´╗┐Analysis of Elizabeth Bennet
By Elly Maras, Claire Slak, and Jack Stanovsek

Chapters 1 through 23

Key passages that reveal the personality of Elizabeth Bennet from the reading:

1. (Darcy) "Do you not feel a great inclination, Miss Bennet, to seize such an opportunity of dancing a reel?"

She smiled but made no answer. He repeated the question, with some surprise at her silence.

"Oh," said she, "I heard you before; but I could not immediately determine what to say in reply; You wanted me, I know, to say 'Yes,' that you might have the pleasure of despising my taste; but I always delight in overthrowing those kind of schemes, and cheating a person of their premeditated contempt. I have therefore made up my mind to tell you that I do not want to dance a reel at all; and now despise me if you dare." (Chapter 10, page 54-55)

This passage shows the reader just how sharp and observant Elizabeth Bennet is in her thought process. Elizabeth's relationship with Darcy begins as a verbal game where she aims to outsmart and outwit him during every conversation. It is evident that Elizabeth can accurately determine a person's strengths and weaknesses and then act as she sees most appropriate or advantageous for the situation.

2. "Upon my word, sir," cried Elizabeth, "your hope is rather an extraordinary one after my declaration. I do assure you that I am not one of those young ladies (if such young ladies there are) who are so daring as to risk their happiness of the chance of being asked a second time. I am perfectly serious in my refusal. You could not make me happy, and I am convinced that I am the last woman in the world who would make you so, Nay, were your friend, Lady Catherine, to know me, I am perfectly persuaded she would find me in every respect ill-qualified for the situation." (Chapter 19, page 101)

In this passage, Elizabeth displays her brutal honesty and bold, headstrong opinion in response to Mr. Collin's proposal. She makes it absolutely clear that she would rather risk not marrying at all during her lifetime in order to preserve her happiness.

3. "As much as I ever wish to be," cried Elizabeth, warmly. "I have spent four days in the same house with him, and I think him very disagreeable."
"I have no right to give my opinion," said Wickham, "as to his being agreeable or otherwise. I am not qualified to form one. I have known him too long and too well to be a fair judge. It is impossible for me to be impartial. But I believe your opinion of him would in general astonish-and, perhaps, you would not express it quite so strongly anywhere else. Here you are in your own family."
"Upon my word, I say no more here than i might say in a house in the neighborhood, except Netherfield. He is not at all liked in Hertfordshire. Everybody is disgusted with his pride. You will not find him more favorably spoken of by anyone."

This passage shows how Elizabeth is in no way ashamed of her stong opinions and feels that she has a right to express them when and where ever she wants because she is certain of their validity. However she also demonstrates here her stubborn side and shows just how quickly she judges people based on one or two accounts. Wickham has known Darcy his whole life and does not want to say anything bad about him yet Elizabeth is certain of his character after only a little over four days.

4. "Nothing so easy, if you have but the inclination," said Elizabeth. "We can all plague and punish one another. Tease him-laugh at him. Intimate as you are, you must know how it is to be done."
"But upon my honor, I do not. I do assure you that my infancy has not yet taught me that. Tease calmness of temper and presence of mind! No, no; feel he may defy us there. And as to laughter, we will not expose ourselves, if you please, by attempting to laugh without a subject. Mr. Darcy may hug himself.
"Mr. Darcy is not to be laughed at!" cried Elizabeth. "That is an uncommon advantage, and uncommon I hope it will continue, for it would be a great loss to me to have many such aquaintances. I dearly love a laugh." (Chapter 11, pg 59)

Elizabeth likes to get under peolpes' skin a bit and in doing so figures out how each works. She is a very sarcastic person and as she said so herself, loves to laugh. She is more free spirited than many of the modern women of this time because her ideas are often thought to be a bit over the top by other women.

Stereotype of Elizabeth Bennet:
Through the way Elizabeth is portrayed as an intelligent, fearless, and confident leader, we can conclude that she could be stereotyped as an alpha female. An alpha female is defined as the dominant female in a group who is strong, assertive, and all powerful in her thoughts, words, and actions. Elizabeth displays these traits in one particular passage:

"Do you prefer reading to cards?" said he; "that is rather singular."
"Miss Eliza Bennet," said Miss Bingley, "despises cards. She is a great reader, and has no pleasure in anything else."
"I deserve neither such praise nor such censure," cried Elizabeth; "I am not a great reader, and I have pleasure in many things." (Chapter 8, page 43)

This passage portrays how Elizabeth is completely confident in her individualty. She will stand up for herself and correct others if and when she sees fit. Furthermore, she will confront and address anyone. Elizabeth will get her point across no matter what in a matter that is still scceptable and not impolite.

Austen's view of this stereotype:
Austen was supportive of this stereotype of Elizabeth because it portrayed her as a strong woman in an era where woman weren't meant to be so powerful and individual as she is. The influence that this type of character had on other characters in the book was really very important and Austen would definately want her readers to have a new sort of respect for this rare type of girl. It may also be a sort of self reflection or a character that Austen really wanted to play with to show people and see how they react to such an introduction.

