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Elizabeth receives three proposals of marriage in 'Pride and Prejudice'. Why does she reject the first two and accept the third? You should consider: Elizabeth's motives for the decisions she makes

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Pride and prejudice Coursework Assignment C Q. Elizabeth receives three proposals of marriage in 'Pride and Prejudice'. Why does she reject the first two and accept the third? You should consider: * Elizabeth's motives for the decisions she makes * Her relationships with Mr Collins and Mr Darcy * Austen's presentations of the 3 proposals * The importance of marriage in the society of the time In reading Pride and Prejudice it becomes very apparent that marriage is a very central theme. In fact a lot of the action is focused on the main Character Elizabeth and her decisions on the three marriage proposals. Elizabeth receives three marriage proposals throughout the novel 'Pride and Prejudice'. However she rejects the first two and accepts the third. Elizabeth's motives for these decisions are based wholly on her relationships with Mr Darcy and Mr Collins. Throughout these decisions we gain a valuable insight of the character Elizabeth and also come to realise the enormity of the importance attached to marriage in her contemporary time. In the early 1800s marriage was vital for women if they were to live an affluent and socially acceptable lifestyle. Women in the early 1800s did not earn money; this was the man's job. Women therefore looked at marriage as means of stability, thus making women dependent on men. ...read more.

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Mr Collins thinks Elizabeth is teasing him and he doesn't give up. Elizabeth says "...I am perfectly serious in my refusal.--You could not make me happy, and I am convinced that I am the last woman in the world who would make you so," she tries to put her words clear, plain and simple and though they may sound harsh they need to be harsh so that Mr Collins will accept her refusal. Mr Collins has an inability to accept her refusal and continues on as he sees her refusal as forms of encouragement. "You are informingly charming!....and I am persuaded that when sanctioned by the express authority of both your excellent parents, my proposals will not fail of being accepted," the presentation of this proposal by Austen has made this event quite comical to readers as the pompous Mr Collins will just not give up. His lack of self-knowledge and uncritical mind means he does not understand Elizabeth's refusal. Elizabeth's motives for rejecting her first proposal from Mr Collins are clear. She barely knows Mr Collins, he is unbearable to be with, they have nothing in common and there is a huge lack of attraction. Elizabeth is a very witty, strong and intelligent. She is principled and determined to marry for love -or not at all, thus going against believes of many women who marry for stability. ...read more.

Conclusion

made it clear to himself and his friends that she had hardly a good feature in his face , than he began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her dark eyes, he began to wish to know more of her." Darcy began to notice her intelligence and how interesting she was. Though Darcy had a change of heart Elizabeth had no indication of it and so still found him arrogant, obnoxious and too proud. Elizabeth then feel in love with Wickham who wrongly filled her with lies about Darcy and so she did not notice Darcy's attraction for her. Consequently Elizabeth dislikes Darcy even more and their relationship becomes strained. In the end her relationship with Darcy ends well, after learning how caring he is and how much he done for her while she was oblivious to all the things he done to keep her happy. Personally I feel the Novel 'Pride and Prejudice' was very enjoyable, it is relevant today in showing how prejudice people can be, but if they are not prejudice they will learn a lot more about people and their kindness. I feel this is the message Austen is putting through, that we should not be prejudice because there can be a whole other side to a person. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ciara Loughran 11X English Coursework Miss Mc Aleer ...read more.

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