Pride and Prejudice- Character Analysis

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1. Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy

1.1. the wealthy owner of the renowned family estate of Pemberley in Derbyshire,

1.2. Handsome and tall

1.3. Intelligent

1.4. lacks the social ease that comes so naturally to his friend Bingley.

1.5. Others frequently mistake his aloof decorum and rectitude as further proof of excessive pride

1.6. Darcy is greatly valued by those who know him well

2. Jane Bennet

2.1. the eldest Bennet sister, twenty-two years old

2.2. considered the most beautiful young lady in the neighbourhood

2.3. sweet

2.4. shy

2.5. her most notable trait is a desire to see only the good in others

2.6. contrasted with Elizabeth as equally sensible but not as clever

3. Charles Bingley

3.1. wealthy young gentleman of 23, who rents Netherfield Park

3.2. good-natured

3.3. handsome

3.4. contrasted with his friend Mr Darcy as being more kind and more charming and having more generally pleasing manners, although not quite so clever

3.5. lacks resolve and is easily influenced by others

4. Elizabeth Bennet

4.1. The second of the Bennet daughters, she is twenty years old

4.2. Intelligent

4.2.1. She likes reading a lot of books

4.3. lively

4.4. playful

4.5. attractive

4.6. witty

4.6.1. with a tendency to judge on first impression (the "prejudice" of the title) and perhaps to be a little selective of the evidence on which she bases her judgments.but with a tendency to judge on first impression (the "prejudice" of the title) and perhaps to be a little selective of the evidence on which she bases her judgments.

5. Mr. Bennet

5.1. a gentleman of modest income with five unmarried daughters

5.2. has an ironic, cynical sense of humour that irritates his wife

5.3. Though he loves his daughters (Elizabeth in particular), he often fails as a parent, preferring to withdraw from the never-ending marriage concerns of the women around him rather than offer help

6. Mrs Bennet

6.1. frivolous

6.2. excitable

6.3. narrow-minded

6.4. she imagines herself susceptible to attacks of tremors and palpitations when she is displeased

6.5. Her main ambition in life is to marry her daughters to wealthy men.

7. Lydia Bennet

7.1. the youngest Bennet sister, aged 15

7.2. frivolous

7.3. headstrong

7.4. Her main activity in life is socializing, especially flirting with the officers of the militia.

7.5. Lydia shows no regard for the moral code of her society, and no remorse for the disgrace she causes her family.

8. Caroline Bingley

8.1. the snobbish sister of Charles Bingley

8.2. Miss Bingley harbours romantic intentions for Mr Darcy, and she is jealous of his growing attachment to Elizabeth and is disdainful and rude to her

9. George Wickam

9.1. the son of Mr Darcy's father's steward

9.2. officer in the militia

9.3. superficially charming and rapidly forms an attachment with Elizabeth Bennet.

10. Lady Catherine de Bourgh

10.1. possesses wealth and social standing

10.2. haughty

10.3. pompous

10.4. domineering

10.5. possesses wealth and social standing

11. Georgiana Darcy

11.1. Mr Darcy's younger sister, aged 16

11.2. quiet

11.3. amiable

11.4. shy

11.5. extremely talented at the piano, singing, playing the harp, and drawing

12. William Collins

12.1. Mr Bennet's clergyman cousin and heir to his estate, aged 25

12.2. pompous

12.3. Lacking in common sense

12.4. servile

13. Charlotter Lucas

13.1. Elizabeth's friend who, at 27 years old, fears becoming a burden to her family and therefore agrees to marry Mr Collins

14. Kitty Bennet

14.1. the fourth daughter at 17 years old

14.2. the shadow of Lydia and follows in her pursuits of the 'Officers' of the regiment

14.3. often portrayed as envious of Lydia and also a 'silly' young woman

15. Mary Bennet

15.1. the only plain (not pretty) Bennet sister

15.2. she mostly reads and plays music, although she is often impatient to display her accomplishments and is rather vain about them

15.3. Mary is not very intelligent but thinks of herself as being wise

16. Discussion Topics

16.1. Discuss the importance of social class in the novel, especially as it impacts the relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy.

16.2. Pride and Prejudice is a novel about women who feel they have to marry to be happy. Taking Charlotte Lucas as an example, do you think the author is making a social criticism of her era’s view of marriage?

16.3. Giving special attention to Wickham, Charlotte Lucas, and Elizabeth, compare and contrast male and female attitudes toward marriage in the novel

16.4. Discuss the relationship between Mrs. Bennet and her children, especially Elizabeth and Lydia.

16.5. Compare and contrast the Bingley-Darcy relationship with the Jane-Elizabeth relationship.