Relationship to Elizabeth
How She Treats Individual
How Individual Treats Her
Rude friend of Bingley's who
eventually falls for Elizabeth
Elizabeth greatly dislikes Darcy, to say
the least. After first meeting him, she is
so disappointed by his arrogance and
states she, "could easily forgive his pride,
if he had not mortified [her own]." Later
in the novel, after speaking with Wickham,
Elizabeth further dislikes Darcy for she
believes Wickham information, stating he
had stolen his father's inheritance from
him by using a loophole.
Darcy treats Elizabeth with what is bascially
feigned nonchalance. He acts as though she
were just another house guest at Netherfield
when in reality he finds himself totally
enraptured in the difference in personality
she is. He likes her more than he should
and so ignores her as much as possible
even if that will shortly become impossible.
Wealthy tenant of Netherfield
who loves Elizabeth's sister
Elizabeth can be seen almost as the
person bringing Bingley and Jane back to
earth. She is careful to be sure that
Bingley is as in love with Jane as she he.
She finds that she wants to believe
Bingley but she always has doubts of him
in her mind. When Bingley supposedly
leaves Jane for Darcy's sister, Elizabeth
tries to comfort her sister, saying it was
probably all his sister's doing.
Bingley treats Elizabeth with the most
respect and admiration outside her family.
He made sure that she felt welcome in his
home and often stood up for her when her
ideals came into question.
Militia soldier of whom
Elizabeth likes and completely
believes information about
Darcy given to her from him
Elizabeth likes Wickham, evident from her
disappointment when she realizes that he
would not show up at Bingley's ball if
Darcy was at the same event. She puts
a lot of trust into Wickham, believing all
that he told her about Darcy's supposed
past. She is attracted to him due to his
charm and good looks.
Wickham is facinated with Elizabeth and is
genuinely interested in hearing her views on
certain areas,especially those regarding
Darcy. He likes that she is somewhat
outspoken and is very good at playing along
with her sense of humor. Seems to be the
perfect gentleman.
Father of Elizabeth and her four
sisters; very witty and satirical
Elizabeth likes her father, Mr. Bennet, due
to his wit and humor to irritate her mother.
This is especially evident after Elizabeth
refused to marry Mr. Collins. Her mother
threatened to never to talk to her again if
she didn't marry him, so in response her
father threatened to never speak to her if
she did marry him.
Mr. Bennet recognizes that Elizabeth has
her head about her and likes her different way
of thinking in that it leads to her being a fine
individual. Sees her as an equal almost and
wants only the best for her because he
believes she deserves it.
Next in line to inherent the
Bennet's house; unexpectedly
proposed to Elizabeth
Knowing that Mr. Collins is the next owner
of her family home, Elizabeth goes to great
lengths to tolerate his pompous and
overbearing nature. Even when Mr. Collins
proposes to Elizabeth, she, as respectfully
as possible, denies him.
Although clueless, Mr. Collins is only trying
to be as civil as he sees possible to
Elizabeth and her sisters. He treats her as a
prize to be won though and therefore quickly
loses her favor.
Elizabeth's ditsy sister who
has fallen head-over-heels for
Elizabeth can be seen almost as a
chaperon between Jane and Bingley. She
keeps the two in check, saying to wait for
the relationship to fully develop before they
act on emotion. With this said, Elizabeth
obviously cares for her older sister greatly,
trecking through three miles of dirt and mud
to accompany her at Netherfield during her
Jane definitely sees Elizabeth as a pillar
to lean against; Elizabeth supports her
through the valleys and the troughs. She
keeps Jane's feet on the ground and raise
her up in times of need. This can be
seen when Elizabeth treks to Netherfield
to be with Jabe when she was sick as
well as lying to Jane when Bingley goes
off to marry Darcey's sister.
Mrs. Bennet
Fussy and gossipy mother of
Elizabeth who tries desperately
to get both Jane married to
Bingley and Elizabeth married
to Collins
Elizabeth gets both very annoyed and
embarrassed due to her mother's noisy
impediments on both Bingley and Darcy.
She finds her mother frustrating after having
rejected Mr. Collins, for she causes drama
saying that she would never see Elizabeth
again if she didn't except the proposal
immediately. Overall, Elizabeth finds her
mother frustrating, above all else.
Mrs. Bennet seems to treat not only
Elizabeth, but all of her daughters as
an asset to be married off to whoever she
chooses. When she tries to become
closer to Darcy and Bingley, she
ultimately embarrasses her entire family.
She seems oblivious to this however,
and so she continues to be the literary
"uncool parent."
Younger sister of Elizabeth
who loves to go into town to
visit her aunt and see the militia
Elizabeth is caring towards all of her
sisters, obviously, however Lydia is so
contrastingly different from Elizabeth that
Elizabeth seems to get annoyed with her
little sister from time to time.
Lydia also loves her sister, however
she treats her rather indifferently through
the novel's progression; she doesn't treat
Elizabeth badly but she doesn't
necessarily treat her well. There is not
much interaction between the two up
to this point.
Elizabeth's best friend who
accepts the proposal of Mr.
Collins after Elizabeth rejects
At the beginning of the novel, Elizabeth and
Charlotte are seen as the closest of friends
with varying opinions. She treats her with
the respect a friend deserves, however she
disagrees with her on the topic of marriage.
Charlotte believed that one should head
into marriage based on wealth and emotion
felt at that point in time. Elizabeth said it is
important to wait out and see how you really
feel about those feelings. This happened to
be foreshadowing, as Charlotte accepted
Mr. Collins' proposal, shocking Elizabeth.
Charlotte also treats Elizabeth very
respectfully, as a best friend should.
Although the two had varying opinions
on what true love was, she
acknowledged her opinion. However this
obviously means that she didn't respect
that opinion, for she excepts Mr. Collins'
proposal in an obvious clash against
'Elizabeth. She is marrying him based
on his position as inheritor of the
Bennet's property once Mr. Bennett
Mrs. Gardner
Elizabeth's aunt who can often
be found giving advice to her
many nieces
Elizabeth like her aunt, for she gives her
valuable advice about the going-ons of the
many characters and love throughout the
Elizabeth's aunt treats her very kindly,
always having an open home for her
favorite nieces. She loves to have them
over to give them advice as to what they
should do in the situations they were in.

