Saturday, April 16, 2011

Pride and Prejudice (but no zombies, unfortunately.)

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE - JANE AUSTEN
For the Bennet sisters, marriage is more than just finding the right person to spend their lives with. It also determines the future security, wealth, and happiness of the entire family. Due to having all daughters, Mr. Bennet's property will be inherited by their Rich cousin. Meanwhile, the rich Mr. Bingley rents a house in the country for the summer, bringing along his arrogant friend, Mr. Darcy, who takes pride in his wealth (for he is even more rich than Bingely himself). Jane, one of the Bennet daughters, recieves an invitation to visit Bingely's residence from his sister, Caroline. She becomes very ill and must stay there until she is well enough to go home. During this time, the infamous Mr. Darcy becomes more and more interested in Elizabeth, Jane's sister, who frequently comes to visit her. Although she is beginning to fall for him, Elizabeth is ashamed because Darcy is immensely disliked by everyone in town, and therefore she convinces herself that she loathes him. Caroline begins to notice the relationship building, and becomes jealous; for she was hoping to gain Mr. Darcy's affections (and therefore his wealth by marriage). Mr. Collins, the future owner of the Longbourn Estate, comes to make mends with the Bennet family over an earlier argument. After a ball (and many times afterwards), Mr. Collins proposes to Elizabeth, only to be denied. Instead he proposes to Elizabeth's friend, Charlotte Lucas, who happily accepts. After all of the excitement, Bingely, his sister, and Mr. Darcy take off to London, where Caroline writes to Jane, who has become quite fond of Bingely after he allowed her to recover in his home, telling her that the Bingely family is encouraging him to marry to Mr. Darcy's younger sister, and that he will not be returning to Netherfield any time soon. Jane and Elizabeth take a trip to London to visit with their aunt and uncle. While staying there, Mr. Bingely makes no effort to contact Jane whatsoever, even though his sister makes a clear effort to be rude to her. Later on, while visiting Charlotte (who is now married to Mr. Collins), Elizabeth again runs into Mr. Darcy, who is accompanied by his friend, Colonel Fitzwilliam. After Elizabeth begins spending more time with Darcy, Fitzwilliam tells her a false story, making Elizabeth believe that Darcy is a horrible person. Fitzwilliam also convinces Elizabeth that Darcy talked Mr. Bingely out of proposing to her sister, Jane. Elizabeth does not go to dinner that night in order to avoid Darcy in her state of anger. Still, Darcy manages to find her, and tells her that he has fallen in love with her (despite her family's low connections). He then proposes, to which Elizabeth declines in rage, questioning how he could be so inconsiderate to propose to her in such a manner, especially after he had talked Mr. Bingely out of marrying Jane. The next morning, Darcy hands Elizabeth a letter wordlessly, and walks away. The letter explains in detail the explanation behind his actions, and Elizabeth feels remorse for yelling at him. She and Jane return home temporarily, until she leaves once again on vacation. During this time, she visits Darcy's estate, only agreeing to accompany the Gardiners because he is out on business. He returns early, however, and seems overjoyed by the visitors, and then introduces Elizabeth to his sister. During this meeting, Mr. Bingely is present, and still shows obvious signs of attachment to Jane. One morning Elizabeth recieves a letter and must return home due to a family crisis. Meanwhile, Darcy is again off on business. When he and Mr. Bingely return once more, the ball is in their feild. Will the Bennet sisters be married? Or will they be rejected due to their low social class?


1. Elizabeth at first rejects her feelings for Mr. Darcy because he made a bad first impression. Do you think that one should be judged based on their first impression?

2. Mr. Darcy is often arrogant because of his wealth, and is therefore strongly disliked. Elizabeth, on the other hand, intrigues many people, even those higher in class. Do you believe that a person's social nature is significant than their social class? Why or why not?

20 comments:

Erika B 13-14 said...

1. Though most people do tend to judge on first impressions, I do not think it is a good idea. Learning who someone really is takes time, so one first impression is really not enough to get a good grasp on the kind of person they are.

2. I think that how a person acts should be taken into higher account than how much money they have. Money can only get you so far in life, and if you have an arrogant or rude personality, it will only turn people away from you, even if you do have money. If a person gets along with people in a higher class even if they are from a lower one, they should be allowed to hangout with them.

Cassie M 11-12 said...

1. A person should not be judged based on the first impression they make. Many people become nervous and act different when meeting someone. One meeting is not enough to know what a person is like, and usually it takes a lot of time to really know someone. Also, Elizabeth should not have listened to rumors to make her decision about what kind of man he is. People tend to gossip and speak about things that are either false or half-truths.

KatherineS13-14 said...

1) I think that most people tend to judge based on a first impression. However, often times a person's first impression is wrong and therefore should not be the only factor in determining the personality of a person.

Kristen R. 11-12 said...

To answer the first question, I agree with what has already been said. People too often judge people merely based off of first impressions; however, I do not think that this should be the case. Truly getting to know someone takes time, and each person obtains his or her own flaws. If one of these flaws is executed during the first impression, I do not think it's the fairest, most accurate read of the person. To answer the second question, I believe that a person's social nature and personality is far more important than his or her social class ranking. Money can only speak so far, and often the richest people lack the purest and simpliest things in life, such as happiness. I think the most successful people are the people who are happiest with their lives and who truly view each day as a gift.

