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The Change in Darcy's Character From Chapter 3 through to Chapter 45

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Introduction

The Change in Darcy's Character From Chapter 3 through to Chapter 45 Darcy is from one of the wealthiest aristocratic families in England. He is the sole son and heir to a huge fortune and a magnificent estate at Pemberley. Throughout the course of the novel Darcy's character changes dramatically. The character of Darcy is introduced to the reader in chapter 3. He is established as a friend of Charles Bingley. At the beginning of the novel Darcy's character is in many respects repulsive. His theatrical arrogance, even insolent rudeness at beginning suits his theatrically dazzling wealth and good looks, "his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien". He is at first only represented by his exterior and not his internal content, although this just further justifies his arrogant actions. He is both a representation of pride and of prejudice at the beginning of the novel. " She is not handsome enough to tempt me". Darcy's pride in his position in society leads him initially to scorn anyone outside of his own social circle. ...read more.

Middle

The use of the omniscient narrator and the readers understanding emphasises Darcy's true feelings and creates empathy for Darcy. It is at this point that the reader accepts the beginnings of a relationship between the central characters of Elizabeth and Darcy. However as the plot develops, Darcy's character seems to fluctuate from his classic arrogance to his far more favourable gentlemanly ego. This however must be seen in light of the present events. Darcy's changing characteristics are seen mostly through the eyes of the ever changing and learning Elizabeth, who, is presently favourably impressed by Mr Wickham. Wickham does not help the situation; he begins to paint a dark picture of Darcy's behaviour and nature, which is easily imprinted on the ever-interested Elizabeth. Darcy's character is once again highlighted in his conversation with Elizabeth in chapter 31. He is becoming more social able and able to express his feelings towards Elizabeth far better than before. This is emphasised by Austen by the extended metaphor she uses in the conversation, in which Darcy and Elizabeth analyse each other's character. ...read more.

Conclusion

After the coincidental meeting at Pemberley she is practically forced by Austen to accept the change and realise whom Darcy really is, removing the majority of her prejudice towards him. " Such a change in a man of so much pride, excited not only by astonishment but gratitude- for to love, ardent love, it must be attributed". After this point Austen allows us to see Darcy as a man of sense. "It was a union that must have been to the advantage of both; by her ease and liveliness, his mind might have been softened, his manners improved, and from his judgement, information, and knowledge of the world, she must have received benefit of greater importance". We see their relationship along with Darcy's character move towards a distant positive. The character of Darcy goes through a broad change through the novel. He is first seen as a dark, arrogant character of little real feeling, but transforms into a character of sense and love. However it is mostly controlled by Austen's allowance of Elizabeth to overcome her prejudice and see the real man. Darcy's character on the whole is seen through a set of biased eyes that never really accept his true representation. ...read more.

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