Key passages that represent the Neoclassic characteristics of Elizabeth from the reading:
1.(Darcy) "Do you talk by rule, then while you are dancing?"

(Elizabeth) "Sometimes. One must speak a little, you know. It would look odd to be entirely silent for a half hour together; and yet, for the advantage of some, conversation ought to be so arranged as that they may have the trouble of saying as little as possible."

(Darcy) "Are you consulting your own feelings in the present case, or do you imagine that you are gratifying mine?"

"Both," replied Elizabeth, archly: "for I have always seen a great similarity in the turn of our minds. We are each of an unsocial, taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak, unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room, and be handed down to posterity with all the eclat of a proverb."

"This is no very striking resemblance of your own character, I am sure," said he. "How near it may be to mine I cannot pretend to say. You think it a faithful portrait, undoubtedly?"

"I must not decide on my own performance." (Chapter 18, pg 89)

This passage reflects the Neoclassism characteristics of restraint of emotion, logic, and a need to follow rules and maintain reason. Throughout the entirety of this passage, Elizabeth shows clear rationality and intellect while talking to Darcy, but she does not show her true emotions. She hides behind her smart quips and wit instead of exuding her feelings for Darcy to dissect. Also, the content of the passage consists of a conversation about having a conservation: the proper dancing/talking etiquette, her view on it etc.. She also tells Darcy her analysis and comparison of herself to him and how seemingly similar they are to one another. This displays Elizabeth's thoughtful logic.

2. "'Your plan is a good one,' replied Elizabeth, 'where nothing is in question but the desire of being well married; and if I were determined to get a rich husband, or any husband, I dare say I should adopt it. But these are not Jane's feelings; she is not acting by design. As yet she cannot even be certain of the degree of her own regard, nor of its reasonableness. She has known him only at his own house, and has since dined in his company with him four times. This is not quite enough to make her understand his character." (Chapter 6, pg 30)

This passage also reflects the Neoclassism characteristics of restraint of emotion, logic, and a need to follow rules and maintain reason. Elizabeth is combating her friend Charlotte's suggestions of a plan to marry Jane and Bingley. She explains that it is a good plan to simply obtain a husband, and a rich one at that. But Jane's feelings for him are at this point puppy love; she doesn't really know how she will feel about Bingley in the future. She doesn't know if she really does love him and to act on marriage while feeling these emotions was simply unreasonable; it goes against reason. She has to spend real long term time with him in order to determine his true character and ultimately if she loves him or if she does not.

As well as these passages, many instances throughout the first reading of this novel pointed towards other characteristics of Neoclassism. For example, satire can be seen in the character of Mr. Collins' image of himself. Although he really is just a little step above of the Bennets, he associates himself with the high class of peoples such as Lady Catherine, ultimately making him seem like a fool. The novel itself is not in anyway put into a mysterious or obscure setting; its just plain Jolly Old England.

Chapters 24 through 41


Key passages that reveal the personality of Elizabeth Bennet from the reading:
1. "Nay," said Elizabeth, "this is not fair. You wish to think all the world respectable, and are hurt if I speak ill of anybody. I only want to think you perfect, and you set yourself against it. Do not be afraid of running into any excess, of my encroachment on your privilege of universal good-will. You need not. There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer whom I think well. The more I see the world the more I am dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of either merit or sense." (Page 122)

With this passage, one can see that Elizabeth maintains her honest and blunt approach about situations through the way she confides in and advises her elder sister Jane. It is clear that she also has a strong opinion and a strong conviction about those beliefs.

2. "More than once did Elizabeth, in her ramble within the park, unexpectedly meet Mr. Darcy. She felt all the perverseness of the mischance that should bring him where no one else was brought; and to prevent its ever happening again, took care to inform him at first that it wasa favorite haunt of hers." (Page 163)

Throughout the book, the reader usually sees one side of Elizabeth: the blunt and witty one. But in this passage and in the first pages of Chapter 33, Austen shows us a different and more vulnerable side of her main character. Elizabeth is walking through the garden on several occasions contemplating Jane's letters and the motives of Mr. Darcy. Thus, She reveals her introspective and pensive attributes which can help her to determine the opinions we constantly hear her speak of.

