Compare And Contrast Jane And Elizabeth In Pride And Prejudice

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In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice the characters of Jane and Elizabeth have very different personalities and ways of handling life. Jane and Elizabeth are the two eldest Bennet sisters and are extremely supportive of each other, but contrast vastly in personality. In the book and throughout the story they feel the pressure of both their parents expectations and societies. Both girls do an exceptional job of not breaking under this pressure. Also, they do not settle even when it may be in their best interest, they continue to look for things they love and not go for what is secure and will give them the easiest time. They listen to others but in the end they make the choice that is best for themselves and are able to break away from the norms …show more content…
On the one hand, Jane is an innocent and can be at times naïve and is someone who trusts people very easily. While Elizabeth is much less trusting, more criticizing, and quicker to judge. Jane is also prettier than Elizabeth, and is even described as the most beautiful of the Bennet girls, while Elizabeth has been described as “tolerable”. We see how Mrs. Bennet sees Jane when she says, “I do not like to boast of my own child, but, to be sure, Jane—one does not often see anybody better-looking”. Although Elizabeth is thought of as good looking she is much attractive because of her intelligence and her wits. Jane is friendly and good natured and tends to see the best in people. While, Elizabeth is much more critical of people and the way they act. Jane is the only person in the household to not see Mr. Darcy in a bad light when they first meet him at the ball, while Elizabeth has already set her mind to not liking him. Jane is much more positive than Elizabeth who could be described as more skeptical of people and things. Jane is also more prone to hiding their emotions and the ways she feels as to not upset or burden anyone, while Elizabeth speaks plainly and isn’t afraid to say what she thinks. Because Jane is more reserved with her emotions, Mr. Bingley is easily swaded to not pursue Jane for marriage. And vice versa, it 's because Elizabeth is so …show more content…
She is also better suited to live in the 21st century as she is strong willed and driven. Both women break from the norms of their times and don’t settle for a ok marriage. They both go after love and something sustainable to make them happy. In the end they both find the love they are looking for and don’t settle for less. Even when people don’t think the best of them they keep their heads high. In the book Jane could have cried every night when Bingley left, but instead she moved on with her life and went to London. And, Elizabeth could have expected Mr. Collins offer of marriage, and lived a nice relaxed life. But both girls stuck to their gut and did what they felt was best, no matter what anyone else

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