English AP Prie and Prejudice summer work

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Megan Garbarini September 3, 2008 Pride and Prejudice—10 Key Scenes Period 8 AP English Mr. McCarthy 1) Mr. Bingley moves in Netherfield Park, which arouses much talk within the neighborhood because he is in want of a wife. Mr. Bingley has a big fortune which in turn causes the Bennet’s and other families in the neighborhood to want their daughters to become potential prospects of marriage to Mr. Bingley; for a woman to marry as well as possible is just one of the many expectations of woman in nineteenth century England. This scene proves to be very important in regards to the novel as a whole, merely because it sets the scene for the rest of novel and plot that is soon to come. As the novel opens the plot immediately develops with this scene because it becomes clear that a woman must attract a valuable husband, and it represents the fact of how concerned people were about marrying their daughters’ off to valuable husbands. This scene also symbolizes that women in nineteenth century England did not marry for love or affection, but rather for wealth, convenience, and social position, for that was what mattered most in society. (Austen; 5-7) 2) When it is heard that Mr. Bingley has moved into the neighborhood Mrs. Bennet immediately tells Mr. Bennet about Mr. Bingley and that he must go to Mr. Bingley’s residence in order to introduce himself and then invite him over to the Bennet residence. Mr. Bennet tells Mrs. Bennet that he will not go, however, he secretly knows that he will definitely pay him a visit. From this, one is able to see through Mrs. Bennet how concerned she is about her daughters. Can one truly blame Mrs. Bennet for becoming overwhelmed at the prospect of never knowing Mr. Bingley? At missing the opportunity to secure both she and her daughters’ safety after Mr. Bennet’s death? (Austen; 8-10) 3) Early in the novel, Darcy becomes attracted to Elizabeth. However, Elizabeth refuses to dance with Darcy and does not like him. Darcy tells Bingleys sister how much he truly admires Elizabeth. At this point it becomes clear that Elizabeth is quite a unique character, for Elizabeth disregards social status unlike most of the other characters in the novel. Elizabeth has her own thoughts and does not let anyone else effect what she wants
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