3. "She is abominably rude, to keep Charlotte out of doors in all this wind. Why does she not come in?" "Oh, Charlotte says she hardly ever does. It is the greatest of favors when Miss De Bourgh comes in." "I like her appearance," said Elizabeth, struck with other ideas. "She looks sickly and cross. Yes, she will do for him very well. She will make him a very proper wife." (Page 143)

Although this is a short excerpt it does a good job of highlighting Elizabeth's synical sense when it shows her basically demeaning a woman of great stature in front of people who think Miss De Bourgh is nothing short of the living end. As usual Elizabeth is totally unimpressed by the actions of those with great pride in their wealth. However this passage has a deeper meaning to the humor that Austen hints at in Elizabeth's personality. The humor is used to make Elizabeth feel better about her standings when she is able to "get back" at others through the wits of a phrase and thereby also distracts herself from feeling any disappointment.

4. "She had once or twice suggested to Elizabeth the possibility of his being partial to her, but Elizabeth always laughed at the idea; and Mrs. Collins did not think it right to press the subject, from the danger of raising expectations which might only end in disappointment; for in her opinion it admitted not of a doubt, that all her friend's dislike would vanish if she could suppose him to be in her power." (Page 162)

Through the eyes of Charlotte we see that Elizabeth plays right into her role as alpha female because she only dislikes people if she cannot feel some sort of control over them. This more insecure side of Elizabeth adds a whole new dimention to her character build because usually she is taken as calm and cool but this lets us get a better glimpse of what she really feels like on the inside about other people of status and commoners.


Stereotype of Elizabeth Bennet:

"Upon my word!" cried her ladyship, "you give your opinion very decidedly for so young a person! Pray, what is your age?"
"With three younger sisters grown up," replied Elizabeth, smiling, "you ladyship can hardly expect me to own it."
Lady Catherine seemed quite astonished at not recieving a direct answer; and Elizabeth suspected herself to be the first creature who had ever dared to trifle with so much diginifed impertinence. (Page 149)

In this chapter, Elizabeth maintains her 'alpha female' stereotype through the way she remains brave and confident in the presence of Lady Catherine. While most women of her time would be intimidated by the celebrity of Lady Catherine, Elizabeth treats her like any other person, replying cleverly to her questions and keeping composed throughout the visit.

Austen's view of this stereotype:

We believe that Austen uses Elizabeth as an example of how she wants women to act in society; fearless, bold, and assertive. On many occasions, Elizabeth can be viewed as a strong and opinionated individual. In this era, men usually took on this dominating role, but as one can see Austen likes to rebell against this order through the way she portrays her main character, a woman, as such.


Relationship to Elizabeth:
How She Treats Individual:
How Individual Treats Her:
Elizabeth's passionate and insulting lover
Elizabeth at first treats Darcy with contempt. Not only was he the man who had betrayed Wickham, he had betrayed her own sweet and trusting sister by persuading her love interest onto his sister. She even disrupted his proposal to her, showing she was very rude to him indeed. Confronting him about her concerns, she finds that he is only trying to do what he felt was socially best for his friend. Concerning her concerns about Wickham, Darcy shows her that it was Wickham with whom she should be resentful of, for he was as fake as fake could be, going after Darcy's own sister to get to her fortune. Knowing this, Elizabeth feels remorse for having been so harsh to Darcy and had good natured feelings of love.
Darcy, after first completely judging Elizabeth, finds himself falling more and more dangerously in love with Elizabeth. Showing that he truly has feelings and cares for her, he passionately proposes to her. And when he is denied by her, he does all he can to defend himself to prove to her that he is really in love with her. This is shown by his exposing of Wickham for the true con-artist that he was. Darcy has fell into the dangerous trap that Elizabeth's love plays on his life.
Elizabeth's sister's supposedly former lover
Although Bingley does not at all physically appear in this section of the reading, his absent presence is certainly felt by many characters. Elizabeth refers to Bingley as having no merit or true honor after hearing of his letters stating that he would not be coming back to Netherfield for the winter. This just shows how very skeptical Elizabeth is of people that she does not truly know.
Again, Bingley was not physically present in any of the scenes during this portion of the reading, so all that can be said about his attitude towards Elizabeth are in his letters to Jane. He, therefore, is insulting to Elizabeth, since he would not be coming back to Netherfield for a while and since he was supposedly marrying Georgina, though this may turn to be untrue.
Elizabeth's former love interest who eventually turns to use others.
Firstly, after hearing of Wickham's blatant attempt to try to marry Ms. King for her fortune, Elizabeth turns completely cold to Wickham. After reading Darcy's letter and deciding the legitimacy to be true, Elizabeth find disgust in Wickham, though she really does not show him this in their interactions. Austen describes their final conversation as the tow being coldly civil to each other. The two put up with each other, but Elizabeth really never wants to see him ever again. This is seen by her avoidance of seeing the soldiers in town, though Lydia so greatly desired to see.
Wickham, after hearing that Elizabeth knows of his infidelity and dishonor, treats Elizabeth exactly as she treats him; coldly yet civilly at the same time. on the inside, the two do not care for each other much at all. They never speak to each other again after this section, showing that the once passionate relationship between the two is no dead for the truth has be found out due to Darcy.

