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Chapters 1-23 Chapters 24-41 Chapters 42-61

1. Record three to five key passages that reveal the personality traits of your character.

Quote 1. Pg 21.
Jane: "I was very much flattered by his asking me to dance a second time. I did not expect such a compliment."
Elizabeth: "Did not you? I did for you. But that is one great difference between us. Compliments always take you by surprise, and me never."

-This passage shows Jane to be very humble when it comes to herself, and very appreciative of flattery.
Quote 2. Pg 83.
"'They have both,' she said, 'been deceived, I dare say, in some way or other, of which we can form no idea. Interested people have perhaps misrepresented each to the other. It is, in short, impossible for us to conjecture the causes or circumstances which may have alienated them, without actual blame on either side.'"

-This passage shows Jane to be sensible, and understanding. Instead of succumbing to prejudice, like her sister, she assumes the best of the two gentlemen, not the worst.

Quote 3. Pg 91.
"She then sought her eldest sister, who had undertaken to make inquiries on the same subject of Bingley. Jane met her with a smile of such sweet complacency, a glow of such happy expression, as sufficiently marked how well she was satisfied with the occurrences of the evening."

-This passage shows Jane in her primary role, the sweet and charming sister. She is ideally happy with her relationship with Mr. Bingley, and never complains.

Quote 4. Pg 110.
"' If we thought alike of Miss Bingley,' replied Jane, 'your representation of ll this might make me quite easy. But I know the foundation in unjust. Caroline is incapable of willfully deceiving anyone; and all that I can hope in this case is, that she is deceived herself.'"

-Again, Jane assumes the best of Miss Bingley, and cannot accept the fact that she may be deceitful and hold bad intentions. This may lead to her downfall.

Quote 1, pg 118
"Jane confessed herself a little surprised at the match; but she said less of her astonishment than of her earnest desire for their happiness; nor could Elizabeth persuade her to consider it as improbable".
~This passage reflects Jane's genuine optimism. Although her sister's suitor has already married another woman who is clearly not a good match for him, she still wishes them to be happy. Jane sees the best in everyone and every situation, in a naive and serendipitous sort of fashion.

Quote 2, pg 119
"As for Jane, her anxiety under this suspense was, of course, more painful than Elizabeth's, and whatever she felt she was desirous of concealing; between herself and Elizabeth, therefore, the subject was never alluded to. But as no such delicacy restrained her mother, an hour seldom passed in which she did not talk of Bingley, express her impatience for his arrival, or even require Jane to confess that if he did not come back she should think herself very ill-used. It needed all Jane's steady mildness to bear these attacks with tolerable tranquility".
~ With Mr. Bingley's absence, Jane is quite heartbroken. However, it is not in her nature to let others know that. She is very reserved about her feelings, and frequently bottles up her thoughts and emotions. This passage also reflects how proper Jane is. She is respectful and tolerant of her mother, despite how much Mrs. Bennet's words hurt Jane. The oldest Bennet daughter is reserved and introspective in her own way, and rarely lets others in on her emotional pain.

Quote 3, pg 122
"Oh, that my dear mother had more command over herself! She can have no idea of the pain she gives me by her continued reflections on him. But I will not repine. It canot last long. He will be forgot, and we shall all be as we were before... He may live in my memory as the most amiable man of my acquaintance, but that is all. I have nothing to either hope for or fear, and nothing to reproach him with. Thank God, I have not that pain. A little time, therefore-- I shall certainly try to get better--...".
~ After reading Miss Bingley's letter, Jane is certain that Mr. Bingley no longer cares for her. It is not in Jane's nature to dwell on unhappy things; rather, she looks forward to a future where this affair will be forgotten and she can be happy again. This is another example of Jane's optimism. This also gives Jane much more depth; she is not merely a pretty face at this point. She is instead an emotionally strong person who wishes to overcome pain and troubles and simply be happy.

Quote 4, pg 122
"My dear Jane," exclaimed Elizabeth, "you are too good! Your sweetness and disinterestedness are really angelic; I do not know what to say to you; I feel as if I had never done you justice, or loved you as you deserve." Miss [Jane] Bennet eagerly disclaimed all extraordinary merit, and threw back the praise on her sister's warm affection."
~ From this passage, it is obvious that Jane is a genuinely sweet and angelic type of person. What's more, she is modest and refuses to accept compliments even from her sister.

