Pride and Prejudice Characters

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Elizabeth Bennet

  • The protagonist of the novel.
  • The most intelligent and quick-witted of the Bennet family and one of the most well known female characters in English Literature.
  • Her honesty and virtue is shown through dialogue and coloured narrative.
  • Her sharp tongue often leads her to making hasty judgements about other characters; yet the novel is about her finding self-knowlegde and accepting her faults so that she can be happy. 
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Fitzwilliam Darcy

  • Elizabeth's male counterpart.
  • Son of a wealthy, well-established family and master of Pemberley, his high birth and wealth make him overly proud.
  • He proves himself worthy of Elizabeth in his numerous attempts to pursue her. Despite judging to harshly and appearing somewhat 'villainous' by the end of the novel it is clear that he is perfect for Elizabeth.
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Jane Bennet

Elizabeth's beautiful older sister. Jane’s gentle spirit serves as a foil for her sister’s fiery, contentious nature. Her love for Bingley is unhampered by pride or prejudice. Jane constantly aims to perceive the goodness in other people and their actions.

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Charles Bingley

Darcy's wealthy best friend. His relationship with Jane is spoken of throughout the novel. Good-natured, cheerful and friendly, looking out for others. Eager friendliness contrasts with Darcy's cold reception.

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Mr Bennet

The patriarch of the Bennet household, Elizabeth's father. Driven to exasperation by his ridiculous wife and difficult daughters. Detached attitude towards his family assisted by frequent sarcasm. His detachment from his family makes him a weak father, his poor attitudes towards Lydia’s immature behavior nearly leads to general disgrace when she elopes with Wickham. He would rather withdraw from the situation that deal with it rationally as a father should.

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Mrs Bennet

Noisy, foolish and extremely tiresome character. Consumed by the idea of her daughters getting married, she thinks of absolutely nothing else. Ironically, her lack of social graces lead to her causing the repelling of Darcy and Bingley. Austen uses her to highlight the necessity of marriage for young women.

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