Elizabeth Bennet Figurative Language

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Elizabeth Bennet: Literary Analysis Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is set in England during the 19th century. The story unveils the trials of marriage, love, and arrogance. In the end, the hardships the main families face will come around and resolve. One of the main characters that this novel is focused on is Elizabeth Bennet. She is the second oldest in the Bennet household. She has four other sisters, all who are unmarried much to the dismay of their parents. In this novel you will find use of figurative language, point-of-view, and characterization through the character Elizabeth Bennet. Figurative language is used abundantly in Jane Austen’s novel. Elizabeth uses figurative language mostly by similes and irony. For example, …show more content…

Elizabeth said to Mr. Darcy, “...I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry” (Austen 145). By Elizabeth saying this she is showing irony because in the end Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy do get married. Her love for him went from an immovable dislike to love and marriage. Miss Elizabeth didn't have any feelings for him at first because of how prideful Mr. Darcy was acting. She was told by Mr. Wickham all horrible things that Mr. Darcy has done. For example, Wickham was conversing with Elizabeth and told her after the old Mr. Darcy died, he was supposed to get his share of the money, but he didn't. He did get his share of the money, however, he used to buy prostitutes and unneeded items. He tricked Miss Bennet into thinking of how prideful and unjust he was. Another great example of irony in Pride and Prejudice would be, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of at good fortune must be in want of a wife” (Austen 1). Jane Austen establishes this first in her novel. This quote has ironic tone to it because it can be the exact opposite. A woman must also be in want of a man with good fortune. You can tell this throughout the novel by reading that Elizabeth Bennet’s mother wants all her girls to be married off to good

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