I must confess that I think her as delightful a creature as ever appeared
in print – Jane Austen on Elizabeth. To what extent do you believe
Elizabeth Bennet to be delightful? You should consider her words and
actions throughout the novel.
“I must confess that I think her as delightful a creature as ever
appeared in print” – Jane Austen on Elizabeth. To what extent do you
believe Elizabeth Bennet to be “delightful”? You should consider her
words and actions throughout the novel.
Jane Austen mentions in a letter that Elizabeth Bennet is “as
delightful a creature as ever appeared in print.” This quotation shows
that Jane Austen clearly likes the character of Elizabeth and she
thinks that Elizabeth is better than any heroine in a work of
literature. The definition of delightful is “greatly pleasing or
entertaining”. Therefore Jane Austen creates delight in her readers of
“Pride and Prejudice”.
Elizabeth Bennet could be considered delightful for many reasons. She
is funny, clever, and witty so she brings delight to the reader of the
novel. Elizabeth delights in anything ridiculous which also makes her
a delightful character.
“She had a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in anything
(Vol. 1, chapter 3, p. 8.6)
She also enjoys teasing Mr Darcy and Mr Collins. Elizabeth’s playful
character can be seen when Elizabeth delights in mocking Mr Collins
about the ball.
Elizabeth’s spirits were so high on the occasion, that though she did
not often speak unnecessarily to Mr Collins, she could not help asking
him whether he intended to accept Mr Bingley’s invitation, and if he
did, whether he would think it proper to join in the evening’s
(Vol. 1, chapter 17, p.72.6)
Elizabeth is not extremely clever like her sister Mary but she is
still quite accomplished. She does not read much, but she takes
delight in doing so. She also takes delight in playing the piano, but
does not think she plays as well as other women do because she does
not practice enough. This makes Elizabeth seem more real and ordinary
which readers can relate to.
“My fingers,” said Elizabeth, “do not move over this instrument in the
masterly manner which I see so many other women’s do.”
(Vol. 2, chapter 9, p. 146.4)
Elizabeth is very beautiful but not as beautiful as her sister Jane.
In the novel “Pride and Prejudice”, peoples’ eyes are very expressive
and carry peoples’ emotions because there was no other way of telling
people how they felt. Mr Darcy finds Elizabeth’s eyes extremely
attractive and thinks they are the most attractive part of her face.
He believes that her eyes show how intelligent and beautiful she
Elizabeth also does not have a figure which was fashionable at the
time, but her figure pleases Mr Darcy. He does not however want to see
just how beautiful Elizabeth is because it is mortifying for him to be
attracted to her as she is of a lower social class than...