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Elizabeth and Darcy are contrasting characters. Their backgrounds are so different that marriage between theTwo seem impossible. How does Jane Austen devise a union?

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Elizabeth and Darcy are contrasting characters. Their backgrounds are so different that marriage between the Two seem impossible. How does Jane Austen devise a union? "...I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men". Darcy shows no compassion towards Elizabeth, neither does Elizabeth to Darcy. How can a union be made between the two? They have utterly contrasting characters it seems. However somehow Jane Austen makes marriage between them possible, even though, throughout the novel such a union seems impossible. "She is tolerable but not enough to tempt me". Elizabeth overheard this rude comment that Darcy made at the Netherfeild ball. Her pride was grazed by the rejection from Darcy. Lizzy's reaction is understandable as any woman in her situation would be hurt. Nevertheless, Lizzy seemed to laugh at such a comment. Already she finds Darcy a proud and arrogant man. This is the first obstacle; it is overcome slowly and gradually. Darcy and Lizzy have different backgrounds. Darcy's social background is superior to Lizzy's. Even worse Elizabeth's family's behaviour is, at times disgraceful. ...read more.


Both Bingley sisters are spiteful and sarcastic towards Bennets, except Jane but the soon tire of her too. "...I never could see any beauty in her." Comments such as this shows what the Bingley sisters think of Lizzy. However their comment make no difference in this case as far as anyone is concerned. Mr.Wickham is a character that seemed to cause a great deal of trouble for Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. He is a sly and scheming man and only cares about himself. Lizzy does not realise this at first. Mr.Wickham gained her trust and she believed him completely. Mr.Wickham made Lizzy believe that Darcy was a dreadful man who has cruelly mistreated innocent Wickham. When he eloped with her sister, Lydia, she was deeply distressed by the news as were her family. Little did Lizzy know that Darcy helped to resolve the situation by forcing Wickham to marry Lydia, paying him off and repaying Wickham's debts. This helped the family enormously but they did not know Darcy was involved. The reason Darcy did this was so that the rest of the girls could be married easily and to save their reputation. ...read more.


In addition, Darcy was kind and courteous to Lizzy and Mr and Mrs.Gardiner. Her feelings for Darcy became more obvious to herself and begin to grow. Georgiana, Darcy's sister, also influenced Lizzy as she was moved by the love she has for her brother. This made her think that could not be so terrible a man. She also finds his gentle and generous manner towards Georgina attractive, seeing a different and safer side to this aloof man. After examining how Jane Austen devises a union, I have come to the following conclusion; in most ways Elizabeth and Darcy are different-she is lively and teasing whereas Darcy is shy and reserved. This causes a mutual attraction between them. They may seem different but they do also have many things in common that may not be realised immediately. Jane Austen has made this novel interesting to read as she makes you think they will never get married and so the novel's conclusion is a romantic surprise. It shows the reader that anything is possible even if it seems to be impossible at first. The way this was constructed is very clever and extremely entertaining to read. ...read more.

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