Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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How does one analyze the character Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice?

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When writing a character analysis, what we are looking for is exactly what the character is like as a person. There are several things that can be examined in order to complete a character analysis. Below is a link to a larger list of the things to examine, but some of them are the character's ethics, motives, whether or not we think the character's actions are wise or unwise, and whether or not the character's actions create any effects. Since we are limited to space, we won't be able to discuss all of these details for Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice, but below are a few ideas to get you started.

For one thing, we do know that Elizabeth is a very ethical character with a strong sense of morality. In fact, we see her as a critic of not only herself but of her parents as well. Elizabeth criticizes herself when, after reading Darcy's letter, she finally realizes just how wrong she has been in her judgements. She judged Wickham to be admirable and trustworthy, simply because he is friendly and...

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