“A Study of the Contrast Between the Characters Jane and Elizabeth Bennet and their Marriages in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen”
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is the tale primarily of the romances and consequent marriages of the two Bennet sisters, Jane and Elizabeth. These are the two main characters in the book, Jane 22 and Elizabeth, the heroine of the story, 22. They are both quite young but old enough to know how the world works and what goes on in life. They both find excellent partners and make very favourable marriages. Bingley, Jane’s husband, is a good, entertaining and kind man, though rather weak willed. Darcy, Elizabeth’s partner, is a good, interesting and very strong willed man, making this the perfect, fairy-tale marriage.
Pride and Prejudice begins with Mrs Bennet, the mother of Jane and Elizabeth talking about how excellent it would be if one of them were to marry the most eligible bachelor in the area. This seems rather pathetic of their mother, wanting her daughters to marry a man just because he has money, but it is soon revealed that the Bennet’s are rather poor and if Mr Bennet were to die they would loose the house and be left destitute. Therefore for the survival of the girls
Jane falls in love with the afore mentioned "eligible bachelor"tm, and though they are split up by a "friend"tm for a while they do eventually marry. She says to her sister "I could easily forgive his pride if he had not mortified mine. The girls have similar characters, both are good, kind people who want to help others and respect their family. An extremely rich and famous man, one of the most sought after men in the country falls in love with Elizabeth, and although she initially rejects his proposals of marriage, thinking him too proud, does slowly fall in love with him, realising his pride was only shyness, and they become engaged. " Elizabeth is more of a realist; she sizes up people, not cruelly, but justly and with the ability, usually, to make a good, valued judgement of their true personality. She can also see the faults of her family despite her closeness and love to them. Even when Jane is left by her love of Bingley never decreases. Both sisters are rather contained people and do not show a lot of emotion except in private. Jane looks too much for good to see the complete picture, therefore lacks some of her sister"tms sharpness and insight. Jane is a good person at heart, and believes others to be likewise, this means she is slightly naive, she expects all people to have pure and good motives for everything and seeks to find good in everyone. Both girls fall deeply in love with good men and we foresee happy marriages for each of them, but Elizabeth"tms seems as if it will be the more exciting and passionate marriage. " She does not try to make excuses for people in the way Jane does and she is willing to except the fact not all people are good - intentioned, she can accept that there is bad in the world and does not expect everyone she comes across to be as sound of character and kind as her and her sister. Elizabeth says "The more I see of the world the more am I dissatisfied with it; and everyday confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of either merit or sense. This same prejudice is overcome in the situation with Darcy; at first she sees it as impossible to like him as he hurt her. She declares, "I hope I never ridicule what is good or wise.