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Explore Jane Austen's presentation of Mr Darcy throughout the novel Pride and prejudice is a novel written by Jane Austen, it was published in 1813. The title can help the reader have an idea about what the story is going to be about. Pride means a feeling of self-respect and personal worth, prejudice means a fixed opinion formed without examining the facts fairly. The definitions of these words can give the reader the idea that the novel is based on these attitudes which may be descriptive of the characters in the novel. In this essay, my focus will be on Fitzwilliam Darcy, the antagonist of the novel. I will look at the way he is first presented in the novel and how his character progresses throughout the novel. I will observe his language and his actions. I will contrast him to other characters and look at his mannerisms. In the beginning of the novel when we first see Darcy he is seen as handsome, tall, wealthy and an eligible bachelor; although he is rude, insulting proud and arrogant. He disregards Elizabeth who the plot revolves around. As the book continues his affection for Elizabeth grows; he is especially drawn to her fine eyes. ...read more.


Darcy and Elizabeth find out that they have a similar interest which is reading. Austen uses this show that Elizabeth and Darcy can have something in common. Nevertheless they remain two different people. The witty exchange shows that Darcy has high standards in what he defines as an "accomplished woman." However Elizabeth thinks his description is impossible. Austen may have used this to show that Darcy has high standards in a woman which he may never meet. As the novel progresses Darcy's feelings for Elizabeth develops as he "approached to claim her hand" at the Netherfield ball. Darcy has become more open and less reserved. As he talks more in comparison to earlier on. Elizabeth and Darcy are similar, "there is a similarity in their turn of minds." Because the story is mainly from Elizabeth's point we see that Darcy and Elizabeth have things in common so he may not be as bad as he seems. Whilst Elizabeth is in her room, Darcy unexpectedly proposes to her. We can see his character is progressing, he gets what he is trying to say across although it sounds rude. He says; "In vain have I struggled. ...read more.


Also Lady Catherine de Bourgh arrival at the Bennett's made the reader have that idea that Darcy might propose again. She accepts Darcy's proposal "immediately," Elizabeth permits herself to admit that her love has changed her long-standing prejudice, . Our overview of Darcy has changed throughout the novel. Darcy is from of a wealthy, well-established family and the proprietor of the estate of Pemberley, Darcy is Elizabeth's male counterpart. The story is told in the point of view of Elizabeth rather than Darcy, so it seems as if Elizabeth is in the wrong, it is was written in an another perspective we could have realised that Darcy's character has not changed, he just decided to open up to Elizabeth. The reader notices that they are an ideal match for each other. They are both intelligent and slightly prejudiced however he was overly conscious of his social class. In the first proposal we see his pride and haughtiness after he is rejected his character becomes more humble. He does everything to win Elizabeth over like when he rescues Lydia and the entire Bennet family from disgrace, and when he goes against the wishes of his haughty aunt, Lady Catherine de Burgh, by continuing to court Elizabeth. Akua Frimpong ...read more.

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