Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Write the character-sketch of Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

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Another point to add is to consider how Elizabeth represents the title of the novel.  Where and why is she prideful and what are her prejudices?  How do those qualities and notions affect her interactions with all of the various characters in the novel?

She is obviously quick to judge and holds her prejudices against others for quite awhile.  Darcy makes a poor first impression, and Elizabeth takes a significant amount of time to come to a truer understanding and appreciation of him.  She doesn't even see the light when he first proposes -- it is only after he defends himself against her false charges in regards to Wickham, that she realizes her erroneous prejudices.  Until then, she believed Wickham's lies because she wanted to believe them.  The lies seemed to fit her assumptions about Darcy.

While her prejudices keep her from Darcy, it is her pride that ultimately unites her with him.  Elizabeth shows a significant moment of personal pride in her final show-down with Lady Catherine.  Elizabeth is not going to let someone of Lady Catherine's stature bully her into a decision.  She stands up for herself, her family and her position in society.  While she doesn't have a title, she is still proud of her own person, and this strength and pride proves to Darcy that Elizabeth does care for him and gives him the courage to try a second proposal.

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Elizabeth is the second of five sisters in the Bennet family. She is a young woman "not yet one and twenty" who is at a marriageable age but refuses to accept the socially expected notion that a marriage has to be formed to solidify family names, finances, and land. Lizzie Bennet is a pioneer of her time because she is not socially worried about marrying or not, and because her ultimate aim is to be truly happy.

Her character also reflects a difference among her peers: She is outspoken, opinionated, and does not care whether who or what rank the person is to whom she has to tell her opinions to.

She holds...

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