Pride And Prejudice By Jane Austen

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Hayden Webster
Mr. Drake
AP Lit
12 January 2014
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)

Elizabeth Bennet: Elizabeth Bennet is the protagonist of the novel. Her prejudice and tendency to pass quick judgment (hence the novel’s title) takes a large effect on her relationships, especially her relationship with Mr. Darcy. Unimpressed by wealth and status, she differs from her somewhat naïve sister Jane in that she allows herself to see that humans are flawed beings. Put simply—Elizabeth is “real.” Elizabeth is initially put off by what she sees as superficial attempts by Mr. Darcy to win her over with arrogance and flashes of status, however, Darcy is intrigued by Elizabeth’s wit and intelligence, a far cry from many women of her time. However, though Elizabeth is in fact prejudiced, she is self-aware. As she grows to realize Mr. Darcy’s true character, and, consequently, her love for her, she admits to both herself and to him that she loves him—an act of swallowing her pride.

Mr. Darcy: In the sense of possessing both pride and prejudice, Mr. Darcy is Elizabeth’s counterpart. Coming from a wealthy family, his high status, intelligence, and wealth gives him an inflated sense of pride and also a prejudice that creates a tendency to judge those below him. Such arrogance makes him a generally disliked character, though his status is envied. However, Elizabeth is unimpressed by wealth, and is extremely unreceptive to his advances at first—she turns down his marriage proposal,…
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