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Elizabeth Bennets Great Awakening What would the world be like if everyone was normal and everyone followed the rules There would be no fun and no one would ever be happy Jane Austen demonstrates in Pride and Prejudice through Elizabeth and Darcy that in mans pursuit of the joys in life those who stick too strictly or not at all to the existing social norms face the danger of never finding their place in life nor ever finding personal happiness Elizabeth Bennet the heroine in the novel is a person worthy of our imitation She is a model for all women because she is different from all the other characters and because she does not go by the standards set forth by society She is self-reliant and independent Darcy observes Elizabeth as a woman who is sick of women being women Elizabeth rejects her cousin Mr Collins proposal because she does not think that marriage is the only honorable provision for a well-educated woman Nor does she believe in marriage of convenience When Mr Collins says arrogantly to Elizabeth that My situation in life my connections with the family of De Bourgh 82 are reasons that she should accept his offer because in spite of your manifold attractions it is by no means certain that another offer of marriage may ever be made you83 she politely refused him I thank you again and again for the honor you have done me in your proposals but to accept them is absolutely impossible83 Unlike Charlotte Lucas Elizabeth would never go against her principles and her integrity and throw away her talents by marrying Mr Collins In one sense she is a non-conformist because she looks to nature rather than society or traditional authority for the basis of her judgments Elizabeth looks to nature because she puts her trust in her own perceptions and impressions She does not totally disregard social propriety She has good
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