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    AS English Lit, if anyone was wondering.
    Basically these are the two books my class are studying, and i'm struggling quite badly with them. In the Mock Exam I got a D, but that was a month after starting the novel, if anyone could help me along, through websites or just tips i'd be grateful.

    OH I LOVED Small Island.
    Are you comparing and contrasting the two? You should consider the themes behind both of the novels ( haven't read P&P but I've seen it lol). I think a common theme between the both of them is marriage, women not being able to marry out of love but marrying to better their circumstances ( Queenie marrying Bernard so that she could have a better life in London as opposed to living on the farm with her family and Hortense marrying Gilbert as her passport to England to achieve her own dream).
    You could also talk about no one is independent of their social up bringing, what you want and what you can get are two different things....am I right to believe that in P&P a certain woman wants to marry a guy but she is too poor...was it Elizabeth's sister?....can't remember.
    In the same way Hortense can't become a teacher because of ther ethnic origin, when she walks into the broom cupboard after the interview its is a subtle hint at the fact that she was only fit to be a cleaner in spite of her qualifications.
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