Book Club-Pride & Prejudice

October 1, 2017

 

Welcome to Our Book Club Guide for Pride & Prejudice. Our Book Club Guide will help you explore the text in it's historical context of rural Regency England & in it's wider historical background. We shall also explore the novel's continual appeal & relevance to us, the 21st century reader.

Included Topics

  • Marriage

  • The Romantic novel

  • Love

  • Reputation

  • Class

  • Rights of women

  • Personal transformation

  • Process of seduction

  • Art & music

  • Fashion

  • Food & drink

  • Politics

Most importantly, we shall help you explore the text in a very personal, enjoyable & informed way. 

Chapter One

In which we 

  • are introduced to the main theme of the novel Marriage

  • meet Mr. & Mrs. Bennet

  • & hear some important news!

The Main Theme of the Novel - Marriage

 

The narrator informs us immediately that:

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

Discuss

  • What were the reasons for marriage in Regency England?

  • Do these reasons still apply today? 

  • Keep notes of your discussion for future reference

The importance of marriage.

The pursuit of finding & securing a socially advantageous marriage is of utmost importance in "Pride & Prejudice" as it was in Austen's contemporary 19th Century Regency England. The options for the women in the novel are severely limited as they were in historical regency England. The narrator tells us:

"that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

Discuss

  • Do you think this is true?

  • Is it really the wealthy man who "must be in want" of a good marriage?

Maybe, it is the women who are "in want" or absolute need of a husband, not vice versa. The social & economic situation of a lower class gentry woman, depended almost entirely on marrying " a single man of good fortune". The "man of good fortune" only needed to marry to gain a legitimate heir. The opening lines of the novel can be seen as a mirror image, an upside down version of Regency reality. 

Discuss

  • What do you think about this quote?

  • Your personal thoughts, feelings & opinions are important.

  • Make notes for future reference.

Mr. & Mrs. Bennet
Meet our first Regency married couple -  Mr. & Mrs. Bennet. 

  • Read aloud the dialogue between them.

  • Do it a few times.

  • Have some fun!!! 

Which words best describe Mr Bennet ?

 

  • Sarcastic

  • Playful

  • Dismissive

  • Uncaring

  • Bored

  • Tired

  • Teasing

  • Funny

  • Unkind

     

     

     

Which words best describe Mrs. Bennet ?

 

  • Frustrated

  • Whinny

  • Hysterical

  • Shallow

  • Snobbish

  • Ridiculous

  • Worried

  • Gossipy

  • Foolish

     

     

     

Discuss

What do you think about the dynamics of Mr & Mrs Bennet's  marriage?

Thanks for joining us.

Have a fabulous week. See you next time!

Brigid

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