Hannah L 13-14 said...

Someone should never be judged on first impressions, but as it is with our society that is what most people tend to do. By judging someone on first impressions you may miss out on some of their great qualities and may lose the chance to have a great friend. Unless you get to know someone you never know what they will be like. You can only judge for yourself once you learn more about them by getting to know them better.

Leah A 5-6 said...

1. A person should not be judged based on first impression. Although many people tend to, they shouldn't. First impressions can often be wrong or misguiding. If you do judge on a first impression, you may later regret it from missing out on a relationship with a nice person.

Natalie S Mods 5-6 said...

1) I do not necessarily feel that people should be judged based on first impressions but in most cases people are. I think that most people in any situation deserve a second chance at redemption. People will and do make mistakes and I think it is only fair to give someone the benefit of the doubt. I would give someone a second chance to prove they are better than their first impression.

McKenzieM 11-12 said...

I do believe people judge on first impressions but I don't think that it really gives you a good idea of what that person's like. You could be missing out on getting to know a great person if you don't really get to know them.

Allie H 11-12 said...

Regarding question number 1, I do not believe that one should be judged based on their first impression. First impressions can be stressful and intimidating, possibly resulting in an awkward situation. Everyone has gone through something like this in their life, and depending on how bad the first impression was, you should always give someone a second chance because most likely, the person will be more relaxed the second time they meet. It will not be as intimidating and awkward.

Megan D. 11-12 said...

I do not believe people should let first impressions be such a big deal. Obviously you are going to form some opinion about someone after first meeting them but I do not think that you should let those first opinions decide anything major. Anyone can have a bad day just as much as anyone can pretend to be something they are not for a day. To truly understand someone you have to get past the first impression.

Kelsey M. 11/12 said...

1)I think first impressions are very important in most situations. When meeting someone for the first time, there is no way that you are not going to judge them based on the way they look or act. If someone is rude or acts immaturely at first, I am definitely turned away by that. But it is also important to get to know people before you completely rule them out. I believe that everyone is the way they are for a reason and that everyone has their own story. From experience, I have gotten to know a lot of people that seem like bad kids at first but are actually really great people. You never know what someone else has gone through in their life.

Matt P. 13-14 said...

1. People should not judge a person based solely on their first impression. The person being judged may not be acting as they usually are at that moment, so false assumptions could be made. One should get to know a new person before judging them, so that they can see every side of a person before they make false judgments. Although people shouldn't do this, almost everyone does. We all judge someone in passing at some point, whether it be for a longer time, without talking to them, or simplely walking past someone.

Kara K. 5/6 said...

1. People should not be judged based on their first impression or judge others on what they see as another the first time they meet them. Many times a person acts differently the first time someone meets them because they want to make a good impression.
2. How people act often relates them to their social standings. Things such as money and objects may make a person needy or feel like they have supiriority over others. I feel that one class should be aloud to hang out with another class. It does not matter what class someone is in, it just matters how tey treat each other.

Kenneth C.M. 13-14 said...

1- People should definitely not be judged on first impressions. For example, some people are really funny but may seem obnoxious or mean or annoying at first because you do not get their humor. Therefore judging based on first impression is wrong or you don't like to laugh.

Dana G. 13-14 said...

1) I do not think that one should be judged based on first impression because it may not show what the person is really like. I do believe, however, the first impression a person gives is what most people tend to remember them by.

Courtney R 5-6 said...

I don't think that one should be judged based on first impressions because first impressions rarely ever show one's true colors. One cannot possibly get to know the entirity of someone when just meeting him. I do believe that first impressions are important because a lot of people remember them, but one should also be open to seeing who someone really is, even if their first impression is a little off.

A person's social nature is so much more significant than their social class. Someone's personality cannot entirely be shown through his social standing. People who have less money can be a lot more kind than those who may have more money. I don't think that people with more money are bad people though. It all depends on who one is dealing with because everyone is different.

Steve S 13-14 said...

First impressions ARE important, but they are not usually what that person seems to be.

Bojana D 11.12 said...

1. I don't think one should be judged on their first impression. People make mistakes, and these mistakes could be made when first meeting them. However, in today's society first impressions are extremely significant. For example, going to a job interview, you are judged on what you wear, your manners, etc the first time you meet them.

MaryL11-12 said...

Question 1:
No I don't think someone should be completely judged on their first impression but I do think that people are good at sensing what kind of a person they are dealing with by their first impression. Sometimes this reading is not necessairly accurate, but most of the time it serves correctly.
Question 2:
I believe in the saying that money cannot buy you friends. People can pretend to be interested you as much as they want, but unless they truly are intrigued by your character as a human being, they really have no purpose for you other than for petty things, like money. I believe that Dacry's friends all liked him because that was what the world expected them to do, look up to those in a higher class, but I believe that they liked Elizabeth simply because she was someone enjoyable to be around.

Kristen T. 11-12 said...

1) I don't think that anyone should be fully judged on first impressions. This is a good opportunity to get a good idea of how a person may act, however, first impressions can at times be intimidating and uncomfortable to the point that one may not act like him or herself. It is only fair to also consider how one acts beyond simply the first impression.