Pride & Prejudice. 9 th Grade British Literature Mrs. Anderson. Continue. Minor Characters. About The Author. Major Themes. Major Characters. Plot Summary. Genre. Setting. What’s On The Quiz?. Period Attire. Continue. MAJOR CHARACTERS.
9th Grade British Literature
About The Author
What’s On The Quiz?
Elizabeth Bennet: Elizabeth Bennet is the protagonist in this story. She is initially put off by
Mr. Darcy’s cold manner but further acquaintance with him changes her heart. She eventually
Fitzwilliam Darcy: Darcy is a very wealthy friend of Charles Bingley. A minor character, Lady
Catherine de Bourgh is his aunt. Darcy is very high minded and looks down on those who are
socially inferior toward him. Over the course of the novel, he changes his mind and grows
to love Elizabeth Bennet.
Jane Bennet: Jane Bennet is Elizabeth Bennet’s sister. She is more conservative and warm than
Elizabeth. She and Charles Bingley form a significant attachment when the first meet. After a
tumultuous courtship, they eventually marry.
Charles Bingley: Charles Bingley is the wealthy neighbor of the Bennet’s. He is also a friend of
Mr. Darcy. He falls in love with Jane Bennet, much to Darcy’s chagrin.
Mr. & Mrs. Bennet: The parents of the Bennet sisters. Mrs. Bennet is portrayed as a silly woman
And her husband enjoys antagonizing her.
Born: December 16, 1775, Died: July 18, 1817
Notable works include: Sense and Sensibility (1811),
Pride & Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814),
and Emma (1816)
Books published posthumously: Northanger Abbey and
Incomplete works: Sandition
Although her works are widely enjoyed today, there were
hardly recognized during her lifetime.
George Wickham: A militia officer with a bad reputation.
Lydia Bennet: The youngest Bennet sister.
Mr. Collins: A clergyman who is heir to the Bennet estate.
Miss Bingley: Charles Bingley’s sister.
Lady Catherine de Bourgh: Wealthy aunt of Mr. Darcy.
Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner: Mrs. Bennet’s brother and his wife.
Charlotte Lucas: Elizabeth’s best friend.
Georgiana Darcy: Mr. Darcy’s younger sister.
Mary Bennet: She is the middle Bennet sister.
Catherine Bennet: The fourth Bennet sister, nicknamed
Social class status: In Pride and Prejudice social status takes an important role.
The lives of the characters depend entirely upon their place in society. The
relationships between the characters are also wholly dependent upon their
Love: There are several stories of love in the novel, including Jane and Mr. Bingley,
Lydia and Wickham, and Charlotte Lucas’ loveless marriage to Mr. Collins. However
the greatest love story of them all is that of Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy.
Elizabeth and Darcy overcome both their pride and prejudices to finally accept
one another’s hand in marriage.
Reputation: In the world Jane Austen creates, a good reputation is a highly valued
asset. The lives of the characters rise and fall according to the ruined reputation of their
Lydia Bennet. A good reputation is coveted and respected.
The novel opens with the news that Netherfield Park is let to Mr. Bingley. The
Bennet household is in an frenzy – especially Mrs. Bennet. She tries to convince
Mr. Bennet, her husband, to visit Mr. Bingley so that their five daughters may
have a chance at meeting him. Her hopes is that the wealthy Mr. Bingley will
marry one of the girls. Mr. Bennet has already visited Mr. Bingley to Mrs. Bennet’s
The Bennet sisters attend a ball thrown by Mr. Bingley. There they also meet his
Friend Mr. Darcy. Mr. Darcy slights Elizabeth in a dance and that turns Elizabeth’s
Heart against him. Jane Bennet and Mr. Bingley fall in love.
When the news of Jane and Mr. Bingley’s romance spreads, his mean sisters break
them apart by sending Mr. Bingley away. Mr. Darcy is falling in love with Elizabeth
but can’t seem to overcome his initial offence at the dance.
By the end of the story, Jane marries Mr. Bingley after he returns. Mr. Darcy and
Elizabeth make amends and marries and all ends happily for everyone (except for
Charlotte Lucas who marries Mr. Collins for money).
Comedy of Manners: Pride and Prejudice is in the Comedy of
The comedy of manners has its roots in
Ancient Greece New Comedy. It is a
satirical look at social customs of the
The novel takes place in Longbourn, England.
Regency Era Fashion
The time frame of Jane Austen’s novels are between 1790 and 1820 which is The Regency Era. The Regency Era is noted for its loose styled clothing and less restrictive corsets.
Hemlines for women were very long. No dress was shorter than a few inches above the ankle, and even that was rare.
Men wore breeches, buckled shoes, fitted shirts, and high top hats.
When did Elizabeth Bennet’s heart begin to change toward Mr. Darcy?
When Mrs. Bennet told her of their family’s financial ruin if she didn’t
Marry a wealthy man.
When Jane announced her engagement to Mr. Bingley.
When she first saw Mr. Darcy’s home at Pemberly.
Great try, but that is not correct.
Although Mrs. Bennet implied on several occasions that she
and her daughters would be ruined if they never married,
this did not influence Elizabeth to marry Darcy.
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Jane and Mr. Bingley did not become engaged until
after Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy reconciled.
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Elizabeth told her sister Jane that she began
to fall for Mr. Darcy gradually but her heart definitely turned
toward him when she first saw “his beautiful grounds at Pemberly”.