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Which character do you think is the most important in the novel, 'Pride and Prejudice'? You should give your reasons in full, referring closely to events, speech and behaviour.

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Which character do you think is the most important in the novel, 'Pride and Prejudice'? You should give your reasons in full, referring closely to events, speech and behaviour There is a wide range of characters that Jane Austen introduces to the reader in the novel, many of them playing minor roles, and therefore comparatively less significant than the key centre characters, such as Elizabeth, Darcy, Jane, Bingley and maybe Lydia and Wickham. Out of these major characters, I think that the protagonists of the novel are Elizabeth and Darcy, and the main reason why I did not choose the other major characters is because they do not show clear signs of pride or/and prejudice. ...read more.

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Another reason why I think they are the protagonists of the novel is because Jane Austen dedicates majority of the book to their activities, implying that they are the most significant. However Jane Austen does spend time talking about the relationship between Jane and Bingley, but there is no pride or prejudice in the relationship, which puts the significance of the characters on a lower level. Again Darcy and Elizabeth affect Jane and Bingley's relationship, "But Bingley has great natural modesty, with a stronger dependence on my judgement than on his own" (chapter 35), this interference at first cause distress in Elizabeth, but then she learns to forgive him, and overlook this incident. ...read more.

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Darcy on the other hand is perceived as proud, even until the end of the novel by some characters such as Mr. Bennet, "We all know him to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man" (chapter 59), and in my opinion does not symbolise as much as Elizabeth. He makes many faults, from which he learns and corrects himself, but it would seem that Elizabeth has very little wrong, apart from her own perception of herself being prejudice, but in my opinion anyone in her situation would have felt the same way about Darcy from the knowledge she had gained from Wickham early on in the novel. Therefore in my opinion I think that Elizabeth is the protagonist of the novel, as she is mentioned throughout, and many positive qualities are portrayed through her. The other characters lack her qualities. ...read more.

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