Answer TWO of the following as a comment below:
1. Is Pride and Prejudice ultimately a novel that favors “sense” (the eighteenth-century notion of one’s intellectual powers and reason) or “sensibility” (the late eighteenth/early nineteenth notion of emotion and artistic power)? Does Elizabeth learn to cultivate a more informed sensibility, or is she taught to cast sensibility aside for sense? If you’ve seen or read Austen's Sense and Sensibility, does she make the same choice Marianne makes at the end of the novel/film? Is Darcy another version of Colonel Brandon?
2. Discuss the famous scene between Elizabeth and Lady Catherine: how might this reflect some of Mozart’s values and struggles with the Archbishop (and others)? Why does Lady Catherine think she’s being quite reasonable in her request, and why is this absolutely offensive to Elizabeth? On the same hand, what makes this scene so satisfying to the reader, who is undoubtedly on Elizabeth’s side?
3. Some readers and critics feel that, although Darcy and Elizabeth are an ideal match, is it Elizabeth who is forced to change the most. Indeed, some people suggest that Elizabeth becomes “tamed” in the novel (kind of like Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew), and loses her unique voice and personality to become Darcy’s wife. What do you think about this? Do you think she is silenced at the end of the novel, and made to conform to traditional values of a ‘good’ daughter and wife? Or does she remain who she is, just a more sensible version of herself?
4. For many readers in the twentieth century, Pride and Prejudice is a novel about class. Clearly, Darcy distinguishes himself early in the novel by differences in class (which is the main reason he waits so long to propose to Elizabeth); the Bingleys are social upstarts by means of their father’s fortune; and Elizabeth is forever ashamed of her family’s vulgar manners and connections. Based on your reading of the book, what are Austen’s views on class? Does the novel preserve class distinctions through Elizabeth’s actions…or does she radically contest these very notions? In other words, how conservative was Austen in writing a comedic/romantic book about class?