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Looking In Elizabeth Bennet

 

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.

Impressing the Impressive

The ever so Great Gatsby. He was so foolishly infatuated with Daisy, a girl who couldn’t accept him because he was once a poor boy when they first met, and he carried a mysterious vibe wherever he went. The conflict between him and Daisy, and the matter of impressing Daisy, was tough.

In the story, ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the story is told in the point of view of Nick, Gatsby’s neighbor. It was set in the summer of 1922 in Long Island, New York. The story of Nick, who goes to visit Daisy, his cousin, and lives next door to a mysterious man by the name of Jay Gatsby. With Nick’s help Gatsby and Daisy are reunited. Though a joyous occasion, conflict stirs between Daisy and Gatsby. Since Gatsby has a mysterious past, “…and I knew why Jordan Baker had believed he was lying… I wondered if there wasn’t something a little sinister about him, after all.” (Fitzgerald 40). Daisy is reluctant to accepting him, much less, showing affection towards him.

During the rising action, the most prominent conflict is the one between Gatsby and Daisy. Gatsby is constantly trying to impress Daisy, and getting her to accept him. But because of difference in social classes, Daisy doesn’t warm up to him. For me, this happens in many difference occasions. When I first went to Beijing New Talent, not many people accepted me; it was because I was different, in the way that I wasn’t a fluent Chinese speaker, even after my first year, and I started becoming better at Chinese, they didn’t care to learn that I now understood most things. It was like how Gatsby – before he inherited all his families’ money – wasn’t accepted by many, and yet after, they still were iffy about him, “‘My God, I believe the man’s coming,’ said Tom. ‘Doesn’t he know she doesn’t want him?” (64). Sure he was impressive, but so was Daisy, and impressing the impressive, was a truly difficult matter.