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Compare and Contrast Mr Darcy's First Proposal to Elizabeth (Chapter 34) with Mr. Collins' Proposal (Chapter 19).

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Compare and Contrast Mr Darcy's First Proposal to Elizabeth (Chapter 34) with Mr. Collins' Proposal (Chapter 19) In Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth Bennet is proposed to twice in a short length of time. Even though this is a great deal more than other women in the novel, both men proposed to her in an insulting manner. Mr Collins, Elizabeth's cousin, emphasises his connection with Lady Catherine de Bourgh and how by marrying him, her poor financial position will rise because he is to inherit Longbourn after the death of Mr Bennet. Mr Darcy discourses upon the inferiority of her connections and the despicable behaviour of her family. He also tells her of his struggle to resist her because of these factors. However he does also mention his love for her. 'In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you' Mr Darcy He presents this as his main reason for wanting to marry her. ...read more.

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' Mr Collins Mr Collins places Elizabeth in an extremely awkward by telling her that by proposing to her he was doing the Bennet's a large favour because when he inherits Longbourn, if he was to marry one of the Bennet girls it would not be such a great loss. Mr Collins also states Elizabeth's value of �1000 in four per cents after Mrs. Bennet's decease. Mr Collins is so confident that Elizabeth will accept his offer after his speech that he uses the phrase ' when we are married' .At this point Elizabeth interrupts him with her refusal which he cannot believe so he refuses to accept her refusal and assures her she will change her mind. ' ...That it is usual with young ladies to reject the address of the man whom they secretly mean to accept, when he first applies for their favour; and that sometimes the refusal is repeated a second or even a third time. ...read more.

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He thought Elizabeth would be flattered that he would still marry her even though her family was so despicable and his family would certainly dissaprove. Elizabeth decides to also reject Mr Darcy. This is because of his alleged ill treatment of Mr Wickham, his pride, his bad first impression, his insulting manner of proposing and his mistreatment of Bingley and Jane to which he showed no remorse. Darcy's proposal to Elizabeth was narrated so that the reader is not made to be biased towards any particular character. However as the event progresses more and more dialogue is introduced as both Mr Darcy and Elizabeth get angrier and angrier. However Mr Darcy's proposal is more formal and intensely said than Mr Collins'. Both men are alike in the way that they cannot believe that Elizabeth has refused them and they both seem to put emphasise on her faults by continuously repeating them. Both men seem to be embarrassed of her refusal and try to justify their actions afterwards, but worst of all for Elizabeth both men have managed to make their proposals insulting. Alison Yang L5 House 3 English ...read more.

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