Character Analysis of Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and PrejudicPaper Rating: Word Count: 1089 Approx Pages: 4
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice can be read as an historical account of gender roles, marriage, and society in the early 19th century. Most of the characters in the novel embody traditional 19th century standards. In literature, it is a common practice to try to emulate human nature when creating characters for stories. Jane Austen did this very well in Pride and Prejudice because of the range of personalities she used. Jane Austen's use of character development and Elizabeth, the protagonist, can help the reader to recognize the intention and feelings of the author.
These things make it very obvious what Austen is thinking: that Elizabeth is a very remarkable young woman due to her confidence, which allows her intelligence to shine through, all the while making her less trapped than the other young women in the novel.
Elizabeth Bennet constitutes a critique of traditional norms of women's behavior. Her independence, intelligence, and bold personality do not hold to a traditional 19th-century view of women. In Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth's strength of character is emphasized by its contrast with the weak, naive acceptance of Jane's character, the instability and excess of Mrs. Bennet's and the blind, s... Continue Reading