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What are the main personality traits of different characters in Pride and Prejudice?

Personality of different characters:

The Bennets, the Bingleys, the Darcys, the Collins, the Wickhams

Just a few sentences for each characters will be sufficient. Thanks!

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prosodic | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 22, 2009 at 2:45 AM (Answer #1)

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The Bennets

Mr. Bennet has a quick wit.  He is reserved, quietly observant, and tolerant.  He seems to be constantly at odds with his wife, and favors Elizabeth above all his daughters.

Mrs. Bennet is nervous and has an unsteady temperament.  She is singularly obsessed with her daughters’ marriage prospects, and loves receiving visitors so she can hear the latest gossip.

Jane is the oldest of the Bennet daughters, and considered to be the prettiest.  She is agreeable, sweet-natured, modest and tolerant.

Elizabeth always says what she thinks, to the point where some may find her insolent.  She is lively, witty and clever.

Mary is plain and very pious.  She is not as accomplished musically as she claims to be.

Kitty is often described as silly, along with her sister, Lydia. Both are giggly, flirtatious, superficial, and love parties.

Lydia is the youngest daughter at age fifteen, but is clearly Mrs. Bennet’s favorite.  She is much like her sister Kitty, although perhaps a bit competitive with her as well.

The Bingleys

Charles Bingley is obviously very rich, but his agreeable looks, friendliness, modesty and kindness endear him immediately to the Bennets, particularly Jane.

Louisa Bingley is the eldest of the two sisters.  Like Caroline, she is described as handsome, but is proud and conceited.  Even though she is married, she spends a lot of time with her sister and brother.

Caroline Bingley is like Louisa, in that she is proud and conceited.  She likes to tease Darcy a lot, and although she is never openly rude to the Bennets, her hostility toward them is quite apparent.

The Darcys

Fitzwilliam Darcy is thought at first to be proud, haughty, anti-social, and ill-tempered.  As the story progresses, the real Darcy is revealed to be compassionate, tender, and deeply caring, although very conflicted between his feelings for Elizabeth and his duty to make a good match.  Once he falls in love with her, he wears his heart on his sleeve.

Georgiana Darcy is very accomplished.  She is pretty, well-mannered and has a sweet disposition.

The Collinses

Mr. Collins is a walking contradiction, simultaneously self-important and humble.  The Bennets, with the exception of the mother, all find him a bit ridiculous and stupid.  He is constantly bragging about his patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, as if his association with her should elevate everyone’s opinion of him.

Charlotte Lucas, who marries Mr. Collins, is Elizabeth’s best friend.  She is at the age (mid to late 20’s) considered to be an old maid by the time she marries.  She is sensible and intelligent, but marries more for security and comfort than for love.

George Wickham at first charms all of the Bennets, particularly Elizabeth, with his good looks, manners, and amiable nature (the officer's uniform probably helps too).  Their good opinion of him is changed when he elopes with Lydia and brings scandal to the Bennet family.  Darcy, who is well acquainted with Wickham, explains his sordid past to Elizabeth, and she realizes that he’s a scoundrel and a gold-digger.

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