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Discussion Questions for Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice is one of the most well-known works by Jane Austen . A classic piece of literature, the ever satiric Jane Austen brings us a love story that is both critical of 19th-century English society and reminds us not to take first impressions too seriously. 

Still very popular, Pride and Prejudice is a great story to discuss with friends and classmates. Here is a list of questions that can be used for conversation.

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Pride and Prejudice Discussion Questions – Silver Petticoat Book Club Guide

A list of downloadable discussion questions for "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen.

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It is the final week of April, so that means it is now time to discuss Pride and Prejudice ! To make it easy, we’ve posted downloadable discussion questions for your convenience.

You can use it for your personal use to discuss with us on Facebook , Instagram , or Goodreads . Or you can start your own local chapter of The Silver Petticoat Book Club and discuss it with your friends and/or family. (Read more details on this below.)

We hoped you enjoyed reading Pride and Prejudice with us and will join us for the next Silver Petticoat book club pick.

So, here are the Pride and Prejudice discussion questions.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (WARNING – SPOILERS!)

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"Pride and Prejudice" Discussion Questions

A list of discussion questions for "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. The questions were written by Amber and Autumn Topping from The Silver Petticoat Book Club.

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"Pride and Prejudice" Discussion Questions:

1. Did you enjoy “Pride and Prejudice?” Was this your first time reading it? Or have you read it before? If so, what was your experience rereading it? How did it compare to the time(s) you read it before? If you hadn’t read it before, was it what you expected? Or different? If you’re not used to reading classic novels from the 19th century, was it difficult for you to read or understand? Or did you adapt to the language quickly?

2. Why do you think “Pride and Prejudice” continues to be so popular? Do you recognize its influence on books, movies, and television today?

3. What was your favorite part of the book? Your least favorite?

4. Do you have any favorite quotes, chapters, or passages? Share! “Pride and Prejudice” is full of famous quotes for a reason. 😊

5. Initially, Jane Austen called this book “First Impressions.” Why do you think she later changed the title to “Pride and Prejudice?”

6. The first sentence of “Pride and Prejudice” is one of the most well-known in literature. Do you think it sets the tone for the entire novel? Did it hook you and make you want to read more? Why?

•Quote: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

7. What did you think of Mrs. Bennet? Do you see her as a heroine trying to secure good lives for her daughters in harsh times? Or did you read her as annoying, overdramatic, and shallow?

8. While “Pride and Prejudice” has one of the greatest love stories ever written, it’s also considered a social satire. How did Austen use satire and irony to tell the story?

9. What universal themes stood out to you in the novel?

10. What did you think of the first meeting between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth? How did you feel about what she overheard him say?

•QUOTE: “She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me.”

11. “Pride and Prejudice” is full of lively conversations with incredibly written dialogue. Did any conversations between characters stand out to you?

12. Why do you think Charlotte Lucas accepted Mr. Collins’ proposal? Would you have made the same choice or a different one?

13. How did you feel about Mr. Darcy’s first proposal?

14. When do you think Elizabeth’s feelings for Mr. Darcy began to change? When do you think she realized she was in love with him?

15. The character of Mr. Darcy has become the ideal romantic leading man in many ways. Why do you think the Darcy appeal endures? What is it about Mr. Darcy that makes readers fall in love with him?

16. Elizabeth Bennet is a sparkling, witty, and intelligent female character beloved for centuries. What is it about Elizabeth Bennet readers relate to or like?

17. Did you personally relate to any of the characters in the book? Which one is most like you and why?

18. What did you think of the characters in general? Did you have a favorite character? A least favorite? Did you like Elizabeth and Darcy? What about the secondary characters like Jane, Wickham, Bingley, Lady Catherine, etc.?

19. When Mr. Darcy helps find Wickham and Lydia and then gives him a yearly allowance to marry Lydia, for Elizabeth, of course, we call it a “grand gesture.” How did his “grand gesture” make you feel? Did you find his actions romantic?

•QUOTE: “Her heart did whisper that he had done it for her.”

20. How did you feel about the ending between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth? Did you think it was the fitting ending, or did you expect or want something else? How did you feel about Wickham and Lydia’s ending?

21. What was your favorite romantic moment in the book?

22. Would you recommend this book to others? Would you read more Jane Austen books?

23. Were you surprised by any plot points in the book?

24. Have you watched any of the numerous “Pride and Prejudice” adaptations? What is your favorite version, and why?

Want to start your own chapter of The Silver Petticoat Book Club?

You don’t just have to discuss the book club picks with us online. If you want The Silver Petticoat Book Club to be even more fun, gather and recruit your own extension of the club (crediting us, of course) and discuss each month’s pick with smaller gatherings with family and friends – whether in person or virtually!

You’ll be able to download the questions, add some of your own, and turn the book club into the “entertaining” and “social” experience it’s meant to be!

If you do start your own group, remember to use the hashtag #TheSilverPetticoatBookClub and share with us some pictures from your group. We would love to see how members of the book club are participating!

Book club gatherings can be simple (discussing with your family and close friends on ZOOM) or more complex – like meeting in person (once you feel safe) and having a Jane Austen-inspired tea party while discussing the book, for example.

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12 Pride & Prejudice Book Club Questions

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Pride & Prejudice  is Jane Austen’s most widely read work, commonly assigned in schools, and it has been retold countless times since its publication over 200 years ago. It’s never too late to pick up this classic book for fun or for book club, but if you’re not quite sure where to start, never fear! We’ve compiled a summary, some tips on how to start reading, and  Pride & Prejudice  book club questions to help you discuss the book!

