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  1. In which ways is Elizabeth different from the rest of the Bennet family? What does the contrast reveal about her character?
  2. Overall, do you believe Austen has a conservative or radical approach to the issue of class? Why or why not?
  3. Explore Austen’s portrayal of the women in the novel. In what ways does she sympathize with their plight, and in what ways is she unsympathetic?
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1.In which ways is Elizabeth different from the rest of the Bennet family? What does the contrast reveal about her character?

Elizabeth is one of the only characters in Pride and Prejudice who changes significantly over the course of the story. She is seen to be an atypical female during those times. Wit, bravery, independence, and feminist views Elizabeth shares make her a totally different young woman than other women of her society. She is quick to make judgements. She worries that her sister Jane will get hurt by her trusting nature. Elizabeth is therefore a true individual who adapts to the world around her, and seeks constantly to better understand her desires so that she can find happiness.  Elizabeth is different from her other sisters. Actually by the word of “woman of 18th century” the image of a beautiful, shy, silly and headstrong woman comes to our mind. But Elizabeth is different from this common type as she is different from her other sisters.

Answered on 29.06.2017.
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2. Overall, do you believe Austen has a conservative or radical approach to the issue of class? Why or why not?

Austen was belonged to “alt-right”. so it was rather radical approach. The “alt-right” – a movement of internet-savvy, far-right nationalists in the United States – likes to provoke. Its members gather online, exchanging extremist views on blogging platforms and message boards, sharing racist memes and trolling their ideological opponents on social media.  “Conservatives and progressives have been fighting over how to read Austen’s fiction for a century and a half,” said Looser, who has been researching Austen’s connection to politics for her upcoming book, “The Making of Jane Austen.”  But there are some liberal features of this novel.  “Pride and Prejudice is a passionate novel which vindicates personal happiness as a liberal moral category”

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3. Explore Austen’s portrayal of the women in the novel. In what ways does she sympathize with their plight, and in what ways is she unsympathetic?

Austen’s attitude towards women is quite complicated. Austen was trying to encourage women to believe that their own opinions were valid. In addition, contrary to the common practice that women should marry for status and wealth, we see this idea being frowned upon. Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth’s friend, chose to marry for money rather than love and Austen portrays her as petty and weak. In contrast, Elizabeth chooses love and we see that she finds happiness without compromising her personality. Women could stay single, but only those who were very wealthy. Lady Catherine was not single, but she was alone. Her husband died leaving her with a daughter. Pride and Prejudice reflected the English society during Victorian ages. Money used to rule the world, in terms of shaping and labeling people into social classes. Appearances were really essential at the moment to establish different kinds of relationships.

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