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Please chose one of the following topics:
1. What is the primary cause of Elizabeth’s prejudice, and how does she overcome that cause and her prejudice by the end of the story?
Analyze the main cause of Elizabeth’s prejudice, proving it by at least three examples and showing how it undermines her ability to make good judgments. Then discuss the way in which Elizabeth conquers her prejudice. You may use the following thesis statement if you choose: The primary cause of Elizabeth’s prejudice is her own pride in her powers of judgment [or another cause which you may want to prove], which she learns to temper with humility and caution, thereby overcoming her prejudice against Darcy and the temptation to similar prejudices in the future.
2. How does Austen show the reader that virtue is necessary for happiness in marriage?
Based on the novel alone, evaluate the relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and compare it with the relationship that Elizabeth and Darcy have formed by the end of the novel (which predicts happy marriage in their future). Discuss the lack of virtue in the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. What virtues, such as respect, charity, humility, and understanding, do they lack? Note a similar pattern in the beginning of Elizabeth and Darcy’s relationship, but consider how each of them works to gain virtue and overcome faults. What virtues have Darcy and Elizabeth gained and how? How does this predict their future marital happiness? You may use the following thesis statement if you choose: Jane Austen uses her characters Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, Elizabeth, and Mr. Darcy to show that virtue is essential in the happiness of a marriage, and that without it, a relationship will break down.
3. How does Austen show that pride is a nemesis of intelligent people and a stumbling-block to their happiness?
Identify the difference between dignity and improper pride as discussed by Elizabeth and Darcy at various points in the novel. Analyze the way in which pride causes both Elizabeth and Darcy to make bad decisions, despite their generally intelligent and virtuous behavior. Consider how these decisions lead to enormous amounts of unhappiness not only for themselves, but also for their family members and friends. Discuss the way in which Elizabeth and Darcy each overcome their own pride, and how their newfound humility restores order and happiness in their lives and the lives of those around them. You may use the following thesis statement if you choose: Through her characters Elizabeth and Darcy, Jane Austen makes a study of pride, in which she shows how pride causes the most intelligent people to err, and consequently, how it causes misery and suffering which can be undone only by a restoration of proper humility.