Pride and Prejudice Review Megan Hostetler 5
Pride and Prejudice Review
Megan Hostetler 5
Mr. Darcy: does not favor Elizabeth at first, rude and prideful, later gets over his pride and marries Elizabeth due to love and not money.
Elizabeth Bingley: described as sarcastic, intelligent, unlike other women at the time, and believed in marriage for love and not just money
Jane Bingley: very agreeable, fancies Mr. Bingley, extremely passionate and lovable
Mr. Bennet: favors Elizabeth the most, the father of the Bennet sisters, has a comical relationship with Mrs. Bennet
Mrs. Bennet: added into the story for comical relief, not intelligent, views marriage as a gateway to wealth and not love, only cares about marrying off her daughters, favors Jane
Mr. Collins: he tells Elizabeth that he could marry any one of her sisters, is a full of himself, thinks that any woman would be lucky to marry him
Charlotte Lucas: ends up marrying Mr. Collins in the long run, is desperate for a husband because of her age, friends with Elizabeth Bennet
Mary Bennet: used as comical relief throughout the story, philosophical throughout the book, loves to read
Mr. Bingley: very agreeable man, fancies Jane Bingley, ends up marrying Jane
Roles of Women
Success: The success of marriage in this book played a key role in the development of the character’s relationships and who they were as a people.
Education: Education played a major role in Austen’s development of the characters and this theme. Elizabeth was portrayed as the intelligent one of the family. She married not just for wealth, but for love. This shows how intelligence can affect your perspective of marriage. Mrs. Bennet was not as intelligent as Elizabeth, and she did not just marry for love.
Marriage: Marriage is the key theme of this book. There are many marriages in this book that symbolize many different things, such as money, wealth, social class, and love. Society pressures the characters to marry a respectful, wealthy man despite their inner feelings towards their spouse.
Proposal: Austen clarifies the fact that every woman who is proposed by a man that has wealth or money should not turn down the offer. Elizabeth is shown turning down two proposals from Darcy and Mr. Collins, which differentiates her from the stereotypical woman in this time period.
Specific relationships/marriages: There are many significant relationships that are shown and developed throughout the book. One of them is Jane and Mr. Bingley. They are shown having an agreeable and proper relationship that is the stereotype for their time period. Darcy and Elizabeth have some disagreements in the start of their relationship, however, they end up getting past their pride and marrying each other for love. Charlotte and Mr. Collins only marry because of the desperation of Charlotte. They also marry because it is what everyone else was doing and they felt the need to follow the “social trend” of the time.
Social classes: The social classes of this British time period forced the characters of this book to follow the stereotypes that life said was the right thing to do. The higher social classes, like the Bingley sisters, would belittle and judge the social classes lower than them, such as the Bennet family. This is shown when Elizabeth shows up at the Bingley house covered in mud.
Impact on Marriage: When a couple would get married in this book, numerous things would take place. The couple would either marry for money, for love, or for social status. The societal pressure to marry someone respectful also impacted the marriage and who married who in Austen’s book.
Satire and Irony
Satire: This is used when Mr. Bennet teases Mrs. Bennet, his wife. He is always teasing her about how little common sense she has and how she doesn't think on her feet.
Irony: Irony is used in multiple places in the book. Austen uses irony to portray Darcy and Elizabeth's relationship. They went from disliking each other to marrying each other, which is ironic.