Some questions to begin pondering as you read Pride and Prejudice : 1. This is our first novel, which means the first thing we’re reading that has a narrator who gives us character and setting descriptions, and leads us through the plot. How would you characterize the narrator of this novel? What kind of voice does he/she have? What values or attitudes seem to shape the narrator’s point of view? 2. Like Marriage of Figaro , Pride and Prejudice gives us a society highly stratified by class, in which democratic values are in tension with aristocratic privilege. To what extent does this novel present a critique of the aristocracy and a defense of democratic values? (This is a big question, and depends in part on your understanding the complex class distinctions in this society. The Bennetts are a mixed marriage: gentry and merchant classes; they are poor, at the very bottom of the gentry; and yet they can afford servants, a carriage, and a house. But their daughters risk becoming very poor if they
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