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Pride and Prejudice

The protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, is a free-thinker in a time when women were allowed very few rights. Jane Austen never gives a straightforward description of Elizabeth, but through her actions and conversations the readers ascertain that she is a revolution. She is a lower class unmarried woman, which automatically gives her an inferior reputation. She ignores the prejudice and the judgment; she is true to herself throughout the entire story and does not let the social standard of what she should be stand in her way. Throughout the story Elizabeth's independence is shown. For instance, Elizabeth defies the wishes of her parents by refusing a marriage proposal from Mr. Collins, she also tells off a superior class citizen when questioned about a personal matter "…That will make your ladyship's situation at present more pitiable; but it will have no effect on me."(266)Lady Catherine becomes insulted by this comment and leaves the slummy world of Longbourn to return to her perfectly trimmed hedges and seven bathrooms at her home of Rosings Park. There are other even more drastic examples of Elizabeth's independence. Elizabeth shows that she does not conform to societal standards set for her when she plods through the mud to see her ill sister and when she refuses the proposal of Mr. Darcy.
The definition of a lady in England during the times that Pride and Prejudice is set is not a woman who trudges three miles in the mud. The typical woman of the time has the attitude of Mrs. Bennet, "…as to think of such a thing in all this dirt! You will not be fit to be seen." (23). Elizabeth who is not brainwashed by this unreasonable restriction claims that she "…shall be very fit to see Jane-which is all I want."(23). Lizzy sets off to Netherfield and by the time she arrives her petticoat is six inches deep in mud. The Bingley sisters have a ball insultin…

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