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Analysis of Darcy's first proposal to Elizabeth

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Look again at the Darcy's first proposal to Elizabeth that is made in this novel. Choose at least two and, write responses to the following questions: * under what circumstances does Darcy propose * how does Elizabeth respond and why * how does Austen present the proposal to the reader That evening, just before Mr. Darcy comes to meet Elizabeth , she rereads Jane's letters and finds out Mr. Darcy's 'shameful boast' of misery that inflicted Jane's happiness and it gives her a 'keener sense of her sister's sufferings'. To Elizabeth's 'utter amazement', Darcy enters the room approaching her 'in a hurried manner' enquiring after her health. He 'sat for a few moments', got up, and 'walked about the room'. Mr. Darcy's body language shows that he is nervous and agitated. Then he took several minutes to say his true love for her that how 'ardently' he 'admires' and 'loves' her. However, the reader later realises that his nervousness is not due to his love for Elizabeth is so great but due to the hesitation, whether it is a good idea to propose considering the inferiority of her family and social background. Mr. Darcy explains to Elizabeth that 'in vain' he has 'struggled' to 'repress' his feelings towards not to love her' he expresses his love for her unromantically and was less 'eloquent on the subject of tenderness than of pride'. ...read more.


Although Darcy changed colour at this moment, he showed no feelings of remorse and listens 'with a simile of affected incredulity' as Elizabeth explains how he destroyed Jane's happiness by splitting up Jane and Bingley. Mr. Darcy admits that he did 'everything in his power to separate his friend from Elizabeth's sister and he adds 'to him (Mr. Bingley) I have been kinder than to myself'. This 'civil reflection' of Mr. Darcy, which she disdained, was unlikely to 'conciliate her'. Elizabeth replies that Mr. Darcy's interference in Jane and Bingley's relationship was not the only reason for her bad opinion against him. She mentions what she had heard from Mr.Wickham. He responds to this 'in a less tranquil tone and with heightened colour'. He answers that she taken 'an eager interest' in his concerns and Elizabeth accuses him of depriving Mr.Wickham, 'the independence which was no less his due than his desert'. She is shocked by seeing Mr. Darcy speaking of him 'with contempt and ridicule'. Mr. Darcy's says that 'perhaps these offences might have been overlooked, had not your (Elizabeth) pride been hurt by my honest confession of the scruples that have long prevented my forming of any serious design'. This explains that he believes his honesty has made her reject him and asks her 'Could you expect me to rejoice in the inferior of your connections? ...read more.


Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, Lydia and Wickham and Charlotte and Mr. Collin's marriages are viewed as bad marriages as their marriages lack the element of love that the other two good marriages have a plenty. Jane Austen portrays that these marriages are bad due to lack of intelligence and wit that neither person has, the lack understanding and communication between each other in their married life. Lydia running away with Mr. Wickham without getting married was a big scandal in the novel. She was excluded from the society as she went against its traditional values of the society in those times. However, getting married reduced the shame slightly that was passed on to the family. Jane Austen shows the consequences that will occur to women who live together with a man without getting married. Charlotte married Mr. Collin because she felt she was already a burden for her family and this would be a social embarrassment. Mr. Collins is Mr. Bennet's closest male who will inherit his estate, which meant that he had definite financial security. This marriage shows that there was a lot of pressure on women like Charlotte from society. She is influenced to marry a man for financial security, protection and a house of her own. ?? ?? ?? ?? Prose Study Coursework ...read more.

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