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Pride and Prejudice

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Introduction

Jane Austen's minor characters add a great deal of interest to the novel. Examine the significance and presentation of three of the minor characters in the novel. In the novel "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen there are several important minor characters who create sub plots and add importance to the novel. The author uses quirky personalities and exciting scenes to add interest and humour. She also uses humour to intensify the atmosphere in certain scenes throughout the novel. For example when Mr Collins makes another of his long winded speeches at the Netherfield Ball he makes jokes and pointless remarks which creates an embarrassed atmosphere. The three minor characters that I have chosen to write about are Mr. Collins, Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Mr. Bingley. I have chosen these characters because they are the most significant in the novel and where a large factor to an important area of the plot. For instance when Lady Catherine de Bourgh's interference in Elizabeth and Darcy's relationship, led to them getting married. Mr. Collins is the 25-year-old cousin of Mr. Bennet. Mr. Collins, a clergyman (though possess no sign of religious beliefs through out the novel), is the closest male relation to the Bennet family and as such stands to inherit Longbourn on Mr. Bennet's death. This means that Mrs. ...read more.

Middle

"But Lady Catherine seemed gratified by their excessive admiration," (Ch.29 P.160) Her sense of her unquestionable authority and right to control people's lives is most sharply seen when she confronts Elizabeth about her rumoured engagement to Darcy. Her enjoyment of flattery is no less sickening than Mr Collins' enthusiasm to give it, Elizabeth's preparedness to disagree with her is received with disbelief. "Lady Catherine will not think the worse of you for being simply dressed. She likes to have then distinction of rank preserved." (Ch.29 P.158) this extract shows Mr. Collins' attitude towards Lady Catherine's rank and proves her arrogance and superiority. Lady Catherine's dramatic interference does, of course, ironically cause the very marriage she is attempting to avert. The confrontation can also be viewed as a clash of two opposite personalities; Lady Catherine's overpowering sense of authority and out spoken nature and Elizabeth's intelligence and excellent judgement of characters. Elizabeth can see right through Lady Catherine's jealousy and spiteful remarks. "Your father's estate is entailed on Mr. Collin's, I think. For your sake," (Ch.29 P.158) this is evidence for Lady Catherine seeing The Bennet family unworthy to own an estate by them selves like her. Elizabeth takes command of Lady Catherine's meaningless insults and uses her skill to argue her away out of the situation as she is well aware of the shortcomings of the Bennet family but will not allow them to be criticised by one such as Lady Catherine. ...read more.

Conclusion

Bingley in the presence of Darcy. Mr. Bingley is important in the novel because of his role in making Mr. Darcy agree to marry Elizabeth. He really didn't want to realize how much he loved Elizabeth so Mr. Bingley told him the truth about his feelings towards Jane and that he could see that Darcy felt the same way towards Elizabeth. Mr. Bingley also paid Mr. Wickham to marry Lydia to save the family's reputation. All of the minor characters in the novel add humour and interest to the plot. The three characters I chose to write about, all individually, add a great deal of interest and are key factors to the outcome of vital decisions made through out the story. Mr. Collins and Lady Catherine have the same personalities being both self obsessed and arrogant, while Mr. Bingley is the total opposite; polite, agreeable and kind. Jane Austen uses these two types of characters to great affect through out the novel for completely opposite reasons, Lady Catherine's fiery temper and arrogance is used to anger Elizabeth into making vital decisions into her relationship with Darcy; while Mr. Bingley takes care of Darcy's feelings and makes him understand his emotions. Jane Austen created these minor characters to add interest and humour to the novel she has succeeded in making "Pride and Prejudice" an interesting, attention grabbing best selling novel. ?? ?? ?? ?? Kathleen Gray ...read more.

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