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Elizabeth Bennet Received Two Very Advantageous Proposals Of Marriage - How Were They Similar? How Were They Different? Why Did She Reject Them Both?

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Elizabeth Bennet Received Two Very Advantageous Proposals Of Marriage. How Were They Similar? How Were They Different? Why Did She Reject Them Both? Elizabeth Bennet was the second oldest daughter in the Bennet family. She was also probably the most intelligent and the most outspoken of the five daughters. For many years her sister, Jane, and herself had discussed the prospects, advantages and disadvantages of getting married. Elizabeth had always said that she wanted to marry for love and not for social status or money and that was probably the main reason that she turned down both of the proposals. Perhaps one of the biggest differences between the two proposals was that Elizabeth could see Mr Collin's proposal coming from the moment he stepped foot in the Bennet household she knew that he would be looking to make a wife out of one of the Bennet sisters. And when Mr Collins found out that Jane looked as if she was going to become married to Mr Bingley, Elizabeth knew that Mr Collins would just move on to the second oldest and second most handsome daughter, and that was herself. ...read more.

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Although Mr Darcy did say this after Elizabeth's refusal, Elizabeth already knew that he had done this so disliked him even more before he proposed. Mr Collins insulted Elizabeth's family by saying, "To fortune I am perfectly indifferent, and shall make no demand of that nature on your father." To cut it short, he knew that he was much more better off and of a higher social stature, and he was basically rubbing this in her face, which was not what Elizabeth had expected when he finally got round to proposing to her. The two proposals clearly showed Elizabeth what the two men thought of her, and what their reasons for proposing to her were. She knew that the reasons for Mr Collins proposing to her were, number 1, because he had been told to by Lady Catherine de Bourgh to do so, number 2, because it seemed to him as though Jane was not available, and number 3, because he thought he had to marry one of Mr Bennet's daughters to express his gratitude for all he had done for him. ...read more.

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He was rude and obnoxious; he would not listen to what Elizabeth had to say, he did not believe that Elizabeth had refused his hand, but the thing that frustrated Elizabeth the most was that he did not respect Elizabeth's opinion. After each refusal, both men's feelings are clear. Mr Collins, who immediately after proposed to Charlotte, clearly had no real feelings towards Elizabeth for if he did, he would not have got over the rejection so quickly. Mr Darcy on the other hand was genuinely upset because he did love Elizabeth, he did not want to leave Elizabeth, but in the end respected her wishes and left whilst he still had feelings for her (this is shown later on in the book). The reason why she rejected them both comes back to her many discussions with Jane. She simply did not love either of them enough to spend the rest of her life with them. The reasons for this were that she could see right through Mr Collins, and she had not spoken to or seen enough of Mr Darcy, to get to really know him Rob Weetman 21st July 2003 ...read more.

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