Analysis of Charlotte Lucas

Part 1 Chapters 1-23Part 2 Chapters 24-41 Part 3 Chapters 42-end//
1. Passages that describe Charlotte's personality:
  • "Lady Lucas was a very good kind of woman, not too clever to be a valuable neighbor to Mrs. Bennet. They had several children. The eldest of them, a sensible, intelligent young woman, about twenty-seven, was Elizabeth's intimate friend," (Austen 25).
    • This very description about Charlotte gives the personality traits that Charlotte is indeed sensible and intelligent. These traits are seen throughout the book when Charlotte talks to Elizabeth about marriage and love.
  • "'Well,' sad Charlotte, 'I wish Jane success with all my [[#|heart]]; and if she were married to him to-morrow, I should think she had as good a chance of happiness as if she were to be [[#|studying]]...the person with whom you are to pass your life,'" (Austen 30).
    • This section describes Charlotte as a really sensible person. It also describes her thoughts about marriage.
  • "I hope you will be satisfied with what I have done. I am not a romantic, you know - I never was.I only ask for a comfortable home...,"(Austen 116).
    • This describes Charlotte as what she claimed to be the entire book, someone who doesn't want love but only a comfortable place and lifestyle to have for the rest of her life. This is one of the many reasons why she accepts Mr. Collins' proposal.
  • "Elizabeth felt that Charlotte expressed herself on every point exactly as she might have foreseen. she wrote cheerfully, seemed surrounded with comforts, and mentioned nothing which she could not praise," (Austen 133).
    • Elizabeth describes Charlotte as seeming to be happy and comfortable with her new lifestyle.
  • "Mrs. Collins welcomed her friend with the liveliest pleasure, and Elizabeth was more and more satisfied with coming when she found herself so affectionately [[#|received]]. She saw instantly that her cousin's manners were not altered by his marriage,"(Austen 141).
    • Charlotte seems to have stayed the same to how she was before she was married, which is being sensible, comfortable, and somewhat happy.
  • "When Mr. Collins said anything of which his wife might reasonably be ashamed, which certainly was not seldom, she involuntarily turned her eye on Charlotte. Once or twice she could discern a faint blush; but in general, Charlotte wisely did not hear,"(Austen 142).
    • Charlotte seems to ignore Mr. Collins sometimes to keep herself happy. Also, this also shows their marriage and how it effects their personalities and lives.
  • "Howsoever that may be, you are grievously to be pitied; in which opinion I am not only joined by Mrs. Collins...,"
    • With Charlotte not being in the [[#|reading]]a lot, it was difficult to pick out personality traits. With that being said it can be concluded that Charlotte had not changed and that she was still the sensible and kind person that she had always been. In Mr. Collins' letter he says that they all care deeply about what has happened. This just proves that Charlotte is still that caring person she was before Mr. Collins.
2. Men/Women stereotypes
  • When Charlotte is first introduced, she's introduced as being a sensible and intelligent 27 year old. She's the typical woman who is unmarried and older than the usual age of getting married. She is desperate for marriage for the sake of rank and a comfortable lifestyle. We feel like she is not the typical women stereotype. Many of the women in those days were supposed to be witless and only wanted marriage to the higher class. Charlotte however, is described as intelligent and not wanting to be married except for comfort. She could care less about the social class of someone just as long as her marriage leads to a comfortable lifestyle.
  • Charlotte becomes the stereotypical wife, however she is unhappy with her lifestyle yet she doesn't address it to anyone besides Elizabeth. Even though she's unhappy she [[#|deals]]with her marriage because she is just happy to be in a comfortable lifestyle Even with her being unhappy, yet comfortable she think that that's normal in life.
  • Charlotte's character was absent during this last reading. The stereotype that Charlotte fits under really has not changed from the beginning of the reading. Charlotte has been a static character with little change. So the stereotype that she fits into is that she is unhappy with her comfortable life. Austen uses the satire of marriage and love to show that marriage was truly overrated and generally leads to people being unhappy.