About the book

Pride & Prejudice  tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet, a clever young lady living in the English countryside during the Georgian era whose family is poor but of good standing in society. When the nearby Netherfield Hall is let by a wealthy gentleman from London and he brings along his friend, Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth and Darcy clash almost immediately. But as Elizabeth’s sisters, friend, and acquaintances all struggle to find matrimony and happiness, Elizabeth must face the fact that first impressions can be deceiving, and perhaps finding happiness in marriage is not as simple as making an advantageous match.

How to read  Pride & Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice  may be intimidating to some readers, but while the style and voice are more formal than contemporary novels, it’s important to remember that this book is meant to be a humorous satire of marriage and society. Many of the characters aren’t meant to be taken too seriously, and they live in a society where marriage dictated the means within which people would live and their social standing first, and the couple’s happiness second–or last. Read slowly to appreciate the humor, and take breaks if you need to–fortunately for the modern reader, Jane Austen wrote in shorter, accessible chapters!

Pride & Prejudice  Book Club Questions

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a large fortune, must be in want of a wife.” That opening line might just be the most famous first line in all of English literature. What do you make of it? How does it set the tone of the rest of the novel?

What was your first impression of Darcy? Looking back, do you think that Elizabeth overreacted to her interpretation of Darcy’s rudeness, or do you think her first impression was valid? How are both characters guilty of pride and prejudice ?

Charlotte Lucas declares early in the book that, “Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.” Do you agree with her? Why or why not?

Discuss Charlotte’s reasoning for marrying Mr. Collins. Do you think she was being pragmatic, or acting in fear? Do you think Elizabeth’s critique of her choices were too harsh?

When do you think Darcy first became attracted to Elizabeth? Why do you think it took Elizabeth so long to sense it?

When Darcy first proposes, he insults Elizabeth’s family. Do you think his judgments are fair? Why or why not?

Do you think it’s realistic that Elizabeth’s feelings towards Darcy change considerably, even though she barely spends any time with him after turning down his proposal? Why or why not?

What do you think Darcy’s motivations are when he comes to the Bennet family’s rescue after Lydia runs away? Do you think that he is motivated purely by his love of Elizabeth, or does he feel obligated to help because he never revealed Wickham’s true nature?

Lady Catherine de Bourgh clearly believes that her money and title give her the power to tell others how to live their lives. Discuss how her involvement in other people’s lives backfires on her. What other forms of dramatic irony did you notice in the text?

The Bennet parents are clearly very unhappy in their own marriage–how do you think their relationship influences their daughters? How do you think their relationship influences their own styles of parenting? Do you think that either of them are good parents?

Consider the ending, and the resulting couples of the novel. Who is truly happy? Who is unhappy? Are there any couples who are content in life, but unhappy in marriage? What message (if any) do you think Jane Austen was trying to convey about marriage and happiness in life? Do you think that message rings true today?

Pride & Prejudice  has inspired so many adaptations and retellings over the years, from  North & South  by Elizabeth Gaskell to  The Lizzie Bennet Diarie s, a web series produced by Hank Green. What are some of your favorite works inspired by  Pride & Prejudice ? Why do you think the novel is so ripe for retelling and adaptation? What is it about the themes that endure 200+ years later?

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Pride and Prejudice Literature Guide

Pride and prejudice discussion questions, what is the symbolic significance of “the piano” in  pride and prejudice .

In the novel, the piano serves to highlight the personalities of the player and the listeners. For instance, when  Mary  plays the piano at the ball at people’s request, she does so not for pleasure, but to show off. She does not play very well, and ends up embarrassing  Elizabeth , who has to plead to  Mr. Bennet  to stop Mary from playing further.

When Elizabeth plays the piano, she plays for the pleasure and entertainment of others. She does not show off.  Lady Catherine , in her pride, fails to see Elizabeth’s flair for playing the piano; she criticizes Elizabeth and even tells her that she needs more practice.  Darcy , on the other hand, does not pay much heed to the technical aspects of her style; he appreciates what he sees as the intuitive grace and charm of Elizabeth’s style.

Describe Elizabeth’s character. How is she different from the rest of her family?

Most characters do not change or display much personal growth over the course of the novel. Elizabeth is one who does change, however. Her perceptive nature, wit, intelligence and sense of honor set her apart from the rest of her family. She is especially perceptive in the way she relates to people, as well as herself. She grows in maturity as she supports her family, especially when Lydia elopes with Wickham. Her character develops as she grows to understand Darcy better and see him for who he really is.

How does  Pride and Prejudice  serve as Austen’s commentary on class and social status?

Jane Austen  shows that  wealth, propriety, and social connections were all equally essential for upward social and class mobility . In other words, wealth alone could guarantee prestige. Even “upper class” was not a uniform category. It was heterogenous and deeply graded, and members of the class harbored prejudice against one another. Ranks and titles were equally important. Austen also sheds light on marriage as a tool for social ascension. Individuals of upper classes were expected to marry within their circle, whereas individuals from lower status tried to find more affluent spouses.

Discuss the structure of the novel  Pride and Prejudice .

Pride and Prejudice  follows a linear, chronological structure in the development of its plot. All the major conflicts are directly linked to the protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet; in other words, there is little digression in the novel. It is also mostly told from Elizabeth’s point of view. The main plot—Elizabeth’s quest for love and a suitor—intersects with the subplots, which in turn makes readers privy to the intricacies of other female characters’ love affairs.

How does dialogue help in character development in the novel?

The novel’s narrative voice is secondary to the characters’ dialogue. In contrast to the long, winding descriptions of the narrator’s voice, their dialogues are short and crisp. Nonetheless, coupled with the narrative voice, the dialogs allow readers to relate deeply with the characters. The dialogs also invite readers to focus on the characters’ feelings and emotions; They also resolve ambiguities in the novel. Additionally, the dialogs also enrich Austen’s depictions of interpersonal relationships in the novel. They reflect the ways in which characters change or grow.

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