Character Profiles: Part 1 (Elizabeth Bennet (Has very strong views on…
Character Profiles: Part 1
Strong willed, independent, stubborn, prejudiced, somewhat close minded, slightly proud, though this is far from a major trait.
Not the 'typical' woman of the time.
Prefers to go against the social norms of the time, could be considered a Regency Period punk.
Has very strong views on things like marriage.
Thinks people should marry for love, not materialistic things.
She is not impressed by wealth or titles, she values propriety, good-manners, and virtue.
Beautiful, desirable, kind, caring,
Her good nature leaves her vulnerable to insincere people such as Miss Bingley.
Very static, she remains a model of virtue throughout the story.
Shares Elizabeth's view of marriage.
Neither proud nor prejudiced, she gives everyone a chance to prove themselves. This is not always the best decision, however.
Very proud, aware of how desirable he is for women.
Slightly prejudiced towards Elizabeth when he first sees her.
Shares Elizabeth's views on marriage after he learns from her.
Seems too be somewhat socially anxious, prefers not to dance or talk to others at social events.
Very rich, reserved, sensible, is taught by Elizabeth that class is not everything.
Shares many traits with Jane: good-tempered, amiable, and neither proud nor prejudiced, despite his wealth.
Very rich, however is unconcerned by class differences.
His modesty can lead to him being easily swayed by others, such as when Mr Darcy convinces him not to marry Jane.
A good contrast to Mr Darcy: he is easy going, relaxed and easy to like, whereas Mr Darcy is more reserved, quiet and slightly hostile to newcomers.
Shares Elizabeth's view of marriage.
Does not seem to care for her daughters as individuals, only wants to see them secure profitable marriages.
Very foolish and quick-tempered, easily wound up by MR Bennet.
Does not provide her daughters with a proper education, as such may be considered a bad mother.
Looks out for her daughters as a collective, wants to see them have a secure life. However, this does not always equate to a happy life, as she almost forces Elizabeth to marry Mr Collins.
Very intelligent, weary after decades of marriage to Mrs Bennet, seems to favour Elizabeth over his other daughters.
Prefers to make sure his daughters are happy as individuals, even if they may not have a secure life/marriage.
Calm, collected, always keeps his cool when faced with problems. This is only broken when Lydia leaves for Brighton with Mr Wickham and makes some very poor choices.
Mary is the middle Bennet girl, sensible, smart and quiet.
She makes awkward and profound observations about human nature and life, showing herself as a philosophical person.
It is made clear the Mary finds her peace while studying, reading, and playing piano, and dislikes going out in public.
Catharine 'Kitty' Bennet
The second youngest Bennet girl, Kitty shows very little individuality. Instead, she imitates Lydia to the point of not knowing how to cope when her younger sister leaves.
When Lydia leaves for Brighton, Kitty spends more time with her older sisters and learn how to be herself, instead of simply copying everything Lydia does.
This turns out for the best as Kitty's character improves towards the end of the book, and prevents Kitty from doing something similar to Lydia's elopement.
The youngest Bennet girl is foolish and flirtatious, never considering the consequences of her actions.
She is Mrs. Bennet's favorite daughter because they share similar (though frivolous) interests.
Elopes with Mr Wickham, going against Elizabeth's warning of him.