Discuss the ways in which Jane Austen uses caricature to ridicule or point out the faults of a rigid class system portrayed in Pride and Prejudice. Extend your explanation of these characters’ personalities and goals to those of one or two of today’s politicians. Are there parallels between Mr. Darcy, for example, and members of the Congress or Legislature? Explain your answer.
Austen’s use of irony in her novel offers important insights to her attitude about life through the experiences of her characters. What does Austen have to say about women, class mobility, and marriage based in the experiences of Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice? What did Elizabeth Bennet experience and what lessons did she “learn”? Can any of those lessons be applied to the experiences of women today? Why or why not?
The rigid class system of Jane Austen’s world obligated women to marry if they wished to improve their status in life. Yet the experiences of women such as Mrs. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice showed that the marriage and the prospect of marriage had its downsides as well. Who or what is really to blame in Mrs. Bennet’s marriage? Remember to find and mention appropriate chapters from the novel.