Quote 5, pg 123
"I must think your language too strong in speaking of both," replied Jane; "and I hope you will be convinced of it by seeing them happy together. but enough of this. You alluded to something else. You mentioned two instances. I cannot misunderstand you, but I entreat you, dear Lizzy, not to pain me by thinking that person [Mr. Bingley] to blame, and saying your opinion of him is sunk. We must not be so ready to fancy ourselves intentionally injured. We must not expect a lively young man to be always so guarded and circumspect. It is very often nothing but our own vanity that deceives us. Women fancy admiration means more than it does... but I have no idea of there being so much design in the world as some persons imagine."
~ Here is a passage that exemplifies Jane's level-headedness and respect for others. She is not selfish or vain, and even tries to help Elizabeth not blame Mr. Bingley for hurting Jane. She focuses attention away from herself, and almost refuses to be the victim in this situation, even though she is the one who's been hurt.

Quote 1. pg 234
"" With the kindest concern he came on to Longbourn, and broke his apprehensions to us in a manner most credible to his heart. I am soncerely grieved for him and Mrs. F., but no one can throw any blame on the,. Our distress, my dear Lizzy, is very great. My father nd mother believe the worst, but I cannot think so ill of him. Many circumstances might make it more eligible for them to be married privately in town than to pursue their first plan; and even if he could form such a design against a young woman of Lydia's connections, which is not likely, can I suppose her so lost to everything? Impossible!'"
-As usual, Jane wishes to think the best of everyone, no matter how bad it looks. She also has a very optimistic approach to life and hopes for the best in every situation.

Quote 2. pg 240
"' Of whom does Jane ever think ill? Ane who is there, whatever might be their former conduct, that she would think capable of such an attempt, till it were proved against them? But Jane knows, as well as I do, what Wickham really is.'"
-This shows the same as the first quote.

Quote 3. pg 271
" Jane's delicate sense of honor would not allow her to speak to Elizabeth privately of what Lydia had let fall; Elizabeth was glad of it; till it appeared whether her inquiries would receive any satisfaction, she had rather be without a confidante."
-This quote exemplifies Jane's ability to be trusted. She would rather not talk about secrets when she knows that it is not her place to know. She is respectable and still very private concerning herself and others.

Quote 4. pg 288
"' Lizzy, you must not do so- you must not suspect me: it mortifies me. I assure you that I have now learned to enjoy his conversation as an agreeable and sensible young man without having to wish beyond it. I am perfectly satisfied, from what his manners now are, that he never had any design of engaging my affection. It is only that he is blessed with greater sweetness of address, and a stronger desire of generally pleasing, than any other man. '"
-Jane kids herself when she continually says that she is completely indifferent to Bingley. However, Lizzy can see right through her even though she doesn't say it directly. It is obvious that Jane is flattered by Bingley's attention and sweetness. Eventually she succumbs to him and they marry, which makes her extremely happy.


2. After the first reading, consider the following: these men/women are different versions of gender stereotypes. What “type” of man/woman would each be? What do you think is Austen’s view of these stereotypes?

Jane would certainly be a stereotypical version of Austen's woman of the era. She is weak and frail, beautiful and sweet. Jane is the embodiment of all that Austen sees as good in the time period. She is the sweetness, thoughtfulness, compassionate and fragile nature of the way that people were supposed to be. Jane could be classified as a classic 'damsel in distress'. Austen appreciates the positive characteristics of this stereotype, but does not give Jane much of a personality. This shows that Austen sees beauty as a lesser quality than intelligence. However, she also values Jane's feminine kindnesses.
Jane is still the stereotypical damsel in distress. She has not changed much from the first reading, she is sweet and lovely, and she assumes the best in everyone. She is not mentioned too much in this section, but it is obvious to everyone that she is sad, although she tried to keep all her feelings inside. She was truly in love with Bingley, and he with her. The Author does like Jane, but still does not encourage her lack of personality, and inferior intelligence to Eliza.
Even at the end of the novel, Jane is still the damsel, albeit no longer in distress. After a long and difficult time away from Mr. Bingley, the embarrassment of her sister's engagement, and a great amount of time left without Elizabeth, Jane finally gets happily married to Mr. Bingley. She is still sweet, beautiful and loving. Jane embodies understanding and grace. For example, Lydia rudely comments to Jane that she is better because she is married to Wickham. Jane takes this comment with her tongue in cheek, and tries to be happy for her obnoxious little sister. Austen's view of Jane and her stereotype at this point is a gentle affection. Although Austen does not value Jane's lack of personality and intellect, it is clear that the author sees that Jane is an inherently good person. Austen also believes that those who are good to others are rewarded for their kindness, which is why Jane has a happy ending in becoming Mrs. Bingley.


