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An analysis of Mr Darcy as a suitor for Elizabeth Bennet in "Pride and Prejudice" Pride and Prejudice was first published in 1813 and has consistently been Jane Austen's most popular novel. It portrays a country life in a gentle rural society of day, and tells us of the initial misunderstandings; confusion, false impressions and later mutual enlightenment between Elizabeth Bennet, whose liveliness, intellectual abilities and quick wit make her a very agreeable character and the haughty, sharp Fitzwilliam Darcy, which makes him a not so agreeable person at first. The novel explores the ways in which the characters first view each other and how it changes throughout the course of the novel. In the novel Elizabeth Bennet has three potential courtships but Mr. Darcy stands out from the very beginning and we will be exploring his suitability and relationship with Elizabeth Bennet. Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy is a wealthy gentleman, the master of Pemberley, and the nephew of Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Although Darcy is intelligent and honest, his excess of pride causes him to look down on his social inferiors and this is the main reason why Elizabeth Bennet dislikes him at frist. Over the course of the novel, he tempers his class-consciousness and learns to admire and love Elizabeth Bennet for her strong character. ...read more.


Lizzie's feeling for Darcy is, however, much like they were during the first ball, uncaring and ignorant. When Darcy addresses her she says: ``Heaven forbid! -- That would be the greatest misfortune of all! -- To find a man agreeable whom one is determined to hate! -- Do not wish me such an evil.'' This shows that her feelings for him are still the same, and she dislikes him so much that she doesn't even wish to speak to him. This could also indicate that she was hurt by what he said in the first ball and still holds a grudge against him. Their relationship at this point is very one sided. Although Lizzie despises Darcy, she finds herself dancing with him at the ball and their conversation leads on to talking about Mr. Wickham. At this point in the novel, Elizabeth knows Mr. Wickham's side of the story about why Darcy dislikes him. Mr. Darcy says to her ``Mr. Wickham is blessed with such happy manners as may ensure his making friends -- whether he may be equally capable of retaining them, is less certain.'' Elizabeth thinks that Mr. Wickham has been completely truthful to her about him and Mr. Darcy's relationship, which means she doesn't trust Mr. Darcy at all even though she has yet to hear his side of the story, you can see from this that she is very quick to jump to conclusions, so she dislikes Darcy even more for this as she thinks Mr. ...read more.


to be with which means that they were looked upon as a very unlikely couple and they think it is very ironic but, it is apparent to the reader that Elizabeth's opinion of him has changed drastically throughout the novel. However, the phrase goes "opposites attract," and this was the case with Darcy and Elizabeth. Mr Darcy would make a great suitor, what with his wealth and prospects. However seeing as Elizabeth's first impression was a bad one, Mr Darcy does not come off very well but towards the end, we see that the more Elizabeth gets to know him, the more he lets his guard down, and she sees he's a kind man underneath and they have a growing relationship, and their relationship makes the reader want to find out more and know more about them. Overall, Mr Darcy is very well suited to Elizabeth, although it cannot be seen at first, you can see that her attitude and opinions towards him change and this is what the novel is trying to hilight. That people's opinions can change due to many different happenings and that the first impression may be wrong so you shouldn't judge people on what you are told or what you first believe. Mr Darcy also comes under this category and Elizabeth bennet and Mr. Darcy's relationship benefit from this and they both suit each other very well. Fiona Nam 11W ...read more.

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