Character Analysis: Pride and Prejudice

Topics: Pride and Prejudice, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet Pages: 2 (659 words) Published: February 26, 2013
Pride and Prejudice Volume I Character Analysis
In the beginning of reading this classic love story, I could have fallen asleep while reading and I actually did; but while the story went on it grew more interesting I couldn’t put my book down.

The pride and prejudice referred to in the title of this Jane Austin novel prepare the reader for the character flaws of the main characters, Miss Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. Elizabeth’s pride and Mr. Darcy’s prejudice prevent the two from recognizing and admiring their love for one another. And all the same, I truly believe that Elizabeth mistakes Mr. Darcy’s pride because, she herself is just as stubborn as he. Jane Bennet is the eldest Bennet sister. Twenty-two years old when the novel begins, she is considered the most beautiful young lady in the neighborhood. Her character is contrasted with Elizabeth's because she is sweeter, shyer, and equally sensible, but not as clever, but her most notable trait is a desire to see only the good in others. Jane seems to be her mother’s favorite because of her beauty, which Mrs. Bennet brags and boasts about often. Elizabeth is around the age of twenty in the novel. Her family calls her "Lizzy", her friends and neighbors call her "Eliza", and the narrator usually calls her "Elizabeth", but her mother never calls her Elizabeth. She is an intelligent young woman who is described as having "a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in any thing ridiculous". She often presents a playful good-natured impertinence, which does not offend. Early in the novel she is depicted as being personally proud of her mental quickness and her acuity in judging the social behavior and intentions of others. Elizabeth is the second of five sisters and her father's favorite, and is described by him by having "something more of quickness than her sisters"; though she is often distressed and embarrassed by the behavior of her mother and of her younger sisters. Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy...
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