Jane Bennet

Outer characterisation

Jane Bennet is one of the more important characters in Pride and Prejudice because of the focus on her relationship with both Bingley and her sister Lizzy. She is a static, or flat, character as she does not change much throughout the novel.

Her outer characterisation reveals that she is “almost three-and-twenty” (p. 154) years old and the eldest of the Bennet sisters (p. 7). We can assume her future dowry at marriage is £1,000 as this is what Elizabeth is also going to receive. By the end of the novel, she marries the wealthy Charles Bingley. She is considered the most beautiful of the Bennet sisters, especially by her doting mother (p. 30).

Inner characterisation

Jane’s inner characterisation is conveyed both directly by the narrator and other characters, and indirectly, through her actions and attitudes.

Overall, Jane is beautiful and good-natured. Her refusal to see people’s flaws and think badly of them is both a virtue and a weakness. On the one hand, she manages to see the positive of every situation and in every person and defends them which makes Elizabeth say:

‘Oh! you are a great deal too apt, you know, to like people in g...

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