Elizabeth Bennet
Kaitlyn Immel, Division 2, 12th grade #ws18e-s1d2

With many great books, movies, and television shows abroad, there are many options to potentially choose for what I would pick to be the greatest character ever, but ironically enough, my choice was not difficult. If I could be any character, I would be Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. With all of the uprising issues on feminism, this character embodies all of the same qualities of that of feminism including power and independence. I would choose Elizabeth Bennet because she refuses to wed a man she isn't in love with and let him control her life, she deeply values education, and she has morals and self-standards by which she lives by.

Elizabeth Bennet, in the novel, refuses a proposal from Mr.Collins, to which her mother is not pleased. In this era, a woman is expected to wed whomever courts and/or proposes to her, but Elizabeth is unlike most women of her era in the best way. After this, Elizabeth takes interest in Mr. Wickham because he's charming and kind and respects Elizabeth. Things change, however, and she decides that Mr. Wickham isn't the man for her and they truly have nothing in common, unlike her other love interest, Mr. Darcy. Mr.Darcy takes Elizabeth by surprise. At the beginning of the novel he's very cold and rude and doesn't respect women in the slightest, but really he's just trying to protect himself. Throughout the course of the novel, he opens up to her, courts her, respects her, and eventually gets Mr. Bennet's permission to marry his daughter. They live happily, and Elizabeth would settle for nothing less.

Elizabeth deeply values education. She is always reading and trying to learn new things so she can be as independent as possible. She complains about how her sisters are so worried about guys falling in love with them when they can focus on other important things, like education. She believes that education is the key to success and it will lead you to accomplish great things in life. She loves to read and does so numerous times throughout the book.

Elizabeth has many morals and self-standards that she lives by. She has morals such as: treat others with respect, be mannerly, and be kind to those around you. She has self-standards such as: not wedding a man she doesn't love, being educated, being kind, doing hard work, and being the best version of herself that she can be. Elizabeth Bennet strives for the best in her life, but does not let anyone define who she is as a person. Elizabeth loves her independence and finds beauty within that because she is an individual and does not want to be like anyone else in the world; that would take away her uniqueness. Elizabeth does not care if she is different than other girls if she is happy and believes in herself.

All in all, Elizabeth is the character I would choose to be because she refuses to let a man wed her and control her life, she deeply values education, and has morals and self-standards which she lives by. She is so empowering and embodies all of the qualities feminism stands for. She will be independent and no one can define her but herself. She refuses to settle for anything less than what she deserves, and that is exactly what she will get.
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