Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice novels illustrates Jane Austen’s discerning personality through a variety of means. Bennet assesses situations and makes reasonable conclusions. Bennet comes to the conclusion that she cannot join Mr. Fitzwilliam Dacy if she adheres to three cardinal principles. Bennet also notes that Collins dislikes Collins, despite him not being aware. Bennet also notices Miss Bingley following Mr. Charles Bingley to conceal ulterior motives. This essay examines Bennet’s discernive personality in Pride and Prejudice. The following behaviors are analysed: Bennet concludes her ability to marry Mr. Darcy only on the strength three basic principles. Bennet discovers Mr. Collins loathes Mr. Darcy. Bennet notices Miss Bingley following Mr. Bingley with hidden motives.
Bennet is a clear example of her discernible personality, as she has concluded that she can only marry Mr. Darcy by combining three cardinal principles. Bennet says that her marriage to Mr. Darcy must be successful if they are to succeed. Both Mr. Darcy as well as Bennet must be able to manage their finances. Bennet must respect Mr. Darcy, according to Austen (2011) Bennet is not a believer in the essentiality of love. Bennet emphasizes her discernive personality by excluding love. Bennet considers love to be the result of a mixture of harmony, financial stability, and respect. Bennet wouldn’t believe love was a key building block to a successful marriage if she wasn’t discerning. It is evident that Bennet has a keen ear. Bennet further demonstrates her keen spotting ability by noting that Mr. Darcy doesn’t like Mr. Collins. Mr. Collins seems unaware of this fact. Bennet comes to this conclusion after observing Mr. Darcy interact with Mr. Collins. Bennet discovers that Mr. Darcy has a hatred for Mr. Collins. This is strikingly odd because Mr. Collins, while right beside Mr. Darcy’s, doesn’t notice it (Ibid.). The situation can be described as Bennet being discerning. Bennet’s ability to discern is what allows her to see something that Mr. Collins doesn’t. Bennet wouldn’t notice Mr. Darcy’s disdain for Collins if she weren’t discerning. This analysis shows Bennet is a highly discerning person.
Bennet further demonstrates her keen spotting ability by identifying Miss Bingley’s ulterior motives and following him around. Bennet concludes that Miss Bingley follows Mr. Bingley around town in an attempt to delay his return home. Jane Bennet may also believe that Miss Bingley loves Jane. Bennet makes use of her observation to discover the true reason Miss Bingley is following Mr. Bingley. Bennet’s insight demonstrates her discernible personality. Bennet might assume Miss Bingley is following Mr. Bingley out of love if she was not discerning. Bennet, however, is more than a pedestrian assumption. She exposes Miss Bingley’s motives and so Bennet is an intelligent character.
Bennet is a good example of Pride and Prejudice’s discernible traits. Bennet says that Mr. Darcy can only be married if she adheres to three fundamental principles. Bennet also sees that Mr. Collins is a snitch, which Mr. Collins does not know. Bennet also notices Miss Bingley following Mr. Bingley with hidden motives. It would be interesting for Austen to examine why Bennet is portrayed as a perceptive, womanly character.