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Pride and Prejudice - Both Darcy and Mr Collins propose to Elizabeth. Compare and contrast their proposals of marriage.

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GCSE English Coursework - Pride and Prejudice Both Darcy and Mr Collins propose to Elizabeth. Compare and contrast their proposals of marriage. Mr Collins is a clergyman who works for his patroness Lady Catherine de bourgh and who proposed to Elizabeth Bennet. The main reason why he wished to marry was to please Lady Catherine. The reasons for Mr Collins choice of one of the Bennet sisters was because as he inherits the Longbourne Estate after their father's death he wished one of his cousins to have a secure home. Elizabeth was not his only choice, at first he was attracted by her older sister Jane Bennet but after he found out she was not available he transferred to Elizabeth. After the refusal he decides to propose to Elizabeth's Charlotte Lucas. This proposal occurs in Chapter 19 of the novel at the beginning. Darcy's proposal occurs in the second half of the novel in Chapter 34. This took place on the night Elizabeth was to have dinner with Lady Catherine de bourgh but had a headache because she had discovered that Darcy was the one who tried to separate Jane and Bingley because he thought the Bennet family were inferior. Mr Collins proposal takes place in Elizabeth's family home at Longbourn in Hertfordshire. Mr Darcy's proposal takes place in Mr Collins house in Kent at Hunsford. Darcy proposes spontaneously without asking Elizabeth's parents permission. In contrast Mr Collins had asked Mrs Bennet's permission before proposing as he knew she would be very pleased. ...read more.

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Before he speaks he is silent to collect his thoughts and emotions to him and what he has to reply back as. "At length in a voice of forced calmness he said". Much emphasis is placed on. Mr Darcy's body language seems to be very outstanding at first when he enters he seems to walk from one end of the room to another. In both proposals both men are very tactless about Elizabeth's parents and both expected to be accepted. Elizabeth's response to Mr Collins proposal was very polite. It was a conventional decline as she uses words such as 'Thanks and honour'. "Accept my thanks, I am very sensible of the honour" This shows that she respects his offer but is unable to take it. She uses short and direct replies but speaks in a calm and polite way so it does not offend Mr Collins. She has not been given a chance to speak, up till now. The response to Mr Darcy's proposal was not so firm or concise. She speaks directly and in anger and is furious. "In such cases I believe the established mode to express a sense of obligation for the sentiments avowed, however unequally they may be returned" Elizabeth uses long sentences. She is aware of the conventions of refusing a proposal, but does not follow them easily. She is critical of him separating Bingley and Jane. She also reminded him of his supposed ill treatment of Mr Wickham. ...read more.

Conclusion

Charlotte felt she would not receive another proposal and therefore accepted Mr Collins. In contrast with Elizabeth who was 20. She considers love as well as finances in marriage to be important. She is not a conventional woman. She does see herself as equal to Mr Darcy, even though she does not have the same amount of money or the estate, but in her eyes she is equal. In Conclusion I would say that during these two proposals the similarities were that the both characters proposing were very tactless about Elizabeth's parents. They both were expecting to be accepted because of their high status in the community and their wealth and property. The differences were that only Mr Collins asked Mrs Bennets permission Mr Darcy did not ask permission as he proposed spontaneously. The settings were in completely different. Mr Collins had motives in which love came last. Mr Darcy only had 1 motive which, was love and came first. In both cases these proposals have a important function in the novel. After the refusal from Mr Collins proposal he proposed to Charlotte after 2 days which she accepted. This facilitates Mr Darcy's proposal which happens when she visits her friend Charlotte. Mr Darcy's proposal was serious, it created conflict between the two characters in his proposal and drama. After that disturbing proposal Mr Darcy changes to be more like a gentleman and seeks to salvage the Bennet's reputation by facilitating a marriage between Wickham and Lydia. When Darcy proposes for the second time for which he is accepted at the end of the novel. ?? ?? ?? ?? Hanna Iqbal 10RV ...read more.

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