3. Create a sociogram or chart in which you identify his or her relationship to others, how he or she treats others and how others treat your character. Update that diagram as the novel progresses.
Mister Bingley
Mr. and Mrs Bennet
The Sisters
Miss Bingley and other Acquaintances
sisters and best friends
same as before
still the same loving sisters
kind of a couple, they have a mutual interest
Ex-relationship, Bingley leaves her because of Darcy and his sister. Both still have feelings for each other.
Eventually happily married!!
Jane is Mrs. Bennet's favorite daughter because of her beauty
Jane is still loved by her parents
still loved by her parents
jane and her sisters all get along very well
same as before
same, except with Lydia.
friendly, cordial passers-by
No longer acquaintences
Eventually friendly after the marriage
How she treats others:
the girls get along famously, telling one another everything
same as before
same as before

Jane treats him with a reserved sort of admiration. She cares for him, and would love to marry him.
They are no longer talking but Jane still loves him; he is the first man she actually loves
she loves him very much, especially once he comes to call on her so often
Jane and her parents get along well, and sees eye-to-eye with them on most things. Jane is respectful to her parents and their wishes
She is kind to her parents; does realize that her mother is a bit ridiculous, but would never actually say it
same as before
the sisters are all cordial, not nearly as close as Jane and Lizzie
same as before
she gets along with her sisters. She is only polite to Lydia's face, because Lydia is rather cruel after her marriage to Wickham.
jane treats miss bingley with a sort of admiration and respect. they are friends, but at the same time miss bingley is almost like an idol rockstar figure.
Jane no longer feels much admiration for her because of her clear intentions of Bingley marrying Miss Darcy
Once Jane has married Mr. Bingley, they begin to get along better... Jane continues to be kind no matter what.
How others treat her:
Elizabeth loves her big sister, and admires her beauty and compassion toward others
same as before
same, and Elizabeth is always happy for Jane
Bingley finds her beautiful and sees her as wife material.

We can't be sure how Bingley feels about Jane now, but it is implied by Darcy's letter that he would still marry her.Bingley loves Jane so very much! the two are happily married
Mrs. Bennet loves her daughter Jane, and wants more than anything to see her happily married.
Both parents love Jane still and see her a better daughter than the youngest three. Mrs. Bennet is worried about how sad Jane is about Bingley.
same as before, and Mr. Bennet is very excited about Jane's marriage to Bingley. Nearly as excited as the ecstatic Mrs. Bennet....
the sisters treat Jane like the oldest sister should be treated: with respect for her beauty
same as before
Lydia is rather cruel to Jane in saying that she is better because she was married sooner than her eldest sister. Kitty, after being forbidden to see Lydia, comes to learn a lot about maturity from Jane.
miss bingley seems to almost resent jane, because jane is so beautiful and commands so much attention. this is why she is stealing the Bingleys away from their estate for the winter time.
Is cold and formal to Jane, doesn't say much when they meet, makes it very obvious that she does not wish to be close friends
Perhaps a bit resentful that Mr. Bingley married her, Miss Bingley eventually comes to terms with the marriage. They end up polite and cordial to one another, and I believe that they would eventually become friends

4. Trace the neoclassic characteristics of your character, recording two key passages from each reading.

Jane, like other characters in the neoclassic era, does not show much emotion outwardly. She remains reserved and composed in most situations. She waits until she is safe at home, usually with Lizzy, to let her emotions shine through (quoted first below). For example, when she comes home from the ball after dancing with Mr. Bingley twice, she lets out all her excitement only when alone with Elizabeth. The same situation applies when a letter comes from Miss Bingley to Jane concerning the Bingleys' leaving for the winter months. Jane holds in her emotions initially, and cries only in front of Lizzy. What's more, Austen seems to use Jane's feminine qualities as a satire for women everywhere. The way her beauty is not only external but internal as well, and the way she is treated because of this is a parallel to what society viewed as ideal. Jane is fragile and weak, and remains sick for days at the Bingley residence. This exemplifies the satire of women as weak damsels in distress that Austen does not seem to care for excessively.

