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Elizabeth Bennet certainly has problems with formulating her opinion of people rather abruptly

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Brian Allen 10/3/05 Per. 3 Pride and Prejudice Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austen, is a romantic novel about the problems amongst different social classes in England during the 18th century. The novel centers on Elizabeth Bennet, who despite having an intolerable family, is a vivacious, smart, and agreeable person. Elizabeth, however much an agreeable person, judges people rashly and lets other people's stories cloud her view of people. Elizabeth does have prejudices towards certain people, mostly to people of the higher social class, to which she views them as proud, arrogant, and selfish. Elizabeth at the beginning of the novel quickly formulates her opinion of a certain Mr. Darcy; she believes him to be ungentlemanly and bestows her prejudices onto him. Although Elizabeth has these prejudices, her character matures, and she learns to overcome her judgments in the end through her love for Mr. ...read more.


Darcy, and she treats it as gospel. "Your character was unfolded in the recital which I received many months ago from Mr. Wickham (163)." This once again shows Elizabeth's gullibility to believe anything that is told to her about other people's characters. However, Elizabeth does end up learning more of Mr. Darcy and her once rash opinion begins to change. Elizabeth finally starts to learn about other people's true personality once she opens her eyes up, and she finally finds the good in other people. Elizabeth, upon meeting Miss Darcy, finds out that after being with her for, "very few minutes convinced her that she was only exceedingly shy. She found it difficult to obtain a word beyond a monosyllable (217)." Finally, after meeting Miss Darcy Elizabeth realizes that others were wrong, Miss Darcy is just a shy person, not proud and rude. ...read more.


Darcy could in fact improve her as a person, "...and from his judgment, information, and knowledge of the world, she must have received benefit of greater importance (261)." Mr. Darcy's deeds did not stop there, as he ensured the marriage of 2 of Elizabeth's sisters, and donated a large sum of money to ensure the "happiness" of Elizabeth's sister Lydia. In the end Elizabeth accepts Darcy's hand in marriage, and now she is changed and is happy. "I am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice (321)." Elizabeth's character has matured greatly nearer the end of the novel, as she learns much about the people she usually labels negatively. She also finds that her new husband Mr. Darcy, to which she once thought to be detestable, is most agreeable and a great person. The development of Elizabeth Bennet in this novel is tremendous, a once prejudice and judgmental girl is now a changed and happy woman. ...read more.

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