3. Sociogram of relationships

With Charlotte
How They Treat Charlotte
How Charlotte Treats Them
Best friend of Bingley
Not enough information yet.
possibly lost respect when she married Mr. Collins
Not enough information.
Not a lot of information but probably lost respect when Darcy insulted Elizabeth.
She doesn't really see much of Darcy other than his money. She thinks that if Elizabeth continues to snub him and offend him that she's stupid and throwing away an opportunity.
Charlotte is happy that Elizabeth and Darcy finally ended up together and that she is to have a comfortable lifestyle with Darcy.
Elizabeth Bennet
Best friend of Charlotte.
Charlotte and Elizabeth are best friends who have different opinions. Elizabeth treats Charlotte with the greatest amount of respect.
Didn't understand Charlotte's decision to marry Mr. Collins, but after seeing how happy she was and how her life was with him she respected the decision.
Considering the fact that they are best friends, Elizabeth treats Charlotte with respect and very kindly.
Likewise, Charlotte treats Elizabeth with the same amount of respect. Charlotte respects Elizabeth's different opinions about marriage and love.
Still treats her with a great amount of respect. Happy to see her after getting married and treats her like nothing ever happened.
Not much was said about Charlotte in this reading. However, Charlotte does visit Elizabeth and Darcy. This visit shows that Charlotte still cares for Elizabeth even though they don't talk that often anymore.
Mr. Collins
Eventually marries Charlotte.
He is not in love with Charlotte, he just wanted a wife. Yet he treats her with respect.
Treats her with respect and gives her the comfortable home that she could ask for from anyone else.
Mr. Collins treats Charlotte the same way that he treated her last reading, there was not a lot of information to prove that anything had changed in the relationship.
She does not love him. She just married him to have a comfortable married life.
Still isn't in love with him but tries to make the best out of the marriage. She distracts him and tries to get him out of the house by telling him to go on walks or going to neighbors houses.
The same goes for Charlotte's feelings towards him. Not a lot of information so not much can be said about their relationship any further.
Mrs. Bennet
Mother of best friend
She talks down on Charlotte most of the time, and seeks compliments for her own daughter.
Believes that Charlotte is very stupid for marrying Mr. Collins.
No information.
She doesn't hate Mrs. Bennet and seems to really like her.
Charlotte knows that Mrs.Bennet thinks her decision was stupid and that she thinks she's awaiting the Bennet estate.
No information.
Lady Catherine
being neighbors they see each other at parties or go over to each other houses. Lady Catherine treats everyone like she's better than them and Charlotte isn't an exception.
No information.
Same thing goes with Charlotte's attitude towards her. She believes that Lady Catherine is a sensible older woman.
No information.

4. Characteristics of Neoclassicism
  • The idea of true love and marriage.
    • Charlotte reveals that her opinion about marriage is informal and not based on true love, but instead of needing to follow the trend of being married to someone established. When Charlotte says "happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chanceā€¦It is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life," one can truly see her opinion about marriage and that the entire matter of it is only chance (Austen 30).
    • Charlotte still feels like marriage's are happy by chance and not by love. Though she's not happy in her marriage she feels like she's comfortable. She doubts that she'll find love with Mr. Collins, yet she likes him and is happy that he gave her the opportunity to have that comfortable lifestyle that she always wanted.
    • Charlotte doesn't follow the tradition of getting married into a wealthy family. Although, her efforts leave Charlotte being unhappy yet with a wealthy man, though she doesn't love him. Charlotte's imperfection is that she must reevaluate a truly important relationship.
  • Stress
    • Again, Charlotte was not in the reading a lot. However, it can be concluded from the other readings that Charlotte is the kind of person that easily gets stressed. Also, she runs and rushes into serious situations without truly thinking about it. However, that mainly plays into the type of person she is and the stereotype that Charlotte fits under.
    • Austen uses the satire of the notion of rushing into things serious without truly thinking about it. This results in getting less than what you bargained for.
5. Charlotte as a modern day movie character or novel character.
  • After looking at all of the personality traits of Charlotte, she can be compared to Tess from 27 Dresses. Tess is very naive and she rushes into marriage with someone who she hardly knows for the sake of being married. The sake of being married applies to both, both married for the sake of being comfortable and stable in a relationship with a man. Likewise, Elizabeth can then be compared to the main character, Jane from 27 Dresses, who waits for true love and supports everyone else who gets married no matter what. LET'S TALK ABOUT PERCEPTION WITH THIS

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