Mr. Bennet
Elizabeth's quite careless father. He seems to distance himself from the families affairs, especially with the love knots.
Also a character that did not seem to appear very much in the section of the reading, much like Bingley. The only time he does appear, he has no real grasp as to what his daughters' situations are. Elizabeth seems to simply ignore her father, because she knows that he is ignorant and has no idea the situation that her and Jane are in with Wickham, Darcy, and Bingley.
As stated before, Mr. Bennet's presence in this section of the reading is very limited. The most significant point in the reading for this character is his conversation concerning Elizabeth with Wickham. He tells her to go for love with Wickham, as Jane found with Bingley. This shows how very uninvolved of a father he is to his daughters. he distances himself from their problems and relationships. He seems to be the complete opposite of the Gardners, Mrs. Gardner in particular. While they try to do everything to help their nieces, Mr. Bennet does everything to avoid any complication with his daughters.
Mr. Collins
The husband of Elizabeth's best friend who at first proposed to Elizabeth.
After first being invited by Charlotte to visit her and Mr. Collins at their estate, Elizabeth was very reluctant, and who wouldn't be after she had rejected the very man who had proposed to her. Yet, though very skeptical, her visit with the tow was very pleasant, with no awkwardness, and she ends up enjoying her stay. Elizabeth is pleasantly surprised on how her visit commenced.
Although one may think that Mr. Collins would have resentment against Elizabeth due to his rejection, he did not show it, if there, during the reading. He enthusiastically welcomes her to his home and treats her with much respect and much kindness. Upon her leave, he wishes Elizabeth all the luck in the world at finding true love. This may have been a satirical jab at him made by Austen, for Collins does not have truelove; he married for status while Charlotte married for money.

Elizabeth's very good natured sister.
Elizabeth can be seen as Jane's protector, as the book progresses. Her alpha female stereotype makes this so. She tells Jane that she feels Bingley is inept and wrong for not coming to Netherfield for her during the winter. She completely strikes against Darcy for having trying to split Bingley and Jane apart, though only by location, not by relationship. She is the caring sister who does not want to see so nice of a person be manipulated and mistreated.
Jane has the same amount of respect and caring that Elizabeth does for her. She still uses Elizabeth as a pillar to lean upon. When he receives letters form Miss Bingley, she first confines in Elizabeth, for she is her closest sister and her best friend, in actuality.
Mrs. Bennet
Elizabeth's noisy and resentful mother.
Elizabeth sees her mother as a constant nag to getting married, and this really does not change. Though there are not many examples this section of Elizabeth's treating of her mother, Elizabeth still finds her annoying to be around.
Mrs. Bennet treats Elizabeth rather cruelly throughout this section, but this is to show her the nervousness of Elizabeth's marriage. after welcoming her daughters home, Mr. Bennet shows true sadness at the loss of Mr. Bingley as well as unhappiness at the supposedly happy marriage of Mr. Collins and Charlotte. She does this in a way that Elizabeth knows what she meant by it.
Elizabeth's completely opposite sister, who is just like he mother.
Elizabeth shows detest, towards the end of this reading, at Lydia want to see the soldiers in Meryton before they leave. She also detests Lydia peculiar interest on the state of Wickham's marriage, saying that he had been saved when a woman did not marry him. It would be annoying to hear one's younger sibling say this about one's former love interest.
Although very annoying, Lydia does show some respect towards Elizabeth when telling her that Wickham was still open and he was saved from marriage from another women. She seems to have good intentions, but they come across like her mother's.
Elizabeth's best friend who married the very man who rejected him.
As stated before when speaking about Mr. Collins, Elizabeth did not seem to enthusiastic when she was invited to stay with Charlotte and Mr. Collins. She sees Charlotte, at this point, as just like Wickham; both marry for money, no for love. But during her pleasant stay with the two, Elizabeth returns the niceness that she received of the two.
Charlotte seems to be very encouraging towards Elizabeth, saying after one awkward visit that Darcy must still have those same feelings that he suppressed for her in Netherfield. She is very kind towards Elizabeth throughout the entire stay.
Mrs. Gardner
Elizabeth's favorite aunt.
Elizabeth love Mrs. Gardner due to the extreme concern she takes in Elizabeth and Jane's lives. She sees Mrs, Gardner as more involved than her father.
Mrs. Gardner treats both Elizabeth and Jane as if they are one of her own. Seeing Jane's unhappiness she and her husband invite her to London with them to cheer her up. Seeing Elizabeth in such a difficult situations, she gives good advice to be very careful around Wickham.
Lady Catherine
Nobel woman who Elizabeth meets with
Elizabeth does not seem to like Lady Catherine, for she is more of an alpha female than she is, if possible. Lady Catherine critiques Elizabeth on everything move she makes, thus thoroughly annoying her. It would be extremely annoying to have someone being very critical of any mistake you did .
Lady Catherine, in turn, treats Elizabeth very critically, but she enjoys this. She is saddened to see Elizabeth go, for she loved o show her how to act properly.

Key passages that represent the Neoclassic characteristics of Elizabeth from the reading:
1.(To Jane in reference to Bingley) "Your first position is false. They may wish many things besides his happiness; they may wish his increase of wealth and consequence; they may wish him to marry a girl who has all the importance of money, great connections, and pride." (page 123)

The neoclassical trait which coincides with this quote is the importance of order and the need of man to be in constant improvement. With this example, it is evident that Elizabeth rationalizes the situation between Bingley and Jane by deciding that it is because of social class and money. Due to these reasons, his friends and family do not want him to pursue Jane.

