Why?

  • What is the central/primary purpose of the novel? Is the purpose important or meaningful?

  • How does the novel relate to feminist literature?

  • How essential is the setting to the story? Could the story have taken place anywhere else?

  • What is the role of women in the text? How are mothers represented? What about single/independent women?

  • Would you recommend this novel to a friend?