Y’all know them – the quizzes that fill your facebook wall that tell you that your friends perfect love match would be Richard Armatage (duh!!) or that your ideal dog is a labrador. You swear you will never take that quiz, that it would just be a waste of your time. Then the inevitable happens – you find yourself clicking on that link and answering the ridiculous questions that will lead to that enlightening moment when someone gets you! You agonize over the questions, saying to yourself, “Hmmm, if I pick this one I might get ___ for an answer. I don’t think that fits me though. Maybe I should go with this other one? But none of these really are what I would truly say/do.” Finally you choose an answer, it is logged into the system, and it goes on to the next question.
The moment you have been waiting for arrives… the anticipation builds… and then, up pops that you are Jane Eyre. Not Elizabeth Bennet. Not Jo March. Jane Eyre! The one character in historical fiction classic novels that you loathe.
Yup, that is me. I was sucked into the “Which Classic Literature Character Are You?” quiz, and I ended up with Jane Eyre. My mom would be laughing about this – I will have to call her later and tell her. Jane Eyre is her favorite historical novel and we debate it vs Pride & Prejudice all the time. (Amended to say that when I called her she busted out laughing. Glad I could make her evening. lol)
What is even worse is when you read the descriptions given for the character, and it just does not ring true of how you think that character is at all.
You are Jane Eyre! You may appear soft spoken but you are a little firecracker and have a lot to say! You are highly intelligent and would make a very good teacher. You are supportive of the ones you love and want to feel equal to your significant other.
Ok, I will admit, there is a bit of this particular description in me, but is it truly Jane Eyre? I don’t think so. If I am going to hash out the intricacies of a particular character though I would much rather do Jo March…
You are Jo March! You have a large group of family and friends and they always come first! You are the leader of the group and you are also very innovative and creative. You are clever and can be quite outspoken. You also love to read or write.
Or Elizabeth Bennet…
You are Lizzie Bennett! One of the strongest females in literature, you stand by your opinions and you are fiercely independent. You have great loyalty towards your family and stand by their side no matter [what]. When you are in love you make sure not to lose your own personality, and you are very wise about who you trust.
And so, for you my wonderful readers, I did a coin toss, and Elizabeth Bennet won. (Sorry Jo March!)
I will take the next few moments to break this description of Elizabeth Bennet down and give my personal opinion. I would love to hear your thoughts on this as well.
You are Lizzie Bennett!
OK, stop right there – **sigh** – it should be spelled LizzY (not IE) and BenneT (not TT). Now that we have that out of the way, on with the comments…
One of the strongest females in literature.
I am not sure this is true. I would say she is a timeless character. Maybe this is just a personal opinion of specific word choice. Moving on…
You stand by your opinions and you are fiercely independent.
Sure, I guess you could say she stood by her opinions – at first. But then it is revealed that her opinions are wrong, or rather based on a dodgy person’s words, and her own prejudices against Mr Darcy enlighten her to what her own failures are. Fiercely independent – perhaps. I can give this person that she is not directly dependent upon others much (beyond what is just common for the times). I think this is definitely true of Jane, but we will discuss that next.
You have great loyalty towards your family and stand by their side no matter [what].
The last word in the actual description was “one”, but it is obviously a mistake. So I put what I think it should be here – it makes more sense. Now on to Jane – absolutely she stuck by Jane’s side no matter what. The rest of her family though inspired feelings of embarrassment and regret in her. Her mother was forward and crass at times. Her father was derelict in his duties. Mary was immature and socially awkward. Kitty and Lydia were flirtatious and improper socially. The Gardiners were well-loved and she obviously respected her aunt’s opinion, but as for the other family, I do not see much loyalty there. Jane is, of course the exception. She is a lovely, polite, sweet individual, and I would say she is easy for Elizabeth to love fiercely.
When you are in love you make sure not to lose your own personality.
I am not certain this is even truly addressed in Pride & Prejudice. It is not so much about this side of what might be her character – it is instead about the pride and prejudices that both she and Mr Darcy have to face to find love. Elizabeth grows significantly in the story. She matures to be the person we can finally see standing up to those in London and being all that Mrs Darcy would entail of her. However, the actual novel ends too early for this particular part to be really answered.
You are very wise about who you trust.
Ok, I must admit that when I read that part I literally laughed out loud. Did this person really even read Pride & Prejudice? Somehow I doubt it if this is what they came away with! The prejudices she has are founded, in part, on the untrustworthy words that she did not take as such, and thus formed an opinion of a gentleman that was heavily skewed from who he truly was.. Now I know Darcy had his own path to changing whatever faults his characters had as well, but since this is about Elizabeth Bennet I feel we must stick with just her here. She was definitely not wise in who she decided to trust. Perhaps in the end she had learned her lesson, but that is difficult to say since we do not have the continuation of this story beyond where Ms Austen decided to end it. It would be an interesting read though if we did.
So, my friends, what do you think? Let me know your opinions below.