The Character of Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice
The man plot of Austen's novel "Pride and Prejudice" revolves around Elizabeth (or Lizzy) Bennet, who belongs to a family of five sisters, and her relationship with eligible bachelor Mr Darcy. However, "Pride and Prejudice" is a very complex novel, with many different subplots going on. One of these is the relationship between Eliza's older sister Jane, and Bingley, Darcy's friend. There are many misunderstandings within their courtship, which have an important role in the plot. Elizabeth's father and mother play a part, as do her relations, friends and acquaintances. In the story, Elizabeth hates Darcy at first, thinking him proud, but overcomes her prejudice and comes round to loving him in the end, and the two marry, as do Jane and Bingley. Another marriage is between Lydia, Elizabeth's younger sister, and Wickham, a man who Elizabeth was initially interested in. However, his true character comes to light, and his and Lydia's marriage proves to be far from uneventful. One reason why Elizabeth proves to be a very interesting character is her close friendship with her older sister Jane. The pair know each other very well, and they both feel a need to confide in one another due to the less that charming personality traits of the rest of their family. They are the only sensible ones if the household. Due to their constant contact, they are able to tell each other's moods with great ease, Elizabeth especially. When Jane returns from seeing Bingley "Elizabeth instantly read her feelings", so we know that they spend a lot of time in each other's company. Elizabeth obviously cares deeply about Jane, because when the later becomes ill while at Netherfield, Darcy's home, Elizabeth takes it upon herself to walk three miles through the mud to visit her. This greatly surprises the Netherfield party, but Elizabeth appears unconcerned. She mostly stays by Jane's bedside during the visit,...
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