Analysis of Pride and Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice Questions

1. Identify the speaker: “The more I see of the world, the more I am dissatisfied with it; and everyday confirms my belief of the inconstancy of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of either merit or sense.” What does this person mean?

The speaker of this quote is Elizabeth. When she says this quote she means that the way people act toward each other has cause her to be somewhat upset. She feels that the way people are in the world is very tainted to have the wrong types of values. This directly relates to how she feels about her own family and those who are close to her. She sees how they are very fake within their personalities and that people don’t depend on what really matters, but on false importance.

2. Why does Mrs. Gardiner warn Elizabeth not to fall in love with Wickham?

Mrs. Gardiner warns Elizabeth not to fall in love with Mr. Wickham because he is not rich and because it would embarrass her father. She puts him down to the extent of calling him a sort of mercenary. She explains that he falls in love frequently and that he is not a very intelligent man.

3. What kind of woman is Catherine DeBourgh?

Catherine DeBourgh is a very snobby woman. She thinks only the greatest about herself. She is rich and noble causing her to feel like it is her right to push and boss people around. She makes it clear that she feels she is above and better than middle class people. For example, upon meeting Elizabeth at the dinner table, she leads the conversation and in a way interrogates Elizabeth to find out if, in her mind, she is good enough to be affiliated with her family.

4. Why does Darcy’s proposal make Elizabeth angry? What excuse does Darcy give for separating Jane and Bingley? What kind of a man does Darcy reveal about Wickham? What does Elizabeth realize about herself after reading Darcy’s letter?

Elizabeth is angered because Darcy’s proposal to her came in sequence with when she had discovered that the reason her sister Jane is now unhappy is because of him. Darcy caused her marriage to Bingley to fail and Elizabeth is dumbfounded. Elizabeth gets bombarded with this anger before she has a chance to hear Darcy’s side of the story, which actually does manage to change her feelings. Darcy explains his side of the story in a letter that he gives to Elizabeth a short time after her rejection to marriage with him. In the letter Darcy explains that he caused the failure of their marriage for Bingley’s good. He claims that he felt that Jane didn’t love Bingley enough and that it seemed she wanted him more for his money and he didn’t want his friend to have to deal with marrying into a poor family like that without his wife having real love for him. Also in the letter, Darcy tells that the reason Wickham has spoken negative about him is because Darcy didn’t provide superfluous aid to him after his father passed away and that Wickham tried to marry Darcy’s sister to share in his wealth. Elizabeth believes most of what his letter says and loses trust for Wickham. She even refuses to see him for a time.

5. Do Jane and Elizabeth want to publicize Wickham’s character? Why or why not?

Jane and Elizabeth decide not to publicize what they know about Wickham’s character. When Darcy shared the information about Wickham with Elizabeth it was evident that he had been keeping it secret for a few reasons and they felt that it wasn’t their right to publicize the information. One reason behind this would be the fact that Darcy’s sister is involved in it. But their final decision on not sharing the information is made on the assumption that many wouldn’t believe them and that Wickham will not be around much longer so it wouldn’t really matter.

6. Why does Elizabeth appeal to her father not to let Lydia go to Brighton? Why does Mr. Bennet allow Lydia to go to Brighton? What does Elizabeth find...
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