Themes in Pride and Prejudice Flashcards

What is the main theme in Pride and Prejudice?

The main theme is overcoming personal biases and pride. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy both journey towards self-awareness and overcoming their initial judgments of each other.

How does Jane Austen critique the institution of marriage in the novel?

Austen critiques marriage as a social construct used for financial security. Through characters like Elizabeth and Jane, she portrays the possibility of marrying for love rather than status or wealth.

How does Pride and Prejudice portray gender roles?

The novel highlights women’s limited rights and dependence on marriage for financial security. Elizabeth Bennet challenges these norms by rejecting marriage proposals that do not align with her values and by seeking genuine love.

What role does social class play in Pride and Prejudice?

Social class is depicted through the manners and etiquette of the upper class. Austen critiques the pride and prejudice of the wealthy, showing negative portrayals like Lady Catherine and positive portrayals like Mr Bingley.

How does Austen use humor in Pride and Prejudice?

Austen uses humor through characters’ contrasting personalities and dialogue, such as the comedic tension between Mr. and Mrs Bennet. Mr Bennet’s dry wit and Mrs Bennet’s dramatic anxieties provide humorous scenes.

What is significant about the novel’s opening line?

The opening line, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife,” sets the tone for the novel’s critical examination of societal expectations and pressures regarding marriage.

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