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Compare and contrast the proposal of Mr Collins with the first made by Mr Darcy, and explain whether you think Lizzy was right to refuse them. Miss Elizabeth Bennet had the offer of two marriage proposals within a few months. She refused them both, but for very different reasons. The first proposal, which was undertaken by Mr Collins, was declined under the circumstances that she did not love him. The second proposal was from Mr Darcy, a man who owned vast property and wealth, and had a very high social status. Lizzy refused his proposition on the basis that he asked her in an unacceptable manner. She already had a dislike of Mr Darcy, because of his actions towards Jane Bennet and Mr Bingley. In both situations, the men were surprised by her reply, as they expected a positive reaction. Most 19th Century women would have accepted the proposals, as love was not always expected to be found in marriages, so Lizzy's feelings were an exception to normal views of the period. Jane Austen's description of Lizzy's feelings and attitude are closely similar, and this is reflected in Lizzys personality. Marriages in the early 19th Century were often arranged, which meant a daughter had little choice of whom she married. The parental role was vital as it was their duty to get their children married well, and to improve their family's social and financial status. ...read more.


Lizzy had just heard distressing news from Colonel Fitzwilliam that Mr Darcy had been purposely trying to separate Mr Bingley and Jane and stop them meeting. Lizzy was deeply upset with him and he arrived at the worst possible moment. Mr Collins had a list of reasons to marry Lizzy, compared to Mr Darcy who only had one, which was that he did, "admire and love," her. Mr Collins thought it was his duty as a clergyman, 'to set the example of matrimony in his parish,' and saw Lizzy as, 'handsome and amiable.' He had chosen to marry a daughter from the Bennet family before he arrived, and had first set eyes on Jane, but he was quickly corrected, and found out that she was likely to be soon engaged. Mr Collin's attention then changed from Jane to Elizabeth. He found her equal in, 'birth and beauty.' Mr Collins wanted to settle the argument between his father and Mr Bennet; he hoped to do this by marrying one of Mrs Bennet's daughters. Lady Catherine de Bourgh had influenced Mr Collins into marriage. She told him, 'Mr Collins, you must marry. A clergyman like you must marry. Chuse properly, chuse a gentlewomen for my sake; and for your own, let her be an active, useful sort of person, not brought up high, but able to make a small income go a good way.' ...read more.


Lizzy had many individual opinions and views, and Mr Collins and Mr Darcy didn't pick up on this enough to see what a strong character she was. I believe Lizzy was right to refuse Mr Darcy's proposal. Her pride and prejudice got in the way, and she didn't see the love behind all the harsh words he used in his proposal. If she had seen past this, she would have noticed how much Mr Darcy loved her. The time between Mr Darcy's first and second proposal gave them both time to appreciate each other, and produce a closer bond. Lizzy grew to love Mr Darcy and found he was a generous man and looked out for her family. She realised this when he paid off all Mr Wickham's debts and saved her family from being disgraced because of her sister Lydia running away with Mr Wickham. If Lizzy had accepted his first proposal it would have took a considerable amount of time for love to come to the surface. I think Lizzy was right to refuse Mr Collins. They had nothing in common, and Lizzy would have been constantly sending him away to do things, to get him out of her way, just like Charlotte Lucas did with Mr Collins when they were married and had just started living together. The whole family would have benefited enormously if Lizzy had accepted either proposal, as in the future it would have saved her family from possible poverty. ?? ?? ?? ?? Stephanie Larter 1 ...read more.

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