  • "'What think you of this sentence, my dear Lizzy?' said Jane, as she finished it. 'Is it not clear enough? Does it not expressly declare that Croline neither expects nor wishes me to be her sister; that she i perfectly convinced of her brother's indifference, and that if she suspects the nature of my feelings for him, she means (most kindly!) to put me on my guard. Can there be any other opinion on the subject?'" pg 109

  • "'Indeed I have, sir,' was her answer. 'She is a great deal too ill to be moved. Mr. Jones says we must not think of moving her. We must trespass a little longer on your kindness.'
'Removed!' cried Bingley. 'It must not be thought of. My sister, I am sure, will not hear of her removal.'
'You may depend on it, madam,' said Miss Bingley, with cold civility, 'that Miss Bennet shall receive every possible attention while she remains with us'" Pg 47

  • "She then spoke of the letter, repeating the whole of its contents as far as they concerned George Wickham. What a stroke was this for poor Jane, who would willingly have gone through the world without believing that so much wickedness existed in the whole race of mankind as was here collected in one individual! Nor was Darcy's vindication, though grateful to her feelings, capable of consoling her for such discovery. Most earnestly did she labor to prove the probability of error, and seek to clear the one without involving the other" (200).
  • "My dear Jane, Mr Collins is a conceited, pompous, narrow-minded, silly man; you know he is, as well as I do; and you must feel, as well as I do, that the woman who marries him cannot have a proper way of thinking. You shall not defend her, though it is Charlotte Lucas. You shall not, for the sake of one individual, change the meaning of principle and integrity, nor endeavor to persuade yourself or me that selfishness is prudence, and insensibility of danger security for happiness" [said Elizabeth]... [Jane replied] "By supposing such an affection, you make everybody acting unnaturally and wrong, and me most unhappy. Do not distress me by the idea. I am not ashamed of having been mistaken; or, at least, it is slight; it is nothing in comparison of what I should feel in thinking ill of him or his sisters. Let me take it in the best light- in the light in which it may be understood" (123-124).

This reading once again portrayed Jane as a typical woman of the time, she hides her emotions and tries to make things simple to understand and sensible. In the first quote it is obvious that Jane always always always assumes the best in people, when she finds out what Wickham did to Darcy, she is as surprised as she could be. This all fits in with her satirical character, she is meant to be sweet and way too quick to assume the best. In the second quote, she will not admit how she must really feel about her cousin because she is afraid to say something bad about him. Then later on, she tries to make sense of the whole Bingley situation, and while she does, she tries to make everything simple and logical and will not analyze it the way Eliza does. Instead of thinking that maybe Bingley was convinced, she prefers to believe that he does not love her and wanted to abandon her.

The final reading again showed that Jane is meant to be an epitome of sorts of the typical woman of the time period. She hides her emotions, especially when insulted by Lydia. She holds in her elated emotions when Bingley returns, and truly shows him her happiness when he proposes. Jane is a very stable and static character. She is the person that Elizabeth trusts enough to talk about Darcy with. She offers sound advice about Lizzy marrying Mr. Darcy, and tries to be a good big sister in looking out for Lizzy. Things only get better for the two best friends/sisters, as they with their new husbands live less than thirty miles apart.

"' Ah, Jane, I take your place now, and you must go lower, because I am I married woman.'" [Jane doesn't reply] pg 268

"' I begin to be sorry that he comes at all,' said Jane to her sister. 'It would be nothing; I could see him with perfect indifference; but I can hardly bear to hear it thus perpetually talked of. My mother means well; but she does not know, no one can know, how much I suffer from what she says. Happy shall I be when his stay at Netherfield is over!'" pg 281

5. At the end of the novel, you need to compare your character to one in a modern movie or novel character.

Jane is very much like Cinderella, minus the cleaning and talking mice. Cinderella is kind, beautiful, and caring for everyone, no matter how they treat her in return. She is optimistic and even sings as she scrubs the floors. It is not until Cinderella is alone that she cries or shows true emotion. Cinderella, because she is a genuinely good and sweet person, ends up with her Prince Charming. The same goes for Jane. No matter what the situation or with whom she's associating, Jane is always sweet and kind. Jane never says anything bad about anyone else, and tries very hard to see the good in situations. Lastly, with Mr. Bingley as her Prince, Jane gets her rewards from the good karma she lives out every day. CUTE!!!

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