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Pride and Prejudice is a novel that illustrates the way people always have to be in control of what they say

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Jinesh Malde Mr. Knister World Masterpiece II 12th February 2005 Pride and Prejudice Do marriages have to be determined by money, power and social status? Marriage is a legal union of a man and woman as a husband and wife. It requires respect for one another's opinion. In the eighteenth century, women were expected to get married and to have children. Jane Austen's book The Pride and Prejudice is a novel that illustrates the way people always have to be in control of what they say and decisions should be taken by rational ways rather than emotional. Marriage proposals are determined by social values rather than love and emotions. Elizabeth is the main character of the novel who receives two proposals for marriage, one from Mr. Collins and another one from Mr. Darcy. Elizabeth is the second oldest daughter of Mr. Bennet who is a member of high society in the town of Meryton, and he owns Loughborn estate. She is bold, intelligent, educated, loving, reasonable and an emotional young woman. ...read more.

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He does not even mention any good qualities that Elizabeth has, and he is selfish and narrow-minded. When Elizabeth first refuses for the marriage proposal, Mr. Collins thinks that it is a ritual for women to first refuse even if they secretly admire their match. Mr. Collins is convinced that Elizabeth cannot find a better match than himself because she is not going to inherit much money. He is convinced that she is refusing the proposal so that he can be encouraged to propose again. Elizabeth declines the proposal again. He foolishly says that Lady Catherine would not approve Elizabeth's behavior but her superiority would never disapprove Elizabeth. Although Elizabeth refuses him again, he says, "I shall hope to receive a more favourable answer than you have now given me" when they meet again (74). He assures Elizabeth financial and economic stability but no love. He is convinced that his marriage proposal will not be turned down, but ultimately it is turned down. The second proposal comes from Mr. ...read more.

Conclusion

Bingley. When Mr. Darcy and Mr. Collins propose to Elizabeth, they both think about their own social status but the difference between them is that Mr. Darcy does it for love and Mr. Collins does it thinking that he is doing a favor to Elizabeth. Their expectations are that Elizabeth will not turn down their proposals but she does. Mr. Darcy is a gentleman because he does not object the wrong insult about Wickham that Elizabeth puts on him. He simply wishes for the best of her health and leaves. Mr. Collins reaction is far amusing because he thinks that Elizabeth has lost something valuable. In the end Mr. Darcy says, "I have courted prepossession and ignorance, and driven reason away, where either were concerned. Till this moment, I never knew myself."(249) showing that Elizabeth changed him. Elizabeth also changes her view towards Mr. Darcy and soon they get married. As Pearl Buck said, "A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love" (Quote). Same applies to Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth because they learn to improve their character by loving each other. ...read more.

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