Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Wonders of Elizabeth Bennet

From a recent poll on my blog (78% Elizabeth Bennet, 15% Anne Elliot, 7% Elinor Dashwood) is by far the most popular Austen heroine. What is it about Elizabeth that appeals to the modern woman?

I love all of Austen's heroines, but I think every woman/girl secretly or not so secretly wants to be Elizabeth Bennet.

In Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth is an intelligent young woman, with "a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in any thing ridiculous". She may not always be right, but she is willing to own up to her mistakes. She is a loyal friend and sister who will do anything for the one she loves. She is fun, witty, and not perfect - I think she is very relatable as a woman. And of course, she ends up with Mr. Darcy - what woman does not want that?
It is also interesting how independent she is during a time period when women are not supposed to be independent. She is willing to put herself and her future on the line in order to find true happiness. I find that very admirable.

What are your views, why is Elizabeth Bennet such a popular character, and the favorite of all of Austen's wonderful characters? Please comment!

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