The April A to Z Blogging Challenge is a month long event where I, and more than 2000 other bloggers, will post every day of the month (except Sundays) using a different letter of the alphabet. The theme of my posts will be “What I Love About Pride and Prejudice.” Click the link above or the A to Z badge in my sidebar to visit other participants.
E is for Elizabeth
“Elizabeth continued her walk alone, crossing fields at a quick pace, jumping over stiles and springing over puddles with impatient activity, and finding herself at last within view of the house, with weary ankles, dirty stockings, and a face glowing with the warmth of exercise.” Jane Austen Pride & Prejudice
Elizabeth Bennet is the character I love most in Pride and Prejudice. “Lizzie” is funny, clever, independent and loyal. Austen describes her early on in the story as having “a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in any thing ridiculous.” And that’s so true. When Darcy puts her down as “tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me,” she is quick to retell the story and make him the butt of the joke.
Not one to back down, she will always speak her mind. Teasing Mr. Darcy she says, “There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises with ever attempt to intimidate me.” Elizabeth will stand her ground and slay anyone with her words. She takes no censorship from anyone. Not the Bingleys, not Mr. Collins, not Darcy and not even Darcy’s bully of an aunt.
I also find it admirable that Elizabeth is so devoted to the people she loves. When her dearest sister Jane is heartbroken by Mr. Bingley, it is Elizabeth that comforts her. She suffers when Jane suffers. After her good friend Charlotte Lucas marries the buffoon (yes, I said buffoon) Mr. Collins, she could have just washed her hands of them. Instead, Elizabeth stands by her friend. She even spends weeks at their home suffering exposure to the silly man because she cares so much for Charlotte.
To me, Elizabeth Bennet is the perfect protagonist. She a strong female in the male dominated world of Regency England. Fitzwilliam Darcy may be the man we want to be with, but Elizabeht Bennet is the kind of girl we want to be (or at least have as a best friend).
What do you think about Elizabeth Bennet?