Characterization of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth Bennet, the heroine of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, is an authentic character, allowing readers to identify, sympathize, and grow with her. Unfortunately, Austen does not create a match for Elizabeth who is her equal in terms of characterization. Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth's sometime adversary, beloved, and, finally, husband, is not so carefully crafted as she, for his character is somewhat undefined, made up of only mystery, inconsistency, and conventionality. Elizabeth is, initially, quick to make judgments and just as quick to hold fast to those preconceptions. In effect, Elizabeth represents both aspects of the novel's title, being both proud and prejudicial.
This is especially apparent in her friendship with Isabella Thorpe. She becomes immediately close to Isabella who is attractive, intelligent and socially confident, but who later emerges as the anti heroine of the novel. Isabelle appear... ... middle of paper ... ...e you must respect for her sincerity, her high principles, her generous trust of others, and her patience under trails that would be too great for much stronger heads...and in spite of her romantic folly she has so much good heart that it serves her in place of good sense” . It seems both these critics have missed the point about Catherine, her inadequacies as a heroine, such as they are, exists because Austen tries to do too much with her – “to establish her both s a gooselike parody of the sentimental gothic heroine, and to advance claims for her as a human being who would learn good sense and learn even to go beyond it” . Catherine is a true Austen heroine, not only because she learns to examine her own spirit, heart and mind so that she is able to mature beyond her flaws, but also because she inspires readers to develop truly heroic behaviour themselves.
However, Hope Leslie does not conform to the expected behavior of women during that time, behavior that only further expressed the supposed superiority of males. Hope portrays behaviors and attitudes common in a woman today. Hope is capable of thinking for herself, is courageous, independent, and aggressive. Sir Philip Gardner describes Hope as having “a generous rashness, a thoughtless impetuosity, a fearlessness of the… dictators that surround her, and a noble contempt of fear” (211). In comparison to Esther Downing, Hope is the antithesis of what a young Puritan woman should be, and in turn, Hope gains a great deal of respect from the readers of the novel through her “unacceptable” behavior.
Elinor portrays the “sense” of the title, and is different from her sister Marianne; she is practical, reserved and very thoughtful. She is able to control her feelings and see the more calm, practical way with her love interest, telling Marianne that she has feelings for Edward, “I do not attempt to deny that I think very highly of him, that I… greatly esteem him… I like him.” (Austen 35). Although she expressed this to Marianne she quickly brushes them off, “I by no means sure of ... ... middle of paper ... ...is but allowed her to flaws and make a change for the better. Dealing with heartbreak not only brought the two heroines together, but in fact helped them change one another. Elinor who always kept her feelings in learned to let it out and express them while Marianne who was too passionate and eager to find a man learned to calm down and wait for the right time.
She's the foolish, whimsical and irrational sister, driven by passion and emotion. Both characters are put in similar situations throughout the book and, true to the title, act with sense and sensibility. Elinor's courtship with Edward against Marianne's affair with Willoughby contrasts the characters ideas of marriage and love. Elinor, though interested in Edward, would not admit anything more than having "great esteem" for him. Elinor looked at the situation practically, citing that Mrs. Ferras would be the ultimate factor in their courtship because Edward's future (and fortune) depended on what Mrs. Ferras thought of Edward's possible wife.
Miss Elizabeth Bennet’s personality is expressed throughout Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with an intelligent and headstrong flair. She is incomparable to the women of her time, who mostly suffered from ignorance, blindly accepting that marrying for wealth and security would lead to happiness and success. What separates Elizabeth from these other women is that Elizabeth is a firm believer in independence as well as marrying for love, and it is this that reflects Elizabeth’s intelligence. This intelligence however, does not shelter her from having a prejudiced nature. Elizabeth is the representation of prejudice in the novel (while the counterpart of pride is characterized by Mr. Darcy).
From this we can clearly s... ... middle of paper ... ...re is a complete turnaround in Marianne’s character. She is forced to - “… discover the falsehood of her own opinions and counter act by her conduct, her most favourite maxims.” Although she does this, there are still glimpses of her old self- “Marianne could never love by halves, and her whole heart became, in time, much devoted to her husband as it had once been to Willoughby.” In conclusion, from what I have examined, the statement of the title is mostly true. Throughout the novel Elinor and Marianne stick to their titles “Sense” and “Sensibility”. Elinor always follows what her mind says whereas Marianne chooses to follow her heart. This is of course, apart from the ending of the novel, in which Elinor has an emotional breakdown and acts much like Marianne.
Her figurative language is still prevalent and widely used in modern literature. De La Fayette’s innovative ideas contributed to one of the most important time periods, the Enlightenment, and continues to inspire today. The Princess of Cleves focuses on the forbidden love shared between Madame de Cleves and Monsieur de Nemours. The princess yearns for Monsieur de Nemours, but forces herself to remain faithful to her husband even after his death. Madame de Cleves often fakes illness, throughout the story, to avoid the temptation of acting on her feelings for Nemours.
As both Elinor and Marianne suffer disappointments in love, they undergo transformations that bring each character closer to the other in behavior and personality. Elinor, the epitome of all that is proper and conventional, begins to show emotions, traits that appeared to have been hidden within her. Marianne, the over-reacting and highly emotional young lady, evolves into a more mature and dignified woman. In the final analysis we find that only when these two young women achieve a balance in their lives, can they truly enjoy a peaceful existence. In other words, the novel's success is a result not of the triumph of sense over sensibility, or sensibilit... ... middle of paper ... ...rself as a mature and responsible young woman.
Jane Austen has depicted pride in her minor characters as a means of demonstrating its importance as a theme of this novel. Among the minor characters that Jane Austen uses to portray unattractive pride is Mr Collins. Jane Austen used Mr. Collins as an extreme example of how excessive pride can affect one's manner and be a very unattractive quality. In Mr. Collin's case, he prides himself on his sense of respectability, his profession, and his association with Lady Catherine. Jane Austen shows through the voice of the narrator that she disapproves of Mr. Collins, which is why she satirises him. '