Pride And Prejudice Character Analysis

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Kenzie Carlsen Ms. Baer Honors English 1 16 October 2017 Characteristics Shown by Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth Bennet, the protagonist, is empirical. To begin, in chapter 34, Fitzwilliam Darcy approaches Elizabeth in Mr. Collins’ house with intentions to propose to her. Before Darcy steps foot into the house, Elizabeth is aware that he is the reason that Mr. Bingley (Darcy’s friend) and Jane Bennet (Elizabeth’s oldest sibling) split up. This causes Elizabeth to dislike Darcy from the beginning, as the Bennett's’ mother has been urging her daughters to get married. Not only this, but as Darcy proposes Elizabeth finds it insulting to her and her family. Baring all of this in mind, Elizabeth replies to the proposal by saying how “‘[She] has every reason to think ill of [Mr. Darcy],’” (113). Not only this, but she also expresses her frustration by declaring to Darcy that “‘You [are] the last man in the world whom [I] could [ever prevail] on to marry,”’ (114). With all of this being said by Elizabeth, it is obvious that her response to Mr. Darcy was solely based on her experience with him and how he acts. Her opinions of him are justifiable, but they continue to formulate throughout the book when she begins to observe him more thoroughly. On the contrary, despite Darcy’s previous actions, towards the end of the novel Elizabeth is much more fond of him again. This occurs because Darcy mends a marriage
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