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Comment on how Jane Austen shows how Elizabeth's changing feelings towards Darcy, paying particular attention to chapters 18, 34 and 43.

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Comment on how Jane Austen shows how Elizabeth's changing feelings towards Darcy, paying particular attention to chapters 18, 34 and 43. The first meeting between Darcy and Elizabeth is at the ball in Chapter 3, the meeting is not direct however but it is clear that Elizabeth is not impressed the slightest by the first appearances of Darcy's character. When Darcy first enters the room he attracts a lot of attention from the female contingent of the room. Darcy refuses to dance with anyway apart from Mrs Hurst and Miss Bingley, refuses to be introduced to anybody else and only spoke to members of his party. This did not rub off well on Elizabeth. Elizabeth however has no real reason to not like Darcy up to this point because he has not one anything that directly insults or annoys her, however she finds herself close to Darcy when he is engaged in conversation with Mr Bingley in which he describes the female proportion of the party as "punishment to me to stand with" and tells Bingley that he is dancing with the only handsome girl at the party which is Jane the eldest of the sisters. He then however in direct earshot of Elizabeth makes references to her as " tolerable but not handsome enough to tempt him" he then goes on to say that he can't be bothered to waste his time with a women that other men feel is not good enough. ...read more.

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In the book it tells us that the real reason that Elizabeth talks to Darcy is because she feel that it may be more punishment for him to talk to her than it would for him to not. Darcy replies but says nothing else to carry the conversation on further proving that he does not really wish to talk to her. Elizabeth's views on Darcy are not helped by the fact that he wishes to avoid the subject of Wickham I n her eyes it just backs up the statements made by Wickham She also gives the impression she cares not for what Darcy has to say as Austen portrays Elizabeth as daydreaming almost when Darcy tries himself to begin conversation. This chapter I feel underlines her dislike for Mr Darcy and shows she cares not to change her opinion. In chapter 34, the main turning point in Elizabeth's feelings towards Darcy comes about. Darcy decides to reveal to Elizabeth his secret love for her, 'you must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.' His proposal of marriage dwells at length upon her social inferiority, and Elizabeth's initially polite rejection turns into an angry accusation. She demands to know if he sabotaged Jane's romance with Bingley. ...read more.

Conclusion

Darcy tells her that he has just arrived to prepare his home for a group of guests that includes the Bingleys and his own sister, Georgiana. He asks Elizabeth if she would like to meet Georgiana, and Elizabeth replies that she would. After Darcy leaves them, the Gardiners comment on his good looks and good manners, so strikingly divergent from the account of Darcy's character that Elizabeth has given them. The arrival of Darcy himself further encourages Elizabeth's change of heart. Humbled by her rejection of his marriage proposal, Darcy has altered his conduct toward her and become a perfect gentleman. This courteous behaviour both illustrates his love for her and compels the growth of her estimation of him. His ability to overcome his pride in much the same way that Elizabeth overcomes her prejudice gives hope that her rejection of him has not caused him to give up and that he may propose again under different terms. In conclusion, Jane Austen shows that Elizabeth takes a long time to change her feelings, but the main reason she didn't want to let him tell his side of the story was due to her first impressions of him. However, when she realises her mistake, it is possible to see how much she has come to adore him as much as he adores her. ...read more.

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