SparkNotes: Pride and Prejudice: Study QuestionsSign up for our newsletters! Pride and Prejudice is probably Austen's most famous, most beloved book. I'm sure you can think of numerous examples. This book has been described by scholars as a very conservative text. Did you find it so? What sort of position do you see it taking on the class system? It has also been described as Austen's most idealistic book.
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In which ways is Elizabeth different from the rest of the Bennet family? What does the contrast reveal about her character? Elizabeth is one of the only characters in Pride and Prejudice who changes significantly over the course of the story. Her distinctive quality is her extreme perceptiveness, which she uses to assess others at the beginning of the novel and understand her own flaws at the end. Most of the other Bennets are stuck in their ways - Jane is eternally optimistic, Lydia and Mrs. Bennet are frivolous, Mr. Bennet is sarcastic and cynical, and so on - but Elizabeth regularly reflects on the events in her life.
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What role do first impressions play in Pride and Prejudice? Pride and Prejudice is, first and foremost, a novel about surmounting obstacles and achieving romantic happiness. Both Elizabeth and Darcy are forced to come to grips with their own initial mistakes. He delivers the first at the mid-point of the novel, when he has realized his love for Elizabeth but has not yet escaped his prejudices against her family, and when she is still in the grip of her first, negative impression of him. The second proposal—in which Darcy humbly restates his love for her and Elizabeth, now with full knowledge of Mr.