RE: Discussion questions – Pride and Prejudice: Giving special attention to Wickham, Charlotte Lucas
- Giving special attention to Wickham, Charlotte Lucas, and Elizabeth, compare and contrast male and female attitudes toward marriage in the novel.
- Discuss the relationship between Mrs. Bennet and her children, especially Elizabeth and Lydia.
- Compare and contrast the Bingley-Darcy relationship with the Jane-Elizabeth relationship.
- Compare and contrast the roles of Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Mrs. Bennet.
3. Compare and contrast the Bingley-Darcy relationship with the Jane-Elizabeth relationship.
Bingley and Jane are secondary while Darcy and Elizabeth are primary. The interesting paradox (seeming contradiction between truth and what is) is that the two secondary individuals teach the two primary ones lessons and are proven correct in situations where the primaries are proven incorrect. Bingley-Darcy relationship is more of a respect. I get the feeling that the shy, amiable Bingley is a little awed, if not scared sometimes, of Darcy, who is much more proud and haughty. I think this difference in personality balances the friendship. The Elizabeth-Jane relationship is more intimate because they’re sisters and they’re really close. They turn to each other for advice and confide in one another. Even though their personalities are also different, I think Jane and Elizabeth look to each other as equals, unlike the Bingley-Darcy relationship where I think Darcy holds more respect.