Elizabeth Bennet In Pride And Prejudice

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Subsequently, the character that is also known as the heroine of the novel, Elizabeth Bennet, is used to mock the preposterous marriage rules during the Regency period in England. By accepting Darcy’s marriage proposal in the end, and proudly rejecting a marriage proposal from Mr. Collins, she proves that she is against societal expectations and marries for true love instead of wealth or status. The fact that Elizabeth knows that happiness in her life is more important than money, reflects her ability to tell right from wrong, unlike many of the other women in her generation who think the complete opposite. This is proven when she rejects Mr. Collins marriage proposal, making it clear that that she is “perfectly serious in [her] refusal” (Austen …show more content…
As a protagonist, in the beginning, Elizabeth believes in the concept of acting in a prejudiced manner. She develops a merciless first impression of Darcy, but continues to give him poor attitude after the first day they meet. Although she continues to see Darcy’s poor qualities at first, she begins to realize she has affections for him after giving him chances to redeem himself since their horrible first impression. This is when she regrets having judged him by his cover in the beginning, and “gr[ows] absolutely ashamed of herself” (Austen 178). In addition, she admits that “she [was] blind, partial, prejudiced [and] absurd” (Austen 178). Elizabeth Bennet is a perfect example of someone who first gives into prejudice, but learns to overcome it for success. Even though she messes up in the beginning, she is able to rethink her situation and resolve the conflict she creates for herself. Due to this ability of hers, she gained her self a loving husband whom she can happily spend her future with. Though she is “the major character most susceptible to prejudice in the novel [she shows] that she cares for [Darcy’s] approbation even if she is unwilling to admit it” (Teachman 19). After all, it is not about how one starts, but how one finishes, and this is Austen’s way of proving that prejudice can be

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