by Jane Austen
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
Excerpts from Jane Eyre
- Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre, published in 1897, is a novel written from the first-person perspective about a plain governess named Jane who falls in love with her employer, Mr. Edward Rochester.Pair “Excerpt from Pride and Prejudice” with “Excerpt from Jane Eyre” and ask students to compare how each protagonist responds to challenges in their romantic relationships. How does class and social status factor play a role in each text?
A Matter of Prejudice
- Kate Chopin
Kate Chopin (1850-1904) was an American author and a forerunner of many twentieth-century feminist writers. “A Matter of Prejudice,” takes place in an upper class neighborhood of the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Its protagonist, Madame Carambeau, learns to overcome her prejudices after taking care of a small child.Pair “A Matter of Prejudice” with “An Excerpt from Pride and Prejudice” and ask students to compare how the theme of prejudice develops in each text. How does social class play a part in both pieces?
Keeping Up with the Joneses
- CommonLit Staff
The phrase “keeping up with the Joneses” describes the habit of trying to compete with your peers’ social status, wealth, and possessions. This article explores our systems of status and class, and why there exists this pressure of social competition.Pair “Keeping up with the Joneses” and “An Excerpt from Pride and Prejudice” and ask students to discuss the role of class and social status in our lives. How does it affect us daily or on a larger scale? How do we see this pressure and exclusivity play out in Austen’s text?
Sense and Sensibility, Chapters 1 and 2
- Jane Austen
In “Sense and Sensibility, Chapters 1 and 2,” Jane Austen tells the story of three sisters following the death of their father.Pair “Excerpt from Pride and Prejudice” with “Sense and Sensibility, Chapters 1 and 2” and ask students to discuss the similar themes that Jane Austen explores in the two texts. How does Austen’s characterization of female characters in Pride and Prejudice compare to Sense and Sensibility? How do these female characters progress the plot in the excerpts from the two texts?
- Alice Gerstenberg
In Alice Gerstenberg’s one-act drama “Fourteen,” Mrs. Pringle hosts a dinner party that does not go as planned when guests cancel at the last minute.Pair “Excerpt from Pride and Prejudice” with “Fourteen” and ask students to discuss how social status shapes the characters’ lives in the two texts. Why does Mrs. Pringle wish for Elaine to marry Oliver Farnsworth? How does this compare to the why Lady Catherine is against Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy being together?