Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pride and Prejudice essay

AP English/ English IV
Mr. Coon

Pride and Prejudice

Write an essay of approximately 600-750 words (2-3 typed, double-spaced pages), in which you discuss in as much detail as space permits the significance of the following passage to the work as a whole. In your discussion you may focus on an appropriate combination of the following elements:
  • How does the passage characterize its participants and demonstrate Austen’s methods of characterization?
  • What is the relationship of this scene to the “action” of the novel? Does it contribute to either the complication of the action or to its resolution?
  • How does it embody or advance themes important to the novel?
  • In what sense is the scene “comic”?
  • How does it most significantly illustrate Jane Austen’s style?

Essays are due Tuesday, February 15 both hard copy and electronically to (Pride and Prejudice 2011). Consult NO outside, internet, or spark sources in preparing this assignment, and do not discuss it with classmates. Here is the link to remind you of formatting requirements for papers in this class.


“Tell me once for all, are you engaged to him?”

Though Elizabeth would not, for the mere purpose of obliging Lady Catherine, have answered this question, she could not but say, after a moment’s deliberation, “I am not.”

Lady Catherine seemed pleased.

“And will you promise me, never to enter into such an engagement?”

“I will make no promise of the kind.”

“Miss Bennet, I am shocked and astonished. I expected to find a more reasonable young woman. But do not deceive yourself into a belief that I will ever recede. I shall not go away, till you have given me the assurance I require.”

“And I certainly never shall give it. I am not to be intimidated into anything so wholly unreasonable. Your ladyship wants Mr. Darcy to marry your daughter; but would my giving you the wished-for promise, make their marriage at all more probable?” . . . .

Her ladyship was highly incensed.

“You have no regard, then, for the honour and credit of my nephew! Unfeeling, selfish girl! Do you not consider that a connection with you must disgrace him in the eyes of everybody?”

“Lady Catherine, I have nothing further to say. You know my sentiments.”

“You are resolved then to have him?”

“I have said no such thing. I am only resolved to act in that manner which will, in my own opinion, constitute my happiness, without reference to you, or to any person so wholly unconnected with me.”

“It is well. You refuse, then, to oblige me. You refuse to obey the claims of duty, honor, and gratitude. You are determined to ruin him in the opinion of his friends, and make him the contempt of the world.”

“Neither duty, nor honour, not gratitude,” replied Elizabeth, “have any possible claim on me, in the present instance. . . .”

“I take no leave of you, Miss Bennet. I send no compliment to your mother. You deserve no such attention. I am most seriously displeased.”