This is an essay prompt from my literature class:

"The women in Jane Austen's novels are more life-like than men". How far is this comment applicable to Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice?

What makes Elizabeth Bennet "life-like"? Is she considered more life-like just because she has a definite arc? Because Mr. Darcy also has his moments where he apparently misjudged Jane Bennet as unfit for Mr. Bingley. Is the essay prompt trying to suggest that that usually men in Austen's works are cardboard figures? Or simply that Austen employs better nuances in forming female characters?

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    Where are you quoting from? – CinCout Mar 29 at 9:21
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    Edited the question – user658884 Mar 31 at 13:34
  • @GarethRees, the problem with the revision3 edit's wording which you've retained in your rollback is that it's asking us what the lecturer/tutor wants, which of course is impossible to answer. It would be better for it to take a direct stance: e.g. "Is Elizabeth the flaw in the argument that women in Jane Austen's novels are more life-like than men? Isn't Elizabeth less nuanced than, say, Darcy?" The intention for our site (as opposed to the essay-setter) is to pose a useful question that can elicit an authoritative answer. Is it worth me editing the question as I've outlined? – Chappo Apr 7 at 6:53
  • @Chappo: Yes, if you feel that the question remains too closely tied to the original essay prompt, then please edit it. I left the prompt in as a bit of background, on the grounds that people writing answers may find it helpful to know where the question comes from. – Gareth Rees Apr 7 at 9:42

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