Pride and Prejudice Main Concept Review
Pride and Prejudice
Main Concept Review
Jane Bingley: Jane is a kind but poor woman who is eligible for marriage. She is Elizabeth's older sister who is used to show how women can marry for love even if they are focused on attaining wealth.
Elizabeth Bennet: Elizabeth is outspoken and intelligent. She represents Austen's feelings and how women are happier when they are independent.
Mr. Bennet: Mr. Bennet encourages intrelligence in women and helps balance out Mrs. Bennet's high-strung personality by being laid-back.
Mrs. Bennet is high-strung and excitable . Her only purpose is to marry all of her daughters off.
Mr. Darcy: Mr. Darcy is often rude and stubborn. However, he shows how much he cares for Elizabeth when he gets Wickham to marry Lydia so that Elizabeth will not be disgraced and they can marry.
Colonel Fitzwilliam: Colonel Fitzwilliam is Mr. Darcy's cousin and shows how just a platonic connection can not make a happy marriage.
Mr. Collins: Mr. Collins is devoted to Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and does everything she says. He proposes to Elizabeth but is rejected because she does not care for his stuck-up attitude and is used to show Elizabeth's strong sense of self.
Charlotte Lucas: Charlotte represents the other side of Elizabeth's coin and marries a man she doesn't love for the sake of security and wealth.
Lady Catherine de Bourgh: LAdy Catherine is very self-centered and serves to further support Elizabeth's opinion tat most higher-class people are stuck-up.
Mrs. Gardiner: Mrs. Gardiner represents Elizabeth's voice of reason and shows how even lower-class women can be educated and well-mannered.
Lydia Bennet: Lydia is flighty and flirty. She serves to show how flirtatiousness can lead to disaster and being focused on marriage often clouds the mind.
Role of Women
Sucess: Austen shows that success for women is often believed to be marriage to a wealthy man through the concerns of characters such as Miss Bingley and mrs. Bennet.
Education: By having a protagonist such as Elizabeth, Austen shows that she values education in women. This is also shown in the actions of Mr. Bennet and how he always encourages his daughters to learn.
Marriage: Austen ridicules the opinion that women should marry for wealth through the actions of Charlotte Lucas and her unhappy marriage to Mr. Collins.
Social Classes: Austen is showing that social classes do not matter when it comes to love through the romance of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.
Impact on marriages: It is shown that social expectations are for women to marry any man with a decent amount of money who asks. Austen uses Elizabeth's refusal of Mr. Collins to show that women can still find happiness without marrying only for wealth.
Proposals: Through Mr. Collins' unsuccessful proposal, Austen is saying that proposals should be declarations of love rather than logic.
Specific marriages: In Lydia's and Charlotte's marriages, Austen shows how marrying for wealth or in a rush of lust can cause unhappy marriages. In Elizabeth's and Jane's marriages, Austen shows that marrying for love makes happier marriages, despite status differences.