2. "We have dined nine times at Rosings, besides drinking tea there twice! How much I shall have to tell!" Elizabeth privately added, "And how much I shall have to conceal." Their journey was performed without much conversation, or any alarm;..." (Page 193)

The neoclassical idea of restraining emotion is directly addressed here as Elizabeth rationalizes what is to be shard as common, knowledgable stories and what she feels she needs to keep to herslef. This is Elizabeth keeping to herself about things she is unsure of; her particular ideas of men and society as some of those certain aspects. Though she is always calm and cool on the inside, it is getting harder for Elizabeth to reason through her feelings.

Chapters 42 through then endElizabeth-Bennet-Darcy-pride-and-prejudice-3942751-750-563.jpg

Key Passages That Reveal Personality Traits:1. "And of this place," thought she, "I might have been mistress! With these rooms I might have now been familiarly acquainted! Instead of viewing them as a stranger, I might have rejoiced in them as my own, and welcomed to them as visitors my uncle and aunt. But, no," recollecting herself, "that could never be; my uncle and aunt would have been lost to me; I should not have been allowed to invite them." (page 214)
This passage shows Elizabeth's stubborn nature through the way she refuses to be regretful and melancholy about her refusal to marry Darcy. It is clear that she knows the consequences of her decision and therefore does not let her imaginative mind take control of her emotions by fantasizing about what might have been hers (Pemberley) if she had accepted Darcy's proposal. LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS

Another example of Elizabeth's stubbornness is when it begins to affect her evolving relationship with Darcy in this passage:

2. Darcy walked away to another part of the room. She followed him with her eyes, envied everyone to whom he spoke, had scarcely patience enough to help anybody to coffee, and then was enraged against herself for being so silly...She could think nothing more to say; but if he wished to converse with her he might have better success. He stood by her, however, for some minutes in silence; and at last, on the young lady's whispering to Elizabeth again, he walked away.

Elizabeth wants so badly to speak with Darcy intimately, but then when given the opportunity, does not but instead is practically speechless due to her stubborn nature.

3. "It was consoling that he should she had some relations for whom there was no need to blush. She listened most attentively to all that passed between them (Darcy and her uncle), and gloried in every expression, every sentence of her uncle, which marked his intelligence, his taste, or his manners." (page 220)

This passage illustrates how conscientious Elizabeth is when it comes to impressions and reputations. She wants Darcy to think highly of her family. She can be described as being concerned about how others perceive her family and the effects it has on the person's opinion of her.

4. "Now, be sincere; did you admire me for my impertinence?"
"For the liveliness of your mind I did."
"You may as well call it impertinence at once; it was very little less. The fact is, that you were sick of civility, of deference, of officious attention. You were disgusted eith the women who were always speaking, and looking, and thinking for your approbation alone. I roused and interested you because I was so unlike them. Had you not been really amiable, you would have hated me for it; but in spite of the pains you took to disguise yourself, your feelings were always noble and just, and in your heart you thoroughly despised the persons who so assiduously courted you. There-I have saved you the trouble of accounting for it; and really, all things considered, I begin to think it perfectly reasonable. To be sure, you knew no actual good of me; but nobody thinks of that when they fall in love."

This passage may be one of the best throughout the novel that captures as much of Elizabeth's personality. We are reminded of her quick wit and her frankness that though sometimes bold, makes her an enjoyable character. This passage also displays Elizabeth as the teasing, laughing individual that is not afraid of having a good time with someone but the seriousness of the topic displays her ability to keep her wits about her and to know when she is going too far. The fact that she talks about love in such a high regard is a twist to who we know her to be but only adds to the depth of her well rounded character.



Stereotype of Elizabeth Bennet:
(To Lydia) "I thank you for your favor," said Elizabeth; "but I do not particularly like your way of getting husbands." (page 269)

In the beginning of the last reading, we see Elizabeth take a step back and really ponder her thoughts on Darcy. We also begin to see her introspective and deeper sides come out. Furthermore, we cannot identify Elizabeth as so confident anymore for she is a bit unstable emotionally. However, this quote seen later on in the last reading reinforces our description of Elizabeth as an alpha female through the way she calls Lydia out on her shot-gun wedding. Elizabeth's quick wit has at last come back, and we can again see how Austen utilizes Elizabeth as the dominant female she is.

Austen's View of This Stereotype:
As it has been said, Austen is a supporter of the women like Elizabeth who can hold their own in a male dominant society. Austen is particularly making a point in this instance because the ignorance of girls like Lydia obviously was not approved and quickly revoked by Elizabeth putting her back in her place as the younger,much more foolish sister. If Austen was in fact partial to her type of behavior, Lydia would not have been made out to look like such a naive and careless character. Lydia was one to conform to the society as it was and only cared about looking good to those standards and with Elizabeth's refusal of becoming like her we see Austen does not approve of Lydia's actions and what is essentially "good" to society.

