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Trace the relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy throughout Pride and Prejudice

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Introduction

Trace the relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy throughout Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen was born in Hampshire on the 16th of December 1775. Jane was the daughter of the Reverand George Austen, Janes family were financially well off and she was brought up well throughout her childhood. Where Jane lived there was endless opportunities to mix socially and observe human behaviour in close detail which has consequently influenced her ideas and her views on certain things. Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813 and is set in the early 1800's a time when money and social status was tremendously important. If you were not wealthy you were looked down on as a lower class citizen, the only way a woman could gain social improvement was to get married to a wealthy man. This novel is similar to many of Jane Austen's other novels, is written in a gentle satire. The main object of Jane's satire in the novel is the ignorance of the people. The reader is informed of the main subject of the novel from the first sentence, "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." ...read more.

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Bingley are divided which also gives us another observation of Elizabeth's character. Charlotte believes that is perfectly acceptable for a woman to marry for one primary reason, social improvement and to become financially secure "but there a very few of us who have heart enough to be really in love without encouragement" On the other hand Elizabeth has much more morality than Charlotte Lucas and believes that a relationship between a man and a woman should take its course naturally and that they should marry solely for love and happiness "your plan is a good one replied Elizabeth where nothing is in question but the desire of being well married." When Darcy and Lizzy meet again at the Lucas party it is revealed to the reader that Darcy is attracted to Lizzy but he is unaware that Lizzy has already built up a dislike to him. "In understanding Darcy was the superior .Bingley was by no means deficient ,but Darcy was clever. He was at the same time haughty, reserved and fastidious and his manners ,though well bred, were not inviting." Elizabeth discovers this discription of Darcy at the Netherfield Ball when he is overheard commenting about Elizabeth,which he says "she is tolerable but not quite handsome enough to tempt me." ...read more.

Conclusion

Its also is found out that Darcy carried out all these acts solely for one reason and that was fo the love and happiness of Elizabeth Bennet . When we talk about Pride and Prejudice you usually associate the book with Darcys pride and Lizzys Prejudice but Lizzy also had a little bit of pride aswell as we see when she turns down Mr. Collins and the way she views Charlotte Lucases marriage to Mr. Collins " Upon my word Sir cried Elizabeth 'your hope is rather an extraordinary one after my declaration' " Behind Darcys pride there is a certain sense of shyness, 'when he was at the town ball at the Assembly Hall in Meryton and refused to dance I think this was because of shyness towards strangers.' Elizabeth now fully respects Darcy after finding out the truth about him from his letter. She admires him for being who he is, a man of manners, decorum and integrity. I think Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet would have a good marriage and be happy together because they both complement each other. Lizzy's good humour and liveliness compensates for Darcys seriousness. The most unlikely marrigage to occur throughout the novel and the one that's turns out to be the strongest. Darcy is a man of reason, stability and intellect. ...read more.

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