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"From your reading and viewing, compare Darcy, Bingley, Collins, and Wyckham as suitors/potential husbands"

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"From your reading and viewing, compare Darcy, Bingley, Collins, and Wyckham as suitors/potential husbands" There are several ways of comparing the potential of a man to be a suitor, ranging firstly from the possible social gain that the woman might achieve from marrying up a class, to the security that the man could offer them in terms of life quality and economic status, and lastly that they might actually be in love with each other and make each other happy. Mr Darcy, as a man, on first viewing, would appear to be the perfect suitor for any eligible woman. He is a man of great wealth (definitely within the top 1% wealthiest families in the country), and a man who offers a possibly massive step up in social hierarchy - that could increase the height of their family on the social ladder hugely. To most of the women in Hertfordshire, he would be seen as an ideal husband before they have met. He has a good reputation amongst his class as being a superbly mannered man, who is a brilliant dancer and a good friend, but the impression that he gives to the whole of Hertforshire is immensely different. ...read more.


In stark contrast, Mr Bingely makes a completely different impression on the locals in Hertfordshire. Although his wealth is large, immediately he is not considered as good a prospect as Darcy (financially his fortune is not in the same region as Darcy), and his handsomness compared to Darcy is questioned. However, he rapidly dissuades this view with he amiable manner and his desire to have danced with and conversed with every person in the room. His manners are impeccable, and he is just such a friendly, likeable person, that by the end of the night, not one person is sorry to have been acquainted with him. Mr Bingley would probably have been able to make any girl in Hertfordshire happy in a life with him, offering them a sound life financially, whilst he would take care of them and pay them the attention they deserve. However, there is clearly affection present between Jane and Bingley from the very start, and it does become apparent that the two are also meant to be together, and no other pairing involving either Bingley or Jane Bennet would please them as much. ...read more.


He fabricates stories to cover up the way that he has squandered all the promising opportunites that were offered to him by the Darcy family, and attempts to charm girls so that he might marry them for their fortune. He is, in truth, a leech, who moves from family to family on the chance that he might one day be able to exploit a woman's background to the extent that he can gain a far higher social status and a great deal more money. When he is unsuccesful with Darcy's sister due to Darcy's intervention, he is bitter and attempts to enforce his revenge by turning Elizabeth (who he probably acknowledges to be interested in Darcy) against Darcy and to Wyckham. However, his true colours soon emerge, but due to circumstances, they are not publicly revealed. This allows him to elope with Lydia, a silly, stupid girl, who has trouble perceiving people for what they really are, and thinks that life is all balls and flirting with men. The two seem to fit well together, Lydia has no concerns for what happens when she elopes with Wyckham, and Wyckham believes that despite (or through) all of his coniving he has still ended up with the wife to exploit that he needed. ...read more.

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