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  1. Pride and Prejudice - Social class differences in the first half of Pride and Prejudice.

    My first impression of Darcy is that he is a very high up, aristocratic person. As the novel progresses we go on to find out that Darcy has a split personality, like two sides of a coin, the public man and the private man. When Darcy first meets Elizabeth he shows no like for her at all, maybe he feels he is too good for her. As we turn the pages of Pride & Prejudice Darcy starts to show feelings for Elizabeth, he starts to care for a person that is lower down in the class system than he is.

    • Word count: 1243
  2. The Individual and his/her relationshipwith society in The Mayor of Casterbridge

    While staying here he is reunited with his wife Susan, he talks to her in secret and decides with her that they should re-marry, they do this but a few years later Susan dies leaving Henchard a note that tells him that he is not Elizabeth Jane's father but the sailor is, however, Henchard does not discover this note until he has told Elizabeth Jane. Lucetta (a woman Henchard had an affair with while visiting Guernsey) then comes to the village in order to marry Henchard as he had promised her, however, Lucetta falls in love with Farfrae and decides

    • Word count: 1369
  3. Compare and Contrast the proposals of Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy

    Darcy 'Elizabeth's astonishment was beyond expression. She stared, coloured, doubted and was silent....' Elizabeth had always disliked Darcy since they first met as Elizabeth had heard Darcy say... 'She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me...'; it must have offended her as Darcy was talking about her. Elizabeth also thought Darcy was 'clever but continually giving offence'. Therefore she would not decide to marry Darcy, as she just did not like him. A difference, which is also to do with love, is that Mr.

    • Word count: 1019
  4. Chapters 1 to 24 tell us a lot about the importance of marriage in the early 19th century. Discuss.

    Bennett is extremely eager to get her daughters married off. When Mrs. Bennett found out that there was a young, rich single man moving into Netherfield she was delighted and really excited about the possibility of him wanting to marry one of her daughters. "A single man of large fortune, four or five thousand a year, what a fine thing for our girls " As soon as she heard the news she busied herself preparing her daughters to be presented to the new man. She was determined for him to marry one of her daughters, "I am thinking of his marrying one of them" On page seven it says "The business of

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  5. Satire in Pride and Prejudice

    While Mr. Bennet feels Elizabeth has a fairly decent chance at him, Mrs. Bennet is quick to oppose - " Lizzy is not a bit better that the others; and I am sure she is not half so handsome as Jane, nor half so good humored as Lydia." (Pg. 2) Lydia Bennet is the youngest of the Bennet children. The favoritism is portrayed numerous times throughout the novel, such as here where Mrs. Bennet comments on how she was once young and energetic like that of her daughter, Lydia.

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  6. Compare and contrast the proposals made to Elizabeth by Mr. Collins at Longbourn and Mr. Darcy at Hunsford.

    Elizabeth, fully aware of Collins' intentions of proposing, tries to prevent the situation from arising, " 'Mr. Collins must excuse me. -He can have nothing to say to me that anybody need not hear.' " She also, "tried to conceal by incessant employment the feelings which were divided between distress and diversion." This differs greatly from her reaction to when Darcy makes his rather sudden proposal, "Elizabeth's astonishment was beyond expression. She stared, coloured, doubted, and was silent." The main difference between Elizabeth's feelings towards the proposals made towards her is that she regards Collins' with a sense of amusement whereas Darcy's does not provoke any manner of positive feeling from her.

    • Word count: 1698
  7. How would you direct the key scenes to reflect Miller’s ideas in‘The Crucible’ ?

    In the play, one of the key points that Miller wanted to get across was the fact that no matter how respectable or well meaning someone is, hysteria can still damn them a victim. The accusation and trial of Rebecca Nurse, who is claimed by most of the people in the village to be the most godly and kind-hearted of them all. Most people feel that it is outrageous that she can be accused of dealing with the Devil. Also with Abigail Williams accusing Elizabeth Proctor of witchcraft, as Elizabeth is a respected member 'of the community'.

    • Word count: 1921
  8. An analysis of Homais in Madame Bovary

    Flaubert's contempt and ridicule for the bourgeoisie are embodied in the apothecary's uncaring and ambitious attitude. Homais's ambition is first traceable when he argues with the priest over the morality of going to the theater and reading literature such as Voltaire. In order to claim complete victory, the pharmacist jabs the clergyman about priests who go see dancing girls. After the priest leaves, he turns to Charles and tells him how he won the battle over the clergyman: "That's what I call a real argument!

    • Word count: 1575
  9. How does Jane Austen ensure that Lizzy and Darcy are the most attractive couple in the novel?

    Lizzy is strong-willed, witty, bright and intelligent. "Really, ma'am, I think it would be very hard upon younger sisters, that they should not have their share of society and amusement, because the elderly may not have the means or inclination to marry early. The last born has a good a right to the pleasures of youth as the first." This is from the conversation between Lizzy and Lady Catherine about Lydia's marriage, which shows how Lizzy is happy to speak her mind and show her point of view.

    • Word count: 1702
  10. Pride and Prejudice

    He was a clergyman at Hunsford near Rosings, Lady Catherine de Bourgh's home. When Mr Bennet dies, Mr Collins will inherit Longburn, as Mr Bennet cannot leave the house to his wife; women couldn't inherit. In Mr Collins' letter, he proposes to make peace with the family. Mr Darcy on the other hand was very good looking. 'He soon drew the attention of the room by his fine tall person, handsome features, noble mien...' He is also described as 'a fine figure of a man'. But he was soon to be discovered to be 'proud above his company'.

