Pride and Prejudice - Characterisation

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"Pride and Prejudice deals extensively with the difficulties of understanding, analysing and defining an individual's character. Many of the people in the novel seem preoccupied in trifling and shallow existences, and individuals such as Mary, Lydia, Mr Collins, Charlotte and Mrs Bennet have very flat characters. The main characters; however, namely Mr Darcy and Elizabeth, are very complex and three dimensional in their characterisation. Readers struggle to create a meaningful picture of these characters in their minds as they read, soon realising, like Elizabeth and Darcy as they undertake a similar quest, that a true characteristion is seemingly impossible, and perhaps even robbing individuals of all that makes them real." ________________________________________________________________________ Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austen, depicts a love story between protagonist and antagonist - Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. As the main characters of the novel, Elizabeth and Darcy assume intricately developed and complex personalities; as opposed to other characters who, in comparison, are shallow and lead simple lives. Austen designs complexity in her main characters to provide a sense of reality, linking to emotional attachment; and creates stereotypical characters of various personas, so that we are able to interpret and predict their actions and speech. Interwoven into an elaborate storyline, readers can compare and contrast between the dimensions of these characters and discover for themselves: what defines an individual, and what makes us real. Throughout the novel Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen uses characterisation methods to expose us to reality, and to demonstrate how individuality is discovered, not defined. She has created in-depth characters in such a way that we are unable to discern their temperament. We are all familiar with the
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