Essay On Elizabeth Bennet Exemplary Character

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Fiction of Jane Austen’s period treated its characters as moral exemplars, as well as imaginary human beings. One quality that distinguishes Austen’s work from her contemporaries is that she allows her “exemplary” characters to have flaws. In what ways is Elizabeth Bennet exemplary, and in what ways is she flawed? Compare her to other characters in Pride and Prejudice as you develop your answer.

. While Austen created these characters for our amusement, each one represents something she wishes to comment on about her bourgeois society. Pride and Prejudice was considered to be a modern piece of literature for the time it was written and to this day we are still able to empathise with the characters in Austen’s novel. Pride and Prejudice is a novel that is immortal in western modern society.

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Elizabeth Bennet is the central character as we spend a lot of time with her intimately; when she is alone, thinking, reading, reflecting. Though she is immediately drawn to Darcy she will not admit the attraction until later when she sees him at Pemberley. We empathise with her lack of power, uncertain futures and her struggle to forge an individual identity, distinct from her ‘embarrasing’ family.

Elizabeth bennet is an exemplary character as she constantly challenges the social norms. She will not ‘settle’ for anything less than true love and happiness. This is a rather modern viewpoint for the time considering that marrying well is considered a woman’s duty, especially those of the upper class. The standard view on marriage at the time is foregrounded in the first sentence of the novel. “It is a truth universally acknowl...

... middle of paper ... embarrassment and pays for the wedding. Mrs Gardiner explains this to Elizabeth in a letter. Elizabeth instantly feels foolish for having judged Mr Darcy in such a manner. ``How despicably have I acted!'' she cried. -- ``I, who have prided myself on my discernment! -- I, who have valued myself on my abilities! who have often disdained the generous candour of my sister, and gratified my vanity, in useless or blameable distrust. -- How humiliating is this discovery! -- Yet, how just a humiliation! -- Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not love, has been my folly. -- Pleased with the preference of one, and offended by the neglect of the other, on the very beginning of our acquaintance, I have courted prepossession and ignorance, and driven reason away, where either were concerned. Till this moment, I never knew myself.''
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