This is a transcribed, classroom tested, lecture on Pride and Prejudice from an award winning high school Englishteacher.
It includes questions asked to a class of twelfth grade students, and was used in a unit that took 7-10 days of class (including other student activities, including textual analysis, that is not included).
Specifically it covers:
1. What Pride and Prejudice has in common with shows like the OC and 90210.
2. Mark Twain's opinion of Jane Austen
3. Information about marriage and women during Austen's time
4. What Mrs. Bennet has in common with beauty pageant moms, Ron Artest, and Shrek
5. What Pride and Prejudice has in common with Beowulf or the King Arthur myths
6. Why the opening sentence to Pride and Prejudice is one of the most famous in the English language.
7. Obstacles to Elizabeth's happiness
8. How money and the economics of the time determine characters' class and social positions
9. Why Elizabeth has to overcome her gender--also, info about the Bluestocking group and silly women
10. Why casting for Pride and Prejudice movies are always an obsession in England.
11. How Jane Austen pioneered free indirect discourse, and examples from the novel
12. Things to which Elizabeth is blind.
13. A discussion of the four marriages in the novel
14. Has Elizabeth overcome pride and prejudice by the end of the novel?
15. Pride and Prejudice as a case study in delusion