An Essay On The Characters Of Jane And Elizabeth Bennet In Pride And Predujice By Jane Austen

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is the tale primarily of the romances and consequent marriages of the two Bennet sisters, Jane and Elizabeth. These are the two main characters in the book, Jane 22 and Elizabeth, the heroine of the story, 22. They are both quite young but old enough to know how the world works and what goes on in life. They both find excellent partners and make very favourable marriages. Bingley, Jane's husband, is a good, entertaining and kind man, though rather weak willed. Darcy, Elizabeth's partner, is a good, interesting and very strong willed man, making this the perfect, fairy-tale marriage.Pride and Prejudice begins with Mrs Bennet, the mother of Jane and Elizabeth talking about how excellent it would be if one of them were to marry the most eligible bachelor in the area. This seems rather pathetic of their mother, wanting her daughters to marry a man just because he has money, but it is soon revealed that the Bennet's are rather poor and if Mr Bennet were to die they would loose the house and be left destitute. Therefore for the survival of the girls and their mother at least one of them must make a favourable marriage. Jane falls in love with the afore mentioned "˜eligible bachelor', and though they are split up by a "˜friend' for a while they do eventually marry. An extremely rich and famous man, one of the most sought after men in the country falls in love with Elizabeth, and although she initially rejects his proposals of marriage, thinking him too proud, does slowly fall in love with him, realising his pride was only shyness, and they become engaged.Jane is the most beautiful of all the Bennet girls; Bingley describes her as "˜the most beautiful creature I ever beheld'. Everybody remarks on Jane's beauty and it is the first reason Mr. Bingley, the most sought after young man in the neighbourhood, is drawn towards her. Elizabeth is also a very beautiful woman, but not to the same extent as Jane, her mother says "˜she is not half so handsome as Jane,' and although Mrs Bennet is not the trustworthiest character it is an indication of people's view towards the sisters. Bingley describes her as; very pretty', but Darcy, at first, says "˜she is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt' him to dance with her. This means Darcy has to get know her as a person to be attracted to her, whereas Bingley is attracted to Jane on her beauty alone, then begins to love her for the sweet and gentle person she really is.Jane is a good person at heart, and believes others to be likewise, this means she is slightly naïve, she expects all people to have pure and good motives for everything and seeks to find good in everyone. This means that when someone hurts Jane she will not feel badly towards them, the only time someone hurts Jane enough to lose her regard of them is Miss Bingley in the letter she sends Jane and the way she calls on Jane in London, but does not inform Mr Bingley of her presence...

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