Anthony Zalar
Niko Zalesky

Pride and Prejudice: Mr. Bingley Analysis Chapters All



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


  • "Mr. Bingley was good-looking and gentleman-like; he had a pleasant countenance, and easy, unaffected manners." (Austen 18)
    • Describes how Bingley is a gentleman and by being a gentleman he is very polite and respectful to people.

  • "he was lively and unreserved, danced every dance, was angry that the ball closed so early...Such amiable qualities must speak for the themselves." (Austen 18)
    • Bingley likes to enjoy the company and meeting of many people. He is experienced in large meetings such as balls and applies this experience to make him very noticeable by all of the guest. Bingley can just act and his actions of kindness and politeness are seen by others.

  • "To the civil inquiries which then poured in, and among which she had the pleasure of distinguishing the much superior solicitude of Mr. Bingley, she could not make a very favorable answer." (Austen 41)
    • The maturity and manners of Bingley is reflected in how other characters such as Elizabeth view him. Bingley's charming personality makes it easier for other characters to talk with him and also enjoy talking to him.

  • "Mrs. Bennet began repeating her thanks to Mr. Bingley for his kindness to Jane, with an apology for troubling him also with Lizzy. Mr. Bingley was unaffectedly civil in his answer, and forced his younger sister to be civil also, and say what the occasion required." (Austen 50)
    • Even when being thanked by others for being kind, Bingley is civil in his answer. Bingley does not view taking care of the two sisters as a hassle but is glad to take care of them for the time. By forcing his sister to be civil as well Bingley expresses the importance of respect and manors towards other characters.

  • "Bingley to all her former good opinion, heightened the sense of what Jane had lost. His affection was proved to have been sincere, his conduct cleared of all blame, unless any could attach to the implicitness of his confidence in his friend." (Austen 189)
    • Bingley was made to look like the bad guy when he left Jane for Miss Darcy but after Darcy reveals that he was the source behind Bingley leaving the other characters could stop looking at what he did as wrong except for having too much confidence in the view of his friend. After Darcy has cleared his name the characters once again see him as the gentleman he appears to be.

  • Bingley is mature, respectful, polite, and kind. These traits reflect onto his personality which is seen in the other characters through his gentleman like acts and treating the other characters with respect.

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  • "It did. Bingley is most unaffectedly modest. His diffidence had prevented his depending on his own judgment in so anxious a case, but his reliance on time, and not unjustly, offended him." (Austen 309)
    • Binlgley always tries to do what is right through the eyes of others. By doing making decisions to please others he does not always make a decision that he wants to make and may end up offending other people.

  • "Bingley was everything that was charming, except the professed lover of her daughter. His ease and cheerfulness rendered him a most agreeable addition to their evening party; and he bore with the ill-judged officiousness of the mother, and heard all her silly remarks, with a forbearance and command of countenance particularly grateful to the daughter." (Austen 290)
    • It is easy for Bingley to fit in with others. He does not mind listening to people rant on and on and does not make rude remarks against in in return.

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  • "All Elizabeth's anger against him had been long done away; but had she still felt any, it could hardly have stood its ground against the unaffected cordiality with which he expressed himself on seeing her again. He inquired in a friendly through general way after her family, and looked and spoke with the same good-humored ease that he had ever done" (Austen 224)
    • Even though another character may not like Bingley he still will not hold anything against them. In return he will be friendly and respectful to that character.

  • "Bingley she had not likewise seen for an instant, and in that short period saw him looking both pleased and embarrassed." (Austen 282)
    • If Bingley does not play a big part in a visit or a ball he is still happy to be there and enjoys himself while there.

  • Bingley is friendly and respectful. After the incident with Jane some characters do not see Bingley the same way they did at the beginning of the novel but Bingley will still teat them with the same politeness and respect which he has shown earlier. His kindness and optimism overshadow his wrongs and he still appears as a gentleman.



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?
  • Bingley is a stereotype of a gentleman.
  • He is polite and respectful to all of the characters.
    • He will try to get acquainted will others and is very sociable with them.
  • Bingley appeals to the female characters in the novel as a "knight in shining armor"
    • He is the "ideal husband" that every women would want to be with them.
    • He has all of the good qualities of a husband and will respect and love his wife.
  • Bingley does not speak highly of himself are speak down upon others.
    • He accepts everyone for who they are and respects them.