Relationship to Elizabeth
How She Treats Individual
How Individual Treats Her
Elizabeth's new husband; it took a while for the two to truly realizes their feelings for each other, but they are hopelessly in love by the novel's end.
The progression of Elizabeth's treatment of Darcy from the beginning of the novel to the end is the most drastic of any character, going from complete dislike to marrying him. She loves Darcy, evident through her accepting his proposal. In this reading, upon hearing of Darcy's involvement in his runaway sister's finding, Elizabeth tries to show how grateful she is toward Darcy. She tries to prove that she now loves him, different from when she rejected him many months ago.
Likewise, Darcy treatment of Elizabeth is just as drastic. At first commenting on only her flaws, Darcy falls completely in love with Elizabeth both Elizabeth realizes her feelings for Darcy, causing an improper proposal. Darcy goes to great measures, during this reading, to show just how much he loves Elizabeth. he pays off one of his enemies to marry her sister so that the family's reputation is not forever destroyed. He shows that he truly loves Elizabeth by the novel's end.
Elizabeth's brother in law, married to her sister Jane. Jane and Bingley, like Elizabeth and Darcy, also took the entire novel to marry, for her was gone.
Elizabeth and Bingley really do not interact with each other during this section of the reading, however from Elizabeth's happiness of her sister's engagement to him, it shows she has grown to eventually trust Bingley and she respects him.
As stated before, the two did not interact directly with each other through the novel's proceedings, however from his love of Jane one can see that he cares for the entire family, Elizabeth included.
Elizabeth's other brother in law, married to her sister Lydia. While Lydia is clueless and satisfied with Wickham, she overlooks his intentions of the marriage.
Elizabeth and Wickham go through a roller coaster of treatment to each other throughout the novel's plot. At first liking each other, Elizabeth comes to hate him for effecting her prejudice towards Darcy. By the end of the novel, the two come to see each other on good terms, for Elizabeth approaches him saying the two needed to be civil now that they were related.
Throughout the novel, Wickham lies, manipulates, and completely insults Elizabeth. We found it very gracious of Elizabeth to even continue to communicate with the character. It is always Elizabeth who approaches him about civility, though he does give her a slap in the face by trying the same trick he payed on Elizabeth with her sister, and succeeding.
Mr. Bennet
Elizabeth's distant father, who really has no clue to what is going on his daughters' lives.
In this section of the reading, Elizabeth has already realized how distant and uninvolved in her her life her father is. She understands that he just does not get her; she needed to actually convince him that she loves Darcy. His ignorance never ceases to amaze her.
At one point in the reading, Mr. Bennet actual tries to involve himself with Elizabeth; after receiving the letter from Mr. Collins about Darcy's proposal, he tries to laugh at it with Elizabeth. He completely doesn't get it; Elizabeth has loved Darcy for some time now and its no excuse for him not to know that the two don't hate each other anymore.
Mr. Collins
The husband to Elizabeth's best friend Charlotte, Mr. Collins shows a very condescending attitude in this part of the reading towards the entire Bennet family.
Again, these two characters do not directly interact with each other, but responding to his cruelty towards their family it times of crisis, she doesn't like him. Who could like a person who is not only extremely arrogant and self engrossed, but who openly judges their family in their lowest points, saying Lydia's running away was the family's fault for not raising her properly.
Mr. Collins treats Elizabeth both graciously and kindly through his letter congratulating Elizabeth on her engagement to Mr. Darcy. Yet at the same time his sticks his big nose into their business again, judging that it was the family's fault for not raising Lydia to be proper.
Mr. Gardner
Elizabeth's rather involved uncle who takes the responsibility of finding his niece and rouge lover.
Elizabeth finds Mr. Gardner to be a father to her, more so then her own father, because he takes it as his responsibility to save her family's reputation. Though she eventually finds that it was Darcy who really saved her family, Elizabeth is still grateful to Mr. Gardner for being so involved.
Mr. Gardner takes Elizabeth under his wing, taking her away on vacation to Pemberley. He then seeks to comfort the family, trying to find Wickham and Lydia in London, though Darcy beats him to this task. He obviously cares for the family, more so then Mr. Bennet seems to do so.
The caring and good natured sister of Elizabeth, the two are best friends with each other by the end of the novel.
Elizabeth and Jane are very ecstatic in this section of the reading, and for good reason. Jane is the first person that Elizabeth confides the secret of her engagement to, showing just how close the sister are and how they are each other's best friend. Elizabeth treats Jane as any good sister would; she respects her and loves her unconditionally.
Jane treats Elizabeth exactly how the latter treats the former. Both sister are openly excited for each other upon hearing of their engagements, though for the first time Jane shows slight doubts to Elizabeth, repeatedly asking her if she was sure that she loved Darcy.
Mrs. Bennet
Elizabeth's loud, embarrassing, and obnoxious mother who nearly has a heart attack from three of her daughters being married within a couple of months of each other.
Elizabeth is extremely embarrassed by Mrs. Bennet in this section of the reading, especially whilst she was talking to Bingley and Darcy. She is completely rude to Mr. Darcy while being extremely pushy on Mr. Bingley, and Elizabeth cannot believe that her other is not only embarrassing, but she has now picked up rude characteristics. At this point, who would not be fed up by the constant irritation their mother creates?
Mrs. Bennet, always has the best intention for her daughters; she just wants them to be well off so that she knows when she and Mr. Bennet are gone, the y will be provided for. Knowing this, she still treats Elizabeth rudely by insulting Mr. Darcy by not annoying him. She annoys the wrong person this time, not realizing the it was Mr. Darcy who was really responsible for Lydia and Elizabeth's marriage.
The Mrs. Bennet-like sister of Elizabeth.
Elizabeth is fed up with Lydia, as she is her mother. At this point, Lydia had done everything wrong and almost ruined her family forever by running off without forewarning the family. Not only has she done this, she does not even acknowledge it upon her arrival at Longbourne, further frustrating Elizabeth. She just does not listen to her elders and Elizabeth is sick of it.
Lydia treats everyone in this section horribly through her ill-decision and ignorance. she worries the entire family by running away with Wickham and, upon her arrival home, she does not apologize. Instead she brags of how amazing her wedding was. Treating any person this way can obviously frustrate them.
Elizabeth's best friend who marries the man she had rejected.
Charlotte really was not present in this section of the reading, however due to her status as best friend of Elizabeth, one can infer that Elizabeth treats her kindly.
By Charlotte visiting Elizabeth and Darcy to congratulate them, it shows that she still cares for her best friend. Other from that, there was no mention to Charlotte anywhere else in the reading.
Lady Catherine
The snoody and uppity critique of the Bennet who take measures, that ultimately fail, to assure that her daughter marries Mr. Darcy.
By the end of the novel, Elizabeth had to hate Lady Catherine. Though she was extremely rude to Elizabeth, she is grateful to her because she reveals that Darcy still has feeling for her, though not knowing she was doing. Elizabeth keeps a straight face, so as not to let Lady Catherine see her true feelings for Darcy and she insults her by saying she would never keep a promise to not engaging Mr. Darcy.
Lady Catherine was extremely rude and ignorant towards Elizabeth. She actual shows up at her home, demands to know her status with Darcy, and tries to end any connection between the two out of selfishness for her own daughter. She unknowingly reveals that Darcy likes Elizabeth in this way, though that was certainly not her intention. She even goes on to say that Elizabeth was not worthy of him because she did not have proper heredity, blaming her for nothing she had control over.
Mrs. Gardner
Elizabeth's caring aunt who take strides to make Elizabeth comfortable after the news of Lydia and Wickham.
Elizabeth loves Mrs. Garner as the mother she wants to replace with her own; she finds that Mrs. Gardner is extremely kind towards her by trying to comfort her during the Lydia family crisis.
Mrs. Gardner treats Elizabeth with kindness and respect, trying to comfort her in every way possible.

