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Pride and Prejudice: an analysis of Mr. Wickham's character

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Introduction

´╗┐Analysis of Mr. Wickham?s Character To begin with, Wickham appears to have a good social etiquette which impresses the reader and Elizabeth, ?Mr. Wickham was the happy man towards whom almost every female eye was turned?. Wickham makes a firm first impression and he appears to be amiable with a friendly disposition. ?His appearance was greatly in favour...fine countenance?very pleasing address?, Wickham instantly takes Elizabeth?s favour and he seems a deferent character. Wickham is clever enough to encourage Elizabeth into thinking ill of Darcy by initially forming a trust with her and as Lizzy already dislikes him, it is easy for her to believe Wickham, ?I have known him (Darcy) ...read more.

Middle

Wickham: ?I cannot accuse myself of having really done anything to deserve to lose it?he hates me.? Due to the trust the reader and Lizzy have in Wickham, his story is accepted and we succumb to the claims he makes. Lizzy shows her naivety by immediately believing the story and replying ?He deserves to be publicly disgraced!? Wickham?s character begins to be doubted in chapter eighteen when Darcy says ?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.? However, as Darcy appears to us as such an ill-mannered character, we are unsure whether to believe him. ...read more.

Conclusion

Wickham?s bad character is finally confirmed in Darcy?s letter explaining Wickham?s purposes at length, ?he had some intentions of studying law?his life was full of idleness and dissipation?(Georgiana) was persuaded to believe herself in love, and to consent to an elopement?Mr. Wickham?s chief object was unquestionably my sister?s fortune.? Wickham is instantly seen for what he really is; superficial, deceitful and selfish with no concern for the damage he causes by his desire for pecuniary gain and greed. He masks his true character from Elizabeth and the reader and shows his true character of depravity. Emma NorthwoodPride and Prejudice ...read more.

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