Directed Reading Questions Pride And Prejudice English Literature Essay

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Narrative fiction is a characteristic of imaginative literature, or in simpler terms, a story. Narration which is fundamental to fiction, without it you would only have the background of the story. Story structure consists of the characters themselves and what happens to them in the story. For example as in the novel Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth is a character and the writer describes how she interacts with decision making, how she thinks, why she thinks as she does, how she feels etc. Narration is the telling of the story itself, the way for the author to tell the reader who that character is.

Fiction means that the story is written from imagination, it is the background of the story. Fiction is written to describe particulars of the story to interest the reader, to direct or divert the reader to the purpose of why or what the character does or says what is written. Though fiction may include certain events that are known to us to be true, they may not intended to be actual events. For example in the novel, the story took place at the time of the Napoleonic Wars. Although battles weren't mentioned during the book the suggestion of wartime was manipulated to fit the story. Since a writer may need to take liberties to fit the story, he or she only needs to give enough information to allow the reader to imagine what the life was at the time of the story.

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2. The author is the writer of the book or story. Narrator is the person who is telling the story in the book. The narrator may be any character in the book or speaker. A story may have more than one narrator. The narrator tells his/her own point of view. For example in the movie Stranger than Fiction, Miss Eiffel's character was an author. Had this been a novel rather than a movie, she would not have been the author of the novel. Along with being an author, she was a narrator when she spoke and also when we heard her disembodied voice. Novels, stories or books may have multiple narrators throughout the work, they may change sentence by sentence or section of the work. The narrator also may introduce his/her judgment and opinions. They are usually expressed by words not in quote.

A story is a work of narrative fiction, a recounting of significant events and conflicts. A story is based on a plot. The plot is the backbone of a story, or the basis of why the work is written. Plot is the "elements that govern the unfolding of action". What is referred to as a story line may be a sequence of plots told in chronological order that tell the story. When there are multiple plots, each has a "motivation" and "casualty" or cause and effect that connect to a main plot or why the story is written.

3. Theme is the major idea of a work. To discuss narrative fiction it would be important to know what point of view each part of the book is written from. Since narrative fiction is written most of the time with multiple viewpoints we must look for key ideas throughout the work. Ideas are different than actions and situations. They are usually found universally throughout the work. Themes are discovered by studying the main character and his/her interactions with other characters, figure of speech as well as how other characters represent those ideas. Finally look at the story as a whole. Themes are normally recognized by examining parts of the story that are cross culturally related and implied rather than what is stated. Besides the obvious theme of pride and prejudice, we find the majority of the novel Pride and Prejudice is told through the point of view of Elizabeth whose implied theme is love.

4. An argument is writing about a point or idea I am attempting to prove. It should have an argumentative edge using evidence from the book using my conclusions and supporting detail. I would structure my argument as I have on the discussion board that in the novel, cupids lay around the corners in this time period of the novel. My ideas would be accurate using quotes from the book. It should be begin with the central idea and contain an outline upon which to clarify the accuracy of my observation. It should be in chronological order and relate it to the theme of the novel. An argument should be open to change as it is the basis for a thesis statement.

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5. My projected thesis statement is " During the time period of Pride and Prejudice, Cupid is found around every corner and is waiting to launch his arrows at any moment." My argument would include detail of the crucial encounter at Pemberley, orchestrated by the Gardiners, the introduction of Elizabeth to Darcy by Sir William at the Ball, and the attraction of her sister Jane by Bingley which provided physical proximity. Even the folly of Mrs. Bennet, who's action suggesting Jane ride horseback prior to and oncoming storm that prompted Jane's illness resulting in Elizabeth go to see her were examples of Cupids Arrow finding their marks. I would develop the settings with the details of attraction that fostered their love for one another. Not only were cupids' arrows present for Elizabeth and Darcy, they were also apparent in the relationship of Jane and Bingley. The cupid would be aiming and launching arrows from the beginning of the thesis missing their mark because of the conflicts of pride and prejudice, finally hitting dead center in the conclusion.

6. Comedy is defined as type of drama in which characters experience a reversal of fortune in which obstacles are worked out in the end. In Pride and Prejudice there we have an obvious obstacle of class. The Bennet girls need to find marriages befitting their class without the equivalent settlements. In addition, we have the attitude of Mrs. Bennet's silliness, which makes this seemingly an impossible feat. As the depths of the characters unfold, it becomes apparent that the qualities of moral virtue and reputation are redeemed from first impressions. The reader becomes sympathetic with both Elizabeth and Jane, optimistic that they have found the right man. Ultimately, it was satisfying to find their fears dispelled.

7. The motivations for making choices in Pride and Prejudice stemmed from the attitudes of the time period. In this early modern time period, socially oriented appropriateness was the motivation for making choices. While most choices during this time were gender specific, religious morals were of high importance. Reputation and class had a higher significance than wealth, and the factor of finances provided practical limitations. While freedom of choice did exist for women, they were far less beneficial, nor considered as socially respectable. Present values are more tolerant, providing more equality between the genders. Adherence to values is doing the right thing, shows integrity, and provides personal accountability, fairness and respect to individuals. Values are beneficial to society, no matter what the time period.

8. Austen describes the marriage of Mr. Collins and Charlotte Lucas as one of a "pure and disinterested desire of establishment" indicating a marriage of convenience. Elizabeth's reaction stemmed from the belief that her friend's opinion was similar to her own. Austin explains that the compromise of her friend's situation made her reflect on her own future should she not find a man she loved to marry. Upon her visit to the parsonage in Huntsford, she describes a humble life lead by the couple and expresses a piteous attitude by Elizabeth. This attitude changed to one of acceptance as Elizabeth took her leave. She was able to note that Charlotte had found "charm" with her surroundings and Mr. Collins' assurance of their happiness. This revelation effectively aids in softening the walls of pride paralleling her changing attitude towards Mr. Darcy.

9. Elizabeth is intelligent, honest and virtuous. Her qualities of wit and liveliness get her into trouble but her sensibility illustrates class that enables her to rise above silliness of other women of the time. She possesses both pride and prejudice. The novel would work similarly if told first-person due to her intuitiveness and keen sense of observation. However, missing would be the true meaning of what was spoken by other characters, their position and feelings because of her tendency to act upon impulse as she displayed when declining Mr. Darcy's invitation to dance. Additionally, the reader's interpretation would induce a greater degree of imagination as the individual characters' motivations may be questioned if only seen through the eyes of Elizabeth.

10. Characters are represented through a variety of styles. Austen's writing contains many short sentences, question and answer pairs, and rapid exchanges between characters shown by the wit of Elizabeth and Darcy. Each character can be distinguished by their speech.  Mr. Collins, who bragged often, was displayed as pompous and snobby, Mrs. Bennet, foolish by her silly outbursts, and Lady Catherine with a dramatic authoritative dialogue. Though at times the dialogue was hard to understand is was effective. Not only, because it painted a recognizable image for the reader to envision the moral fiber of each character. But also, it was a constant reminder that set tone of the time period for which the novel was written.

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