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Compare and contrast the proposals made by Mr Collins (volume 1 chapter 19) and Mr Darcy (volume 2 chapter 11) to Elizabeth.

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Pride and Prejudice Compare and contrast the proposals made by Mr Collins (volume 1 chapter 19) and Mr Darcy (volume 2 chapter 11) to Elizabeth. The story of Pride and Prejudice revolves around a mother of five daughters, Mrs. Bennet, whose sole purpose is to marry off her daughters to suitable men. Jane is the eldest out of the Bennet sisters. Jane is the closest to Elizabeth from the rest of her sisters, this is because they stand on similar maturity levels, and Elizabeth is the second oldest. The main theme of the novel is based on the importance of marriage. It is important because a woman will have to marry a suitable man who can support her when her father passes away, it is equally important to men because it is important for them to keep their social status, they will do this by finding a wife at a suitable age. There are four main marriages in the novel: Charlotte's to Mr Collins, Lydia's to Wickham, Jane's to Mr Bingley, and Elizabeth's to Mr Darcy. The story is follows Elizabeth. Elizabeth Bennet the second oldest of the five daughters. Of her sisters, she has the strongest and most outstanding personality, and this is shown because she is the only one who wants to marry a suitable man whom she also loves. Mr Collins is a relative of the Bennets. Mr Bennet has no sons. Therefore he will have to leave all his possessions to Mr Collins when he passes away. ...read more.

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This also outlines their personality in the novel; they aren't too interested in doing much except for flirting with soldiers. This is later on shown when Lydia runs off with Mr Wickham, and then only after that she gets married to him when she was the youngest of her sisters, she was only fifteen years old. This showed how different Elizabeth was from her younger sisters, they have no interest in marrying for love. The description given of Mr Collins is not positive, 'he was a tall heavy looking young man' and his air was 'grave and stately'. He also complements Mrs Bennet on having 'so fine a family of daughters', he seems to complement a lot of people in the novel, especially Lady Catherine. As Mr Collins proposes to Elizabeth, she eventually felt the need to interrupt him, she says "You are too hasty sir!" she needed to inform him she has not accepted his proposal yet, and has no intention in doing so. At this point, Mr Collins still isn't too concerned with her reply, and still assumes she will accept him sooner or later. But Elizabeth is now losing her patience; she says "your hope is rather an extraordinary one after my declaration" and "I am perfectly serious in my refusal. - You could not make me happy". This brought Mr Collins's spirits down; he however replied by complementing her saying "I cannot imagine that her ladyship would at all disapprove of you", but her reply made it final she did not want to marry him. ...read more.

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He now did not deny that he did this, but admits to it, he says "I have no wish of denying that I did every thing in my power to separate my friend from your sister". Until this point, Mr Darcy was fairly calm, but now Elizabeth mentions Mr Wickham, when he told her all about him a few months back, now Mr Darcy begins to get angry. Elizabeth now makes it clear she does not want to marry him. When Mr Darcy went out, he left Elizabeth astonished, she could not believe she had just received an offer of marriage from him. Mr Darcy and Mr Collins are similar in their proposals in that they are both positive that Elizabeth will accept them and they therefore present themselves in such a manner that this is made obvious. Mr Collins verbally declares this assumption, "you may assure yourself that no ungenerous reproach shall ever pass my lips when we are married". Mr Darcy does not openly mention his assurance in Elizabeth's acceptance but makes it obvious in his manner; she could easily see that he had no doubt of a favourable answer. He spoke of apprehension and anxiety, but his countenance expressed real security. Until Mr Darcy proposes to Elizabeth, neither of them are honest about their feelings towards each other. The novel ends when Mr Darcy and Elizabeth get married, and Jane and Mr Bingley get married, even though they connected from the beginning and did not have as much time as Elizabeth and Mr Darcy did to get to know each other. ?? ?? ?? ?? Yasmine Pinto English Coursework 1 ...read more.

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