Pride & Prejudice presentation
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Pride & Prejudice presentation
Bennet as a
Women in 19th Century
of the world around them
Capable of making decisions without
Willing to stand out and not hide behind
Intelligent and sociable
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
characteristics of Elizabeth stand out in
this episode of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries?
Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen’s
Pride and Prejudice is a hero because of
her nonconformity to societal values and
her traits of intelligence, independence,
and wise judgment.
Elizabeth’s intelligence helps define her character.
“Elizabeth is a young woman who has an exceptional
intelligence that is shown up not only in her tongue-incheek dialogues and quick responses but also in her
talent for observation” (“Character Analysis”; ch. 4 pt. I).
“Contrary to Jane’s naivety, is more critical and less
pliable” (“Character Analysis”; ch. 4 pt. I).
is independent because she
doesn’t rely on men
"By creating intelligent female characters
who strive to preserve physical and mental
privacy from men, Austen implies that
women must avoid male interference in
order to remain independent, creative
Begins as a character flaw
“Distinguishing between good and evil is a central concern
for [Austen’s] characters, and in order to do it they must
learn to exercise judgment” (Emsley 297).
Text Example: Elizabeth’s original negative judgment of
“[Elizabeth’s] prejudices are founded on first appearances,
not even on first impressions of conversation; [she has no]
adequate basis for good judgment” (Emsley 306)
Elizabeth later realizes her mistake, bringing her to
self-awareness and better judgment
Following reading Darcy’s letter and realizing her snap
judgments: “Once she knows herself, she does not
focus on herself, because she is no longer humiliated:
she is free to think of others” (Emsley 313).
does the characterization of
Elizabeth and her role as a heroine differ
from the portrayal of a typical male hero?
Think about heroes we’ve studied such as
Beowulf, Macbeth, etc.