  • Austen emphasizes how this stereotype benefits men. She has the most beautiful of the Bennet sisters, Jane, fall in love with him to emphasize that in order to get the most beautiful of girls a man must be a gentlemen and give them the respect they deserve.
  • By being a gentleman to all of the characters, Bingley is liked and thought of highly by them.
  • Austen is viewing the stereotype as if a man is a gentlemen and loves a girl, then he will be rewarded by having the love returned to him.


  • When Bingley leaves Jane he loses his good opinions of the other characters.
  • By taking Darcy's advise he seems to have become more occupied with money and status then the love he had for Jane at the beginning of the novel.
    • "But that expression of violently in love is so hackneyed, so doubtful, so indefinite, that it gives me very little idea. It is as often applied to feelings which arise only from a half-hours acquaintance, as to a real strong attachment. Pray, how violent was Mr. Bingley's love?"
    • Jane is torn from the lost of Bingley and her love for him was so strong that when he left he seemed to be violent.
    • By doing so Bingley losses some of his gentleman stature but when Darcy confesses that he was the reason for Bingley's actions the characters could once again view him as a polite gentleman

HUH -- CLARIFY BELOW
  • After Darcy clears Bingley's name the other characters opinions of him return to what their initial first impressions were.
  • Austen is satirizing this through Darcy.
    • By saying Darcy made the decision the characters no longer dislike Bingley but turn their anger towards Darcy.
    • So after the characters sort out the truth they view Darcy the same way that he was initially viewed and Bingley the same way he was initially viewed.


  • Even though characters have a hard time receiving him after the incident with Jane, Bingley still appears to them as a polite and friendly gentleman.
    • As a stereotypical gentleman, Bingley does not like to gossip and that may have been on of the reasons for not seeing Jane when she visited London other then his sister trying to keep them apart.
    • Every time he visits Netherfield he always stops by to visit all of the characters even if some do not wish to see him.
    • He treats the characters with respect and equality no matter where they are on the social scale.
  • Bingley still appears as a hero to the characters.
    • Once he returns he proposes to Jane.
    • Being a moral character rewards him with love in the end.

  • LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS IDEA BELOW
  • Austen is viewing the stereotype in the way that no matter what challenges get in the heroes way in the end everything will work out.
    • Even with his sister and Darcy against marrying Jane, Bingley's good heart and character prevailed and he married her in the end.
    • Austen sees that the character who does good is rewarded.
  • Austen is also relating this back to the first quote of the book.
    • Bingley is a single and well off man and by nature he will disire to marry, he just happens to be a sterotipical, neoclassical gentleman.


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.
Character.......Relation
Description....................................................................................
Mr. Bingley and Jane
Jane and Mr. Bingley are in a constant courtship of one another thoughout the book so far. Bingley treats her as the most lovely creature he had ever laid eyes upon. While Jane treats him as if she is unworthy to be the object of his affection. They show an innocent and true love constantly maybe due to the alikeness in nature considering both are friendly and are alway looking for the best in people.
Mr. Bingley and Darcy
The book discribes Bingley and Darcy's relationship as that of best friends. They are each other's other halfs, and what one lacks in his person, the other one has. While Bingley is friendly and outgoing, Darcy often comes across as arrogant and prideful. They bring out the best in eachother. Bingley will try and make Darcy be friendlier and Darcy will try and make Bingley more serious.
Mr. Bingley and Lizzy
Bingley and Lizzy have a unique relationship. Lizzy lacks the ability to alway see the good in people that Bingley and her sister have. It said in the book that "she wants to believe in Mr. Bingley" however cant through doubt out of her mind. Bingley treats her as he would any other women. He is very gentlemanly and even recomends her to Darcy near the begining of the novel. She treats him as any sister would treat the boy who is trying to date the sister she loves.
Mr. Bingley and Mrs. Bennet
Bingley and Mrs. Bennet also have a unique relationship. Mrs. Bennet is constantly looking out for her daughters. She tryies to do each and every thing possible to get all of them happily married and only then will she be able to "live easy". So it is only natural that she loves Bingley. She views him as a perfect gentleman as well as a perfects candidate for Jane's hand in marriage. Bingley treats her as any gentleman would. He is very kind and respectful regarless of the Bennets financial status and is never rude to her.


