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Pride and prejudice coursework: Elizabeth receives proposals of marriage from both Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy

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Pride and prejudice coursework Elizabeth receives proposals of marriage from both Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy. In an essay write responses to the following questions: > Under what circumstances are the proposals made? > How does Elizabeth respond to them and why? > How does Jane Austen (Author) present the proposals to the reader? Finally say how you respond to the way marriages are presented in the novel as a whole. Your essay should also make reference to the language Austen uses and include a contextual background. In this coursework I will be writing about the different marriage proposal that Elizabeth is offered by two completely different people. From the novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The three main people I will be looking at are Mr Collins, Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. Elizabeth gets a proposal from both Mr Collins and Mr Darcy but the response she will be giving is not quite either men were expecting. I will also have further explanations on how Jane Austen's use of language is in the proposals. Mr Collins first set eyes on Jane the daughter of Mr and Mrs Bennet to be his lawful wedded wife, but he soon finds out that she is going to be engaged to Mr Bingley. Mr. Collin's attention then changed from Jane to Elizabeth. He found her equal in, 'birth and beauty.' Mr. Collins wanted to settle the argument between his father and Mr. Bennet; he hoped to do this by marrying one of Mrs. Bennet's daughters. Lady Catherine de Bourgh had influenced Mr. ...read more.

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He thinks women will beg at his feet to marry. Jane Austen adds a bit of humor by producing such a character like Mr. Collins. He is a very dull type of person and doesn't know that he's been rejected even if it slapped him on the face Mr. Darcy met Jane in the Meryton ball. They enjoyed each other's company and danced together. But there was an inappropriate interference by Mr. Darcy who thought Jane and Mr. Bingley's relationship was unsuitable. Mr. Bingley moved to London on the say of Mr. Darcy. This shows how influenced Mr. Bingley is by people like Mr. Darcy who is a very powerful character. Mr. Darcy is socially superior and this is evident at the beginning at the Meryton ball. He stands and dresses in a particular style and he kept his distance from anyone he didn't particularly know. He has contact with very few people, so he is isolated. He feels it is below him to dance. When Mr. Bingley asks if he should be introduced to Elizabeth, he says: "She is tolerable: but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men." His first impressions of her are negative and this shows his arrogance because he doesn't know much about Elizabeth until he meets her but judges her only by rank. He is rude and bitter towards her; this shows how cold his character is. Jane Austen created his character to comment on how important class was. ...read more.

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The initial attraction was based on good looks and affection for one another. But after the initial attraction, Mr. Wickham becomes disinterested in Lydia and this is even more of a problem. Lydia doesn't understand the shame she has brought upon her family and boasts that all her sisters should "look up" to her because she is a "married woman. Overall I think the marriage system in Pride and Prejudice is very typical of the 18th century period. If you were a person of high standard and class, the chances of getting married were very likely at the time. It was also very rare for someone to turn down an offer made by a person so wealthy. Another obvious marriage scheme we see is by Wickham and Lydia's marriage. They were attracted to each other by looks Lydia goes for Wickham because he's in a soldiers suite, and Wickham for Lydia because she's a young lady. They ran away and done something which is not expected from people of such high class. It did happen at the time but mainly by working class people, it was not often for it to be seen by people like Lydia and Wickham. This brought shame upon the Bennet family and now Lydia and Wickham has to get married, Lydia being a young and impractical girl does not know what is going on, but Mr. Wickham now regrets getting married to Lydia seeing as how dim-witted she is, likewise Mr. Bennet and Mrs. Bennet. Mr. Bennet is now stuck with her and spends most his time in the library away from Mrs. Bennet and her annoying yelling and screaming. Also Elizabeth and Jane getting a marriage proposal from people like Bingley and Darcy was very unlikely. ?? ?? ?? ?? Abu Junayed ...read more.

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