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In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, who are the round, flat, static, and dynamic characters?

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Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are both round and dynamic characters. Indeed, the novel is largely about how they both change. When Mr. Darcy first proposes to Elizabeth while she is staying at Hunsford Rectory, Elizabeth still thinks him capable of cheating Wickham of his inheritance, while Darcy complacently assumes that she will accept his proposal because it is a good match. It is clear at this point just how much they will have to learn about each other if they are actually to marry.

The comic characters, Mrs. Bennet, Mary Bennet, Mr. Collins, Sir William Lucas, and Lady Catherine de Bourgh are all flat and static. Indeed, much of the comedy derives from their stasis and flatness. Lady Catherine will still be asking imperious questions and declaring that do one appreciates music as much as she does at the end of the world, while Sir William tells everyone for the thousandth time about when he was presented at court. Mr. Collins is so perfectly static that he is unable to adapt himself to...

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