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How is the character of Mr Darcy presented as sometimes proud and sometimes caring in different parts of the novel?

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´╗┐How is the character of Mr Darcy presented as sometimes proud and sometimes caring in different parts of the novel? Remember to write about the society in which they live in. Jane Austen presents Mr Darcy as sometimes proud and sometimes caring through different ways, including actions, speeches, his relationship with other characters and their comments on him. In the beginning of the novel, Mr Darcy is presented as a very proud man. In the country ball, he ?danced only once with Mrs Hurst and once with Miss Bingley? and ?declined being introduced to any other lady.? Here, his pride is presented through his actions. The verb ?decline? refers to a courteous refusal. This shows that he is very proud of his high social status and is quite snobbish, therefore he only socialises with people who also have high social status e.g. the Bingleys and is not interested in making acquaintances with people whose social status are lower than him, e.g. the middle class Bennets. This is because in that society, the lines of class are strictly drawn. While the middle class may socialize with the upper class, they were clearly socially inferior to the upper class and were often treated as such. ...read more.


However, his confidence can be justified as in that society, women need to marry well in order to ensure their financial security after the death of their fathers; therefore it is reasonable for Mr Darcy to assume that his wealth would be enough to tempt Elizabeth to marry him. Mr Darcy is also very caring, especially to his friends and family. In the middle of the novel, this is presented through his action of separating Jane and Mr Bingley. On the surface, it might appear to be an act of snobbery, but Mr Darcy has only done it because of his genuine care towards his friend and his desire to protect Mr Bingley from a bad marriage, as he says, ?Towards him I have been kinder than towards myself.? He consider the marriage between Jane and Mr Bingley inappropriate both because of the inferiority of Jane?s social status and his belief that Jane is indifferent to Mr Bingley, which leads to the fear that their marriage will not be a happy one. In the end of the novel, when he realises that he has misjudged Jane?s feelings towards Mr Bingley through his own observation, he ?made a confession to him?. ...read more.


Although he has always been caring towards Elizabeth from the beginning of the novel, especially when he defences her from Miss Bingley?s attacks, it is more prominent towards the end of the novel. When he finds her distressed over the elopement of Lydia and Mr Wickham, he speaks to her ?in a tone of gentleness and commiseration?. His tone and speech show how caring he is towards her and ?gentleness? and ?commiseration? suggest that he tries to calm and soothe her while showing sympathy and concern for her. Later, he tries to do everything in his power to help her and her family, which includes meeting, reasoning and bribing Mr Wickham whom he despises in order to make him marry Lydia, a woman whom he disdains. He later admits himself that it is ?the wish to bring happiness to Elizabeth? that leads him to do it. This self-sacrificing action demonstrates the level of his care and love towards Elizabeth. In conclusion, Mr Darcy is presented as a proud character in the first half of the novel but he becomes more and more caring towards the end of the novel. In fact, he has always been caring to his friends and family from the beginning of the novel. His contrasting characters are mainly presented through his actions, speeches and other characters? comments on him. ...read more.

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