This paper gives an analysis of characters of the heroine in Pride and Prejudice-Elizabeth. Pride and Prejudice is generally considered as one of the Jane Austen's most popular works. After reading the novel, people will be attracted by Elizabeth's intelligence, wit and lively character, but she is also proud, and this leads to her prejudice. Her pride and prejudice causes misunderstanding between her and Darcy and she nearly misses her love. Fortunately, Elizabeth is aware of her blindness and partiality in time and conquers them, thus gets her happiness finally. This essay gives an analysis of her pride and prejudice in the two chapters, and her conquering them in the third chapter.
Jane Austen is one of the famous realistic writers in English literature in the nineteenth century. She was born on December 16, 1775, in the village of Steventon, Hamphire, England. Pride and Prejudice is Austen's representative work. During the forty- two years of her short life and a merry one, Austen wrote six full -length works: Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion.
There were no earthshaking events, no dreadful disasters, no sharp contradictions and no romantic legends in Austen's novels. Time and space were small in her novels. She wrote how a marriageable woman could find a satisfactory husband. She described many kinds of love and marriage of different women. She expressed her own original views of marriage.
[...] Thus he gets such rejection: had not known you a month before I felt that you are the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry." 1.3 Contrasting with Charlotte We can know better of Elizabeth by contrasting her with her friend Charlotte. As soon as Elizabeth refuses Mr. Collins, Charlotte Lucas accepts him. Charlotte is also an intelligent woman. But she is too realistic and vulgar. She pursues earthly benefits. She marries Mr. [...]
[...] Then she meets Darcy again, who also becomes very polite and amiable this time, and she begins to have tender feelings towards him Conquering her Prejudice Finally The thing that finally brings Elizabeth down to the world and defeats her pride completely is her young sister Lydia's elopement. She wakes up with great pain that no matter how pride she is, she has to admit she is one part of the family. The humiliation of her family helps her to see the true characters of Darcy. [...]
[...] Out of Elizabeth's expectation, her challenging words improve Darcy's interest on her instead of driving him away The Root of Elizabeth's Prejudice Darcy's pride of place is founded on social prejudice, while Elizabeth's initial prejudice against him is rooted in pride of her own quick perceptions. Darcy, having been brought up in such a way that he begins to scorn all those outside of his own social circle, must overcome his prejudice in order to see that Elizabeth would be good wife for him and win Elizabeth's heart. [...]
[...] Elizabeth has to admit the fact that she is not in a much wealthy family and she can only get a small fortune after here father's death because the family inheritance has settles on a male, thus she must marry a wealthy man, and as a woman of that that time, she has few chances to choose. However, Elizabeth is a sensible woman, she would not accept the marriage unless it is on the base of understanding and equality of both sides. [...]
[...] Almost two centuries later, the deep impression on readers left by the opening sentence of Pride and Prejudice has not decreased because of their changing literary taste. With this core sentence, the novel tells the love story of two pairs of young people: the noble Darcy and Elizabeth, Darcy's friend Bingley and Elizabeth's sister Jane. After a serial of events and misunderstanding, both of two couples get a happy ending. In Austen's eyes, Elizabeth's marriage seems happier, because she passes the course from misunderstanding to love. [...]
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