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Elizabeth Bennet


Elizabeth is the heroine of the novel - she is used by the narrator more than any other
character in the novel as a centre of consciousness from which to view events.
She is the second oldest of the Bennet sisters and Mr Bennet's favourite daughter.

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Elizabeth's physical appearance:

Elizabeth's figure is 'light and pleasing', and her most striking physical attribute is her dark
eyes, whose 'beautiful expression' catches Darcy's attention very early in the novel. - Darcy
finds that this expression makes her face 'uncommonly intelligent' and this combination of
intelligence, beauty and vitality in…

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She stubbornly ignores anyone's opinion that strives to defend Darcy - she immediately
accepts Wickham's story about him - 'since he is unacquainted with several parts of the story,
and has learnt the rest from that friend himself, I shall venture still to think of both gentlemen
as I did…

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Darcy's Letter reveals to Elizabeth her own prejudice - she calls herself 'blind, partial,
prejudiced, absurd.' Her reaction shows that she's honest enough to admit that she was
wrong, and brave enough to confront her flaws.
The change in Elizabeth's relationship with Darcy, shows that she is willing to change…

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his definition of happiness in 'For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and
laugh at them in our turn?'.
Especially in the second part of the novel, Elizabeth has a seriousness that her irresponsible
father lacks. She is no longer willing to laugh at the…

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Elizabeth's development is most marked in her coming to understand the character of a
complex and good man, to appreciate the intensity and consistency in his love for her, and to
love him in return.
By then end of the novel, Elizabeth is a more mature and deep character herself,…


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