Elizabeth Bennet-Larger Than Life Character

Qualities of an individual magnify their personality to make them seem “larger than life” and more appealing to others. In the world of literature, authors often mimic this idea by creating characters with charismatic and colorful traits to captivate readers. Jane Austen is perhaps one of the best known authors who develops on powerful personalities in her work. In Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet’s prestigious qualities make her one of the most beloved characters in literature. Her character traits appeal to audiences because they are accessible in human nature and cause her protrude among the other characters. Elizabeth Bennet’s independence, intelligence, and imperfections accumulate to form a “larger than life” character in Pride and Prejudice.
Elizabeth’s independent personality guides her to be incessantly stubborn and naturally bold. As a strong character living in a strict society full of rules, Elizabeth fights against conventions while looking for happiness. She fears nothing, and instead deals with every situation courageously, determinedly, and independently. For example, during her visit to Rosings Park, she sits and listens to Lady Catherine de Bourgh boast about her wealth and give unwanted advice. Lady Catherine asks,
‘“Do your sisters play and sing?"
"One of them does."
"Why did not you all learn? You ought all to have learned. The Miss Webbs all play, and their father has not so good an income as yours. Do you draw?"
"No, not at all."
"What, none of you?"
"Not one."
"…Upon my word," said her ladyship, "you give your opinion very decidedly for so young a person. Pray, what is your age?"
"With three younger sisters grown up," replied Elizabeth, smiling, "your ladyship can hardly expect me to own it."
Lady Catherine seemed quite astonished at not receiving a direct answer; and Elizabeth suspected herself to be the first creature who had ever dared to trifle with so much dignified impertinence” (142-143).
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