• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. 8
  9. 9
  10. 10
  11. 11
  12. 12

Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen.

Extracts from this document...


Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen was born in 1775 and died in 1817. She has written numerous best selling novels. One such novel was Pride and Prejudice, which was published in 1813. This novel reflects the life and society of Jane Austen's time. She uses the characters to describe how she feels about a number of issues. Pride and Prejudice is based on the fictional Bennet family and I will be describing how the characters change and react towards certain events that occur throughout Pride and Prejudice. Mr Bennet is the head of the family of a wife and five daughters. He is not a wealthy man as we realise that because of this, his wife is anxious to marry her daughters off to wealthy aristocrats: "Four or five thousand a year, what a fine thing for our girls."(Chapter one) Mr Bennet is an intelligent man: "Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr Collins, and I will never see you again if you do."(Chapter twenty) with good sense, because he is one of the first to visit Mr Bingley to make an acquaintance with him; "Mr Bennet was among the earliest of those who waited on Mr Bingley."(Chapter two) However Mr Bennet is not the best of fathers as he neglects his duties towards his family and therefore stays mostly in his study: "and secondly, of my room. I shall be glad to have the library to myself as soon as may be."(Chapter twenty) Mr Bennet's character develops and he realises the mistake he made in ignoring the needs of his family: "It had been my own doing and I ought to feel it."(Chapter forty-eight) He therefore becomes more attentive: "No Kitty, I have at last learnt to be more cautious."(Chapter forty-eight) He also disregards his wife because he thought he married a woman "of good humour"(Chapter forty-two) ...read more.


you do not like it, for it will make the surprise greater, when I write to them and sign my name "Lydia Wikham." What a good joke it will be!" Lydia is a thoughtless girl, as seen in her elopement with Wikham and her complete lack of remorse afterwards: "Lydia was Lydia still, untamed, unabashed, wild, noisy and fearless."(Chapter fifty-one) Lydia's character does not change, as her lack of sense and shame remains the same from the beginning of the novel till the end. Mr Charles Bingley is much like Jane. He is an amiable and good tempered man: "sensible, good-humoured, lively; and I never saw such happy manners! - so much easy, with such perfect good breeding!"(Chapter four) He is not overly concerned with class differences as he takes a liking to Jane and does not suppress his feelings for her: "the want of connection could not be so great an evil to my friend as to me."(Chapter thirty-five) Mr Bingley is very modest and easily swayed by the advice of his friends as he does not propose to Jane because Darcy directs him not to: "Bingley has great natural modesty, with a stronger dependence of my judgement than on his own. To convince him, therefore, that he had deceived himself, was no very difficult point."(Chapter thirty-five) Mr Bingley is liked by everyone because of his easy character: "Mr Bingley had soon made himself acquainted with all the principal people in the room; ha was lively and unreserved, danced every dance, was angry that the ball closed early, and talked of giving one himself at Netherfield. Such amiable qualities must speak for themselves."(Chapter two) Like Jane, Bingley lacks serious character faults and is thus static throughout the novel. His character and his love for Jane remain constant: "and a wish of saying more than might lead to mention her, had he dared. He observed to her, at a moment when the others were talking together, and in a tone which had something of real regret, that it "was a very long time since he had the pleasure of seeing her."(Chapter forty-four) ...read more.


Mrs Gardiner is an intelligent, caring woman. She is Mrs Bennet's sister-in-law but acts as a mother to Jane and Elizabeth, filling in for the inadequacy of Mrs Bennet: "Her aunt assured her that she was, and Elizabeth having thanked her for the kindness of her hints, they parted; a wonderful instance of advice being given on such a point, without being resented."(Chapter twenty-six) She warns Elizabeth of Wikham's deceitful nature and she also realises that Darcy takes a liking to Elizabeth: "Mrs Gardiner looked at her niece, desirous of knowing how she, whom the invitation concerned..."(Chapter forty-one) In the last chapter, it is mentioned that it was the Gardiners "who, by bringing her into Derbyshire, had been the means of uniting them both."(Chapter sixty-one) Mr and Mrs Gardiner's characters do not develop, as they are still kind and loving to Jane and Elizabeth as they were at the beginning of the novel right to the end. Mrs Phillips is Mrs Bennet's sister and is equal in character to Mrs Bennet. Her character does not change. Colonel Forster and Mrs Forster are responsible for looking after Lydia in Brighton, however they fail in observing her conduct. Colonel Forster helps in trying to find Lydia and knows Wikham's unfortunate character. Their characters do not develop in Pride and Prejudice, as they do not have major roles to play in the novel. The characters that undergo the most serious changes are of course the two main characters, Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. They realise their faults and amend them. Their pride is humbled and their prejudices are corrected and they become better and more clear-sighted people. Their character development is the reason why they both get married in the end. From this novel an important lesson is learnt, that we should not be prejudiced against those who are proud, because then it is we who are in the wrong. BY JANE AUSTEN MARIAM HAJAT ENGLISH COURSEWORK ENGLISH COURSEWORK Analyse and explain how the characters develop throughout Pride and Prejudice. 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Jane Austen section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Jane Austen essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Pride And Prejudice:Why is the news of the elopement of Lydia and Wickham in ...

    5 star(s)

    always so pleasing?his smiles and his easy address?? Despite this, Elizabeth is able to tell that ?Wickham?s affection for Lydia, was just what Elizabeth had expected to find it; not equal to Lydia?s for him.? He simply married her for the money.

  2. How do Darcy and Elizabeth Change and Develop in Pride and Prejudice?

    Darcy. Elizabeth and Darcy have had time to reinforce their first impressions of each other before they meet again at Rosings. Elizabeth sees nothing there to be intimidated about, being unimpressed by "the mere stateliness of money and rank." Austen presents Lady Catherine de Bourgh as an extremely arrogant, egotistical and dictatorial woman.

  1. Free essay

    Pride and Prejudice

    become more and more precious to her, "he told her of feelings, which... made his affection every moment more valuable." We know that he is aloof and thinks that all women are below him in the first scene, but in this scene, he puts Elizabeth on an equal level to

  2. Pride and Prejudice - Social class differences in the first half of Pride and ...

    Darcy at this time had been a patron to Wickham for a long while and Wickham decides to stab Darcy in his back and elope with his precious sister for the simple reason of her family money. The reason Wickham tries to do this is because with money he would feel more important and different.

  1. A Comparison of Charles Dickens and Jane Austen

    During the 1850s, over 20,000 Preston weavers went on strike for a 10 per cent increase in wages; the event received a great deal of publicity. In order to gather material for Hard Times, Dickens chose to visit the town in which he attended a meeting of factory-workers and listened to their grievances.

  2. Explore Jane Austen's presentation Of Mr Darcy in "Pride And Prejudice".

    Then, Darcy shocks Elizabeth even more when he asks her is it'd be ok for him to introduce her to his friends which she didn't expect at all as it reads "...for which she was quite unprepared", and following that, he asks if it'd be alright for him to introduce himself to his sister.

  1. How far does the theme of prejudice dominate the novels "Pride and Prejudice" by ...

    what the fine gentlemen he is and because she fails to see Wickham she is unable to prevent Lydia from eloping with him. Lady Catherine Debourgh is another prejudiced character in the Book however she lacks all the morals and principles that Elizabeth has.

  2. Pride and prejudice- how do pride and prejudice affects the relationship between Darcy & ...

    most imprudent marriage" this is a downfall on her pride towards Darcy and especially when she has a crush on him and was beginning to like him and now her prejudice towards Darcy is growing. I know this because she says "his pride and caprice were the pride of all

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work