Character Personality Types In Pride And Prejudice

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“Pride and Prejudice” was written by Jane Austin and published in 1813. Since its publication, Pride and Prejudice has remained a hugely popular book with multiple film adaptations. The success of “Pride and Prejudice” can be attributed to many factors such as its idyllic setting, the strained romance between the two main characters and the witty dialog. However, the relatability of the characters and the abundance of personality types reflected in modern society have made Pride and Prejudice one of the most loved books of all time. We can use the Jung theory on personality types to classify each character. Jung states:
“ …my first concern must be with the two general types I have termed introverted and extraverted. But, in addition, I shall also try to give a certain characterization of those special types whose particularity is due to the fact that his most differentiated function plays the principal role in an individual's adaptation or orientation to life.” (Jung)
Just and introvert and extrovert are opposites of each other, the other types that make up a person personality are also opposite each other. This is best explained on the Meyer-Briggs Foundations website which describes four “dichotomies.” Introvert and extrovert are the first set of dichotomies, followed by sensing and intuition, thinking and feeling, and judging and perceiving. The combination of these characteristics make up one’s personality type. (Myers and Briggs Foundation) By using Jung’s theories we can analyze each character and identify what it is that makes the character relatable.
Elizabeth is strong willed and knows what she wants. “A stile-jumper by conviction as well as instinct, she not only flouts convention, she holds it up for deliberate mockery.” (Deresiewicz) However, She does have some regard for society norms and her sense of propriety is well formed compared to the rest of her family. Elizabeth tends to make snap judgments about people and sticks to her original opinion unless sufficient evidence has been provided that proves her first impression were wrong. These judgments about people can cause her problems because sometimes they are wrong and what she has judged to be good is actually bad as in the cause with Wickham and what she has judged to be bad is good as is the case with Darcy. Elizabeth is also prideful. Susan Morgan summed up Elizabeth’s character when she said, “ Its heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, witty, self-confident, with those dancing eyes, and not quite beautiful face, depicts for us all that is flawed and irresistible about real people.” (Morgan) Elizabeth also loves to laugh and is amused by life in general.
“Elizabeth can do more than laugh. She is able to credit Charlotte's sensible domestic arrangements as much as she delights in the absurdities of Mr. Collins. She can sympathize with Jane's suffering and can condemn the impropriety and the evil of her father's misused intelligence. Indeed, the variety of Elizabeth's observations and...

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