Contrast in Respect of Physical Appearance
Elizabeth and Jane are more deeply attached to each other than most sisters are; and yet they offer a sharp contrast so far as their temperaments and inclinations are concerned. To begin with, they offer a contrast so far as physical appearance is concerned.Jane is a very pretty girl; she is not only the prettiest of the five daughters of the Bennet family but prettier than most of the girls living in the neighbourhood of Longbourn.
Simplicity Versus Complexity
Jane is a simple-minded girl while
has a highly complex nature. Jane's reactions to people and to situations are those of a girl who does not try in the least to penetrate beneath the surface; Elizabeth , on the contrary, has a reflective nature and an analytical mind. Elizabeth 's reflective nature is clearly indicated by the author because there are several passages in the novel in which the state of mind of Elizabeth is described to us. Elizabeth's reflective tendency is clearly to be seen in her thoughts after she has rejected Mr. Darcy's proposal of marriage, in her meditations over the letter which Mr. Darcy hands over to her on the following day, in her thoughts on receiving news of Lydia's elopement, and in her thoughts on learning about Mr. Darcy's role in bringing about Lydia's marriage with Mr. Wickham. Her analytical tendency is to be found in her constantly speculating upon the reasons preventing Mr. Bingley from making a proposal of marriage to Jane. This tendency is also seen in her describing to Mrs. Gardiner the nature of F Wickham and the character of Elizabeth , and inner pointing out to Mrs. Gardiner how easy it would be for Mr. Wickham to take undue advantage of Lydia . Jane has an entirely different disposition. She accepts things as they happen and tries to reconcile herself to them. Similarly, she does not make any effort to probe the minds of the people with whom she comes into contact. She takes them on their face value. Lydia
Self-Assertiveness and Dynamism Versus Passivity
Different Attitudes towards Offending Persons
Jane is a silent sufferer during the period in which Mr. Bingley remains alienated from her. Of course, she shows rare fortitude in enduring her disappointment in love. And yet she does not blame Mr. Bingley's sisters for their negative role in the whole affair.
tells her that Mr. Bingley's indifference to her is due chiefly to the bad influence upon him of his two sisters, Miss Bingley and Mrs. Hurst. But Jane does not accept this view. She is inclined to give Miss Bingley and Mrs. Hurst the benefit of the doubt. Elizabeth
Towards the end of the novel, Elizabeth herself highlights the contrast between Jane and herself. Jane has expressed her wish that Elizabeth should also get the kind of husband she (Jane) is going to get, whereupon Elizabeth replies that she could never be happy even if she were to get forty husbands of the kind Jane is going to get because she does not have Jane's disposition. She states her view thus: "Till I have your disposition and your goodness, I never can have your happiness." However, soon afterwards
also gets a husband who is sure to make her as happy as Jane is going to be with Mr. Bingley. Elizabeth