Pride and Prejudice Character Analysis

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Mr. Bennet

Although he is an intelligent man and displays a good sense of judgment throughout the novel, such as showing disapproval of Elizabeth marrying Mr. Collins, he also appears to be quite physically detached from the world. While other characters are busy visiting neighbours or going on trips, he is rarely seen outside his library and does not really interact with members of his family that much. Therefore he is also quite emotionally detached from them, as he appears to want nothing more than to be bothered as little as possible by his family. He is quite lazy and apathetic when it comes to dealing with other’s problems and teaching his daughter lessons in life and although his ridicule of people and their problems is amusing, one cannot help but look at his failed responsibilities as a Father. Even when Elizabeth warns him not to allow Lydia to go to Brighton because of the moral danger of the situation, he does not listen to her because he does not want to be bothered with Lydia's complaints.

Mrs. Bennet

From the very first page in the book, it is obvious that Mrs. Bennet’s main goal in life is to marry off all her daughters, preferably to rich and well-known men. From a modern perspective, this sounds incredibly extreme, however in early 19th century England, most women with daughters shared this view regarding the ‘marriage-market’, although probably not as enthusiastically. Having said that, this means the majority of the time, Mrs. Bennet lacks propriety and virtue, showing no concern for the moral or intellectual education of her daughters. This is shown through her joyful reaction to Lydia’s marriage, as she does not see the full picture, such as her daughter’s shameful conduct, how young she is or the worry she has caused her family, but that she has succeeded in marrying one daughter off. It is also quite ironic that her foolish and frivolous personality is the biggest threat to her daughters marrying well, as Mr. Darcy initially shows a certain dislike towards the Bennet family because of her.

Elizabeth Bennet

Elizabeth is very much the protagonist of the novel and is also the second eldest of five sisters. Throughout the novel, whether it be at home or at a social function, Elizabeth continuously shows off her lively, quick-witted, sharp-tongued, bold and intelligent nature, which is perhaps what enabled her to capture Mr. Darcy’s heart, as very few women had a personality like that of Elizabeth’s. In terms of her appearance, although Jane is described to be the prettiest, Elizabeth is also good looking and is especially distinguished by her fine eyes. Having said that, Elizabeth is not entirely perfect. Although she has pride in her abilities to perceive what is true and people’s characters, her perceptive ability is shown to fail her numerous times throughout the book. An example of this is her choice to believe Mr. Wickham over Mr. Darcy without getting the story for both sides, which shows that she can also be quite hot-headed and rash in her decisions. Unlike most single women’s attitudes towards marriage at the time, Elizabeth was more concerned about propriety, good-manners and virtue when it came to her future husband, not wealth or titles as her biggest fear was entering a loveless marriage.

Jane Bennet

Jane is the eldest in the family and is often described as beautiful, good-tempered, sweet, amiable, humble and selfless. Personality wise and despite their close relationship, Jane is quite the opposite of Elizabeth and is universally well-liked, refusing to stir up conflict with anyone. Following this trait, she refuses to judge anyone in a bad light and is always creating excuses for the people Elizabeth complains about, such as Mr. Darcy. Although one can say this means she is living life through rose-coloured glasses, in the end her judgements of people do turn out to be more accurate that that of Elizabeth. Having said that however, her soft and kind nature makes her...
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