Key passages that represent the Neoclassic characteristics of Elizabeth from the reading:´╗┐

1. (After Elizabeth had finally told Jane of her engagement to Darcy, Jane refuses to believe it and say she dislikes him. She responds,) "'You know nothing of the matter. That is all to be forgot. Perhaps I did not always love him so well as I do now; but in such cases as these a good memory is unpardonable. This is the last time I will ever remember it myself.' Miss Bennet still looked all amazement. Elizabeth again, and more seriously assured her of it truth." (Page 312).

Elizabeth not only only shows restraint of emotion, she also shows how man is in constant need of improvement. Firstly, she shows the neoclassical characteristic of restraint of emotion through her serious addressing of the topic of her engagement. One would think a woman would go hysteric with excitement revealing to her sister and best friend that she is engaged, but Elizabeth seriously holds those emotions back. She seriously answers Jane's acquisitions, and in doing so reveals part of Darcy's neoclassical characteristic. It was true that she had disliked Darcy greatly, yet, he had changed and improved. She had absolutely despised him at the beginning of the novel, yet he was constantly changing himself for the better until eventually he became the perfect person for Elizabeth.

2. (After concise dialogue between Wickham and Elizabeth regarding Pemberley) They were now almost at the door of the house, for she had walked fast to get rid of him; and unwilling, for her sister's sake, to provoke him, she only said in reply, with a good-humored smile: "Come, Mr. Wickham, we are brother and sister, you know. Do not let us quarrel about the past. In future I hope we shall be of one mind." (Page 278)

In this passage Elizabeth shows great restraint of character because she would like nothing more than to call out Wickham for his less than gentlemanly behavior and how he is a compulsive liar. Elizabeth knows her place though and wants to keep order about her house and within her family so she takes the time to compose herself, a task which could not have been easy, and therefore kept all conversation between them civil. This was above all a restraint on her part to control herself and remember that exposing Wickham at this point was not logical and would not do any good.

A Modern Character Who is Comparable to Elizabeth: Elizabeth Swann
The similarities of these two young female characters go much farther beyond sharing the same first name. Elizabeth Swann is never shy when it comes to voicing her opinions, especially when they are going to be of some use to her surrounding characters. She is also very smart and cares for those she loves, much like Miss. Bennet. Most importantly, Elizabeth Swann, as her father's favorite (only) child, knows what it is like to be in love with someone her family does not particularly approve of. Neither Elizabeth intended to fall in love with men that were opposites of who they were meant to marry, but both in turn found that those very men were the ones that would end up making them happiest despite their first thoughts about them. These perfect matches were both discovered after rejecting men their families wanted to see as husbands. Easily these consistencies prove that the want of real love and finding it in unexpected places connect these two characters.