Pride and Prejudice Review
Pride and Prejudice Review
Full of himself. Very obsessed with Lady Catherine. Wants to marry Elizabeth because he thought he could. Ends up marrying Charlotte Lucas. Obnoxious and somewhat stupid.
Main character. Marries Mr. Darcy. Wants to marry for love not class. Has a very mistaken impression of Darcy for the first half of the book. Rejects Darcy's first proposal. Also rejects Mr. Collins.
Elizabeth's older and prettier sister. Marries Mr. Bingley. Very reserved. Prettiest Bennet sister.
Dense. Mother of all of the Bennet girls. Favors Jane or Lydia. has very prejudice ideas on marriage. Stereotypical mother in the 1800s (marriage obsessed)
Marries Jane. Extremely kind and rich (though not as rich as Darcy). His sister and friend get in the way of his relationship with Jane
Humorous. Father of all of the Bennet girls. Does not care as much about marriage as Mrs. Bennet does. Seems to be tired of Mrs. Bennet a lot and makes fun of her in a way she does not always understand.
At first seems like a nice person and Elizabeth is interested in him. Letter from Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth reveals that he is not as nice as he seems and extremely poor.
Married Elizabeth. Proposes to her twice. Has a bad past with Wickham. Feels superior to others of lower class but overcomes that when he realizes he likes Elizabeth.
Lady Catherine de Bourgh
The patroness of Mr. Collins. Snobby and rich. Wants her daughter to marry Mr. Darcy. Does not like Elizabeth at the end because she ignores her commands to not marry Darcy.
Bad singer. More of a secondary character than Jane. At the end of the book she is not engaged or married.
Married to Mr. Collins. Has very different ideas of marriage than Elizabeth does. She just wants to be secure and marry anyone. Elizabeth's friend. 27 years old
Mrs. Bennet's sister-in-law. Very kind to Elizabeth. Takes Elizabeth to Mr. Darcy's house for a tour. Darcy ends up coming home a day early and seeing the Gardiners and Elizabeth.
Mr. Darcy's brother. Elizabeth has some conversations with him and Lady Catherine interrupts them a lot. He seems nicer than Mr. Darcy
Dense like her mother. Very into handsome military men. Ends up running away with Mr. Wickham with the hopes of eloping. Wickham does not elope with her until Darcy pays him about 10,000 pounds to marry Lydia and to make it real.
Sister of Mr. Bingley. She likes Mr. Darcy and does not want Elizabeth to marry or be interested in him. Also does not want Jane to marry Mr. Bingley because the Bennet family is of "low connections"
Role of women
Women were always accomplished in what they did. (As talked about by Bingley and Darcy)
It was not a big thing for women, if they ever went back to school it was more of a charm school than a real school.
Women needed to find a high class wealthy man to marry. Were often obsessed with the idea of marriage. (Austen humors this and shows through Elizabeth that this was not necessary)
Men needed to be of high class and wealthy and women at least needed to marry higher up. (Austen ridicules through using Elizabeth showing that people should marry for personality)
Impact on marriages
People always wanted to marry up. If you are not rich you better have one heck of a personality if you ever want to get married. (Austen ridicules with first sentence)
Everyone had to get married at some point, you should always move up when marrying. Sometimes women denied the first proposal to entice the man further.
There are many different types of marriages. Some are completely influenced by class and wealth, others only somewhat, and some that are entirely based off of love though that was not as common. Austen clearly supports marrying for love more because of her main character being Elizabeth
Mr. Bennet uses a lot of satire to humor Mrs. Bennet and to make her ideas seem somewhat stupid.
Example: Mr. Bennet saying that he isn't going to help Mrs. Bennet with introducing Mr. Bingley to the family and makes it seem like he would not know why he should.
When Mrs. bennet was talking to Mr. Bennet about how she would have to live when Mr. Collins and Charlotte take the estate and he responded by saying, "my dear, do not give way to such gloomy thoughts. Let us hope for better things. Let us flatter ourselves that
may be the survivor" (Austen 90)
Mr. Collins when talking about Lydia running away with Wickham, “let me advise you then, my dear Sir, to console yourself as much as possible, to throw off your unworthy child from your affection for ever, and leave her to reap the fruits of her own heinous offence” (Austen 199)
Mr. Bennet talking about Marry's singing, “that will do extremely well, child. You have delighted us long enough” (Austen 69)