Jane Austen 's Pride And Prejudice

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Benjamin Disraeliance once said, "Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed". This quote exemplifies that viewpoints can always have a sudden shift at any point of time, but a persons moral qualities must be established over time. In Jane Austen 's novel, Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth Bennet is the main character who is a lady in the Regency Era. Elizabeth lives in Longbourn with her parents, Mr and Mrs Bennet and her four sisters. In the beginning of the novel, Elizabeth 's prejudice mindset and strong opinion blinds her from realizations happening around her. Soon, Elizabeth 's prejudice disappears allowing her to open up and fall in love. Throughout Jane Austen 's novel, Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth…show more content…
'A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment '" (32). Elizabeth denotes that she does not want to dance with Darcy. Elizabeth indicates that she has the "least intention of dancing" with Darcy unravels how Elizabeth does what most women would have never done, deny a dance. Additionally, Elizabeth clarifies that she does not move closer to "beg for a partner". This proves that she is fine with being alone and not dancing, unlike most women of the 19th Century. She also illustrates how women 's minds work around men that appeal to them. By stating how a "lady 's imagination is very rapid" it clarifies that she understands that ladies fantasize about a future that may never occur. Elizabeth discusses three stages of the "imagination". She first states "admiration" meaning once a lady finds a characteristics that pleases them, such as wealth, they instantly go to the second stage which is to fall in love. After being in "love" for a short time frame, the lady wants to transition to "matrimony" which is getting married. These three steps occur is a short period of time, which is not what Elizabeth wants to involve herself in. This provides how Elizabeth does not believe in the common view of love being about wealth, because she feels as if it is not a clear, absolute feeling since it is rushed since she values the true definition of love being, "an intense feeling of deep affection". In summary, Austen
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