    • Word count: 1544
  11. Oral on Pride and Prejudice

    Women and men were sought after according to their wealth and eligibility. Women especially spent their whole lives preparing for marriage. At this period in time women had very little chance to be independent. There were very few professions open to them and therefore the ways in which a women could obtain money and status were generally limited to marriage or inheritance (which was also highly unlikely as the eldest son generally inherits the bulk of an estate, therefore a woman can only really be a "heiress" if she has no brothers).

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  12. Analyse Jane Austen’s presentation of love and marriage in her novel Pride and Prejudice. From your evidence suggest what Austen regards as a ‘good’ marriage

    Regency England, therefore, did not possess the freedom of our own twenty first century society regarding love and marriage. The book has a dazzling opening line: "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." Immediately, in the first sentence, Austen has made the reader think about marriage and money. She concentrates on aspects of love all the way through the novel. The novel is written to challenge people like Mrs Bennet and their views on "society" as a whole and is written from Elizabeth Bennet's point of view.

    • Word count: 1806
  13. Comparing and contrasting Mr Collins and Mr Darcy’s proposal.

    He doesn't get straight to the point about what he wants he starts talking about Lady Catherine de Bourghs foot stool and about how she had commented on how he must marry well without Mr Collins asking her to, Mr Collins probably thought that it was great honour for him to pick Lizzie and that he was sure that her wild ways will calm down when she met Lady Catherine. He makes out that he is being very charitable by choosing a Bennett daughter to marry, but he isn't as he comes to gloat when Lydia runs away with Mr Wickham and he says to the family that it would have been better if she had died.

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  14. Discuss the Satire of Pride and Prejudice.

    Using satire she showed the social snobbery between the classes. She showed how the wealthy upper class abused their rank and class and considered himself or herself higher than anyone else. They used people to gain social status in society, and for example, Mr. Collin's used to name drop to gain respect from others, when frequently it would backfire on him, and the people would either end up laughing at him or disliking him entirely. Quite often when a person was being rude to them, they would not notice, as it was subtle, this is satire.

    • Word count: 1916
  15. Why is it important that Mr. Bingley moves into Netherfield?

    During this historical period, it was critical that daughters were married as soon as they were of age. The role of women at the time was concentrated very much on that of home maker, infant carer, governess and submissive to men. With this in mind Mrs. Bennet urges Mr. Bennet to go and become acquainted with Mr. Bingley as soon as possible and to ?consider your daughters?. It comes as no surprise that Mrs. Bennet?s core imperative is to ?see one of? her ?daughters happily settled at Netherfield, and all the others equally well married.? Another underlying reason for the urgency of Mrs Bennet?s appeal to her husband is likely driven by the fact that Longbourn is entailed.

    • Word count: 1039
  16. Review of Jane Austens "Pride and Prejudice".

    Let?s look at the novel from a traditional storytelling point of view. The potential princes in this novel; Darcy was considered clever and cold, Mr Wickham was too hot, then there was Mr Collins, the one that could save the ?castle? who should be just right, but he was not warm but tepid and boring. The pattern is reshaped and slowly the princess? heart has been won, even if she doesn?t know it straight away. Then Austen needs to make the suitor eligible to win over the heroine; so she sends him on a quest to win Lizzie?s heart.

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  17. Compare the delivery of and response to offers of marriage in Pride and Prejudice

    Elizabeth then rejects Mr Collins in a very impolite way saying ?you could not make me happy, and I am convinced that I am the last woman in the world that would make you so.? Elizabeth is proving to be an independent and strong willed woman that Mary Wollstonecraft talks about in A Vindication of the rights of Woman when she tells us that women should aspire to ?independence, virtue, and dignity?. Jane Austen also rejected a proposal of marriage from Harris Bigg-Wither telling us it would have been a ?good but loveless marriage?.

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  18. Referring to the relationship between Mr and Mrs Bennet and between Mr Collins and Charlotte Lucas, what positive and negative aspects of marriage does Jane Austen present in the novel?

    for her.? Elizabeth?s use of the phrase ?prudential light? shows that it is the general opinion of the society, indicating that it was normal for women at that time to marry for financial security. It also shows that even though Mr Collins is stupid and snobbish, he is still considered a good catch in that society as he can provide a comfortable life. In fact, the rise in Charlotte?s social status also benefits her family, for example her sister Maria has the chance to meet Lady Catherine in chapter 28.

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  19. How is the character of Mr Darcy presented as sometimes proud and sometimes caring in different parts of the novel?

    The fact that he refuses to dance with Elizabeth with the comment ?She is tolerable, but not enough to tempt me? suggests that he is proud and thinks highly of himself as ?tempt? means to be allured to do something often regarded as wrong or unwise. This infers that he feels that by dancing with her, he will be doing something unwise, i.e. lowering himself as she is socially inferior to him. His pride is presented through his speech here.

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  20. Emma vs Clueless. Amy Heckerlings Clueless and Austens Emma both explore the themes of marriage, social class and feminism.

    Most females in Emma?s time did not marry for love but for socioeconomic reasons. Emma had the luxury of financial security and would not end up like Ms Bass or Miss Fairfax, in need of a man to live comfortably. Jane Austen writes; ?It is only poverty that makes celibacy contemptible to a generous public. A single woman of good fortune is always respectable?. She does not need a male for her place on the social hierarchy, meaning she didn?t have any of the social constraints and expectations to marry.

    • Word count: 1253

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