Character.........Relation
Description......................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Jane
Bingley deep down really cares about Jane but because of Darcy's influence has broken his relations with her. After he has left for London Jane is very depressed. When the Gardners offer to take Jane to London she becomes excited because she might have a chance to see Bingley again. Jane is in love with Bingley even though he may not marry her and she is willing to go out of her way just to let him know of her love for him.
Darcy
Bingley even though is opposite of Darcy still listens to what he has to say. Bingley allows Darcy's influence him into not asking Jane to marry him because of her lack of wealth. By letting Darcy influence his decisions Bingely loses what he stands for and sways towards what Darcy believes he should do. By letting Darcy play too much of a part in his life Bingley may lose who he truly cares about for something simple such as wealth.
Mrs. Bennet
Mrs. Bennet is constanly trying to be involved with Bingley whenever she gets the chance. She invites him to dinners and walks and even to come shooting with Mr. Bennet. It is almost painful to watch as Bingley keeps his composure and gentlemanly attitude while she continues to be insuferably clingly while she embarasses her daughters.



4. Trace the neoclassic characteristics of your character, recording two key passages from each reading.
"In that respect his friend had greatly the advantage. Bingley was sure of being liked wherever he appeared; Darcy was continually giving offense." (Austen 23)
  • This here shows the neoclassical trait of satire. It is satirizing the kind of gentleman everyone at the time aimed to be. However, It also describes him as one that fits the social norms to an fine point, which is another neoclassical trait.
"On the Strength of Darcy's regard Bingley had the firmest reliance, and his judgment the highest opinion. In understanding, Darcy was the superior." (Austen 22)
  • This passage shows the neoclassical trait of humans always needing improvement. Even though Bringley is a gentleman's gentleman, he is still not perfect and has room for improvement.

"'You are quite a visit in my debt, Mr. Bingley,' she added; ' for when you went to town last winter you promised to take a family dinner with us as soon as you returned....' Bingley looked a little silly at this reflection and said something of his concern at having been prevented by business."
  • This pasage is not only satirizing Mrs. Bennets overwhelming adoration for Mr. Bingley but also shows the neoclassical trait of stressed order and following the rules to ke appearances that Bingley posses. He knows very well that it was not business that kept him from making the dinner but social rules and etiquette force him to say otherwise.
"Bingley expressed great pleasure in the certainty of seeing Elizabeth again, having still a great deal to say to her.....Eager to be alone and fearful of inquires or hints from her uncle or aunt she stayed up only long enought to hear their favorite opinions of Mr. Bingley..."
  • This passage give Bingley the neoclassical trait of always being upfront and not mysterious. It is clear that he wants to talk to Elizabeth more and he makes it apparent. Once again this passage is also characterized with satire. Bingley is such a gentleman than everyone loves him no matter who he is. Austen makes it apparently clear that there is not a soul in the world who thinks ill of him.


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

  • Bingley is like Superman.
  • Both of them care about the well being of others.
  • They have good qualities and are forgiving towards those who do not like them.
  • They have obstacles that they must overcome to help the one they love. Bingley must overcome the opinion of his friend and choose to marry Jane because he loves her. Superman must overcome kryptonite so that he can save Lois Lane who he loves.
  • They are viewed as heroes and when they visit others they are welcomed and liked by all.
  • No one has anything bad to say about superman and no one has anything bad to say about Bingley either.
  • They leave positive impressions on the people they meet.
    • When Bingley speaks to people he is always friendly and polite, because of this it makes people like him more and feel more comfortable around him.
    • Superman goes out of his way to help citizens by stopping crime or other services. By helping out the citizens they are impressed by his work and like to be around Superman.
  • Both characters succeed in the end.
    • Bingley finds Jane and marries her, allowing them to live happily ever after.
    • Superman saves Lois Lane from the villain and they live happily ever after.
      • The end for both characters is positive. Being heroes they are granted victory in the end and have a happy ending.