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How do pride and Prejudice affect the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth - Compare and Contrast the proposals of Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth.

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Compare and Contrast the proposals of Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth. Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice in 1813. She was born December 16th 1775 in Basingstoke, and died on 18th July 1817 in Winchester. Only four books of hers were published during her lifetime. These are Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Emma and Pride and Prejudice. This essay is about Courtship and Marriage in her very popular book Pride and Prejudice. Pride and Prejudice is about a mother, Mrs. Bennet and her five daughters. Mrs. Bennet's purpose is to marry off her daughters to suitable men. Her eldest daughter Jane is her pride and joy and she is assured that Jane will gain herself a husband who may be able to support her sisters as well as herself. The story is told through her sister Elizabeth, who is the only one who wishes to marry a man for love. Her younger sisters Lydia and Kitty are immature and very flirtatious. In pride and prejudice Elizabeth Bennet is a very popular character. She is not like many woman of her time, she is very unique and her own individual. This is shown all the way throughout the book. Many women of the 19th century were from a young age and are encouraged to settle down and get married to a rich husband. Many women would marry a man of whom they did not love, and would never love. Married to a man whom they did not love was a better off life than a life of a spinster. In the novel this is shown through Charlottes Lucas and Mr Collins marriage. ...read more.

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Elizabeth will gain financial and social stability as they will be connected to Lady Catherine De Bourgh (in Mr Collins opinion) and Mr Collins will achieve happiness in the match. Lady Catherine De Bourgh's ideas for Mr Collins on what she would like his wife to be, "... a gentlewoman for my sake; an active, useful sort of person, not bought up high..." and Mr Collins seeks Elizabeth who he believes has all the right qualities to be his wife. Mr Darcy's speech is serious compared to Mr Collins', and in his language shows he is in an agitated state of mind. This is shown in his body language as he is constantly pacing up and down while explaining to Elizabeth why he does not want to marry her! He is also very spontaneous in his speech as he explains to Elizabeth he wanted to conceal his admiration for her, but he cannot help himself. Mr Collins and Darcy again differ in their proposals as Jane Austen narrates Darcy's proposal and uses Mr Collins own words for his proposal, yet again showing Mr Collins comical side and Darcy's serious side. Jane Austen intends us to find Collins' proposal funny. Jane Austen also deliberately exaggerates his character. This is shown at the irony she uses at his expense. Irony is used when listing his reasons for marriage, love is normally first, but Mr Collins used it as his last reason for proposing to Elizabeth. Jane Austen narrates Mr Darcy's proposal to Elizabeth, she does this to show that Mr Darcy's proposal is more of a two way conversation and that it is a dialogue but Mr Collins proposal is more like a monologue, and he tends to dominate the conversation. ...read more.

Conclusion

As a man in the nineteenth century if you inherited land it would be yours until you died and would be passed onto your children, but a married woman's property and money went to her husband. Many men when proposing expected to be accepted, in the novel the two men who proposed to Elizabeth were Mr Darcy and Mr Collins. Mr Darcy expected to be accepted because of his class, he is of a higher class than Elizabeth and he has connections high up the social ladder. He also has a lot of money as well as land, which is mainly down to his inheritance. Mr Collins expected to be accepted because of his connections to Lady Catherine De Bourgh and of his good position as a clergyman, which is again down to Lady Catherine De Bourgh. They can be compared as both Mr Collins and Mr Darcy are arrogant and are very confident when proposing to Elizabeth. Both men disrespect Elizabeth's family but they ways in which they do this are different. Mr Darcy disrespects her by talking of their inferiority and Mr Collins talks of her parent's death. They also disrespect her feelings. Mr Darcy's proposal is serious. It reflects tension though between Darcy and Elizabeth. Darcy proposes at a crisis point in their relationship. Their bitter argument that follows makes Darcy behave in a more gentlemanly manner and proves him worthy of Elizabeth. The argument, which occurred when Darcy proposed to Elizabeth, where Elizabeth told Darcy of her feelings of resentment towards him, motivates their differences to be resolved. At length, when Darcy proposes to Elizabeth for the second time, he does so much more respectfully and humbly and is accepted at the end of the novel. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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