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Elizabeth Bennet’s Diary

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For the book Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, I wrote a short diary in the perspective of Elizabeth Bennet. In this diary, we see why we shouldn’t be trusting of our prejudice. With the development of the book, we begin to face a new side of Darcy, a much warmer side. Jane and Mr. Bingley were happy as ever. But what book is complete without at least a few barriers? A close family friend – Mr. Collins – enjoys a visit at the Bennet’s, in hopes of finding a partner for life. He soon catches interest in Elizabeth; however, Elizabeth has her eyes on Mr. Wickham, who accuses Darcy of mistreating him, which causes Elizabeth to dislike Darcy even more. To her mother’s dismay, Elizabeth declined Mr. Collins request. He doesn’t dwell for long and moves on to Elizabeth’s friend, Charlotte. Whilst all this is happening, Mr. Bingley brusquely leaves returns to London, leaving Jane heartbroken. Elizabeth realizes this must be the doing of Darcy and Mr. Bingley’s mother. Jane is left feeling unwanted by Mr. Bingley through letters and visits to Caroline – his mother. Shortly, she realizes Caroline never cared for her.

For a change of location, they visit Charlotte, Mr. Collins, and Lady Catherine de Bourgh in Kent and Rosings Park. Mr. Darcy soon joins the party and confesses his undying and astonishing love for Elizabeth. He gets down on one knee, and asks for her love and hand in marriage. She had rebuked him for his previous actions – intercepting the lovebirds, treating Mr. Wickham unfairly, and acting arrogant towards her – leaving him in shock. He defends his actions in a letter explaining Mr. Wickham’s forfeited inheritance and how Mr. Wickham had tried to elope with his little sister so he could take her fortune. Defending himself against the accusation of Jane and Bingley, he simply states her families want of property and how Jane was not in love with Mr. Bingley. This time he leaves Elizabeth in shock.

After we discover all this information about Lizzy’s life, we can see how developed her character is in Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth realizes that though she is intelligent, some things aren’t determined by intelligence but by experience. We also experience change in Mr. Darcy’s character. He is able to let Elizabeth know about the things she misjudged him by. Through a letter he sends, we learn so much about everyone in the book, and their character.

Hidden Beneath the Surface

Set up at formal balls, with fancy gowns, and foremost dates are normal for the Bennet family girls of 19th century, Longbourn, England. With the many characters introduced in the novel Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austen, dialect is an important aspect to understanding characters.

Elizabeth Bennet, intelligent and quick-witted, was positively the most sensible of the five sisters. Others often overlooked the second born child because of her sister’s beauty; however, her humbleness is what draws others in: “‘She is a great reader, and has no pleasure in anything else.’ ‘I deserve neither such praise nor such censure,’ cried Elizabeth…” (36). In this passage, we learn a little more about Elizabeth, or as others call her, Lizzy. Her humbling spirit is just one way to distract others from her devilish personality. Though well read and sharp, she isn’t sweet as sugar. Living with high standards requires a lot of effort – being elegant, poised, and looking spectacular – such pressure and really affects a person, such as Elizabeth. Masked under her beauty and icing, hides a lot.

Another example of Elizabeth’s persona was what others considered her ‘bad side’. Not only was she intelligent and witty, she was sometimes rude, snappy and judgmental. Elizabeth was constantly turning down marriage proposals due her judgmental nature, “Miss Lizzy—if you take it into your head to go on refusing every offer of marriage in this way, you will never get a husband at all… and so I warn you… I have no pleasure in talking to undutiful children” (106). Her mother deals with a lot, having 5 daughters and all. Trying to set up bright futures with a perfectionist attitude is hard enough without a rebel in the making. Lizzy, though smart and modest, needs a shot of empathy in her soul. Still learning to be sympathetic of others, Elizabeth has a long road ahead of her.

In conclusion the Bennet family is an interesting one, most fascinating being Elizabeth. Gossip throughout the novel supports us when understanding characters. As pressure intensifies, attitude develops, who knows what’s bubbling in the pot, waiting to be served.