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What effect do pride and prejudice have on Darcy and Elizabeth's relationship and how does Darcy's letter after the refused proposal, affect Elizabeth's first impressions of him? Refer to chapters 33, 34, 35 and 36 in your answer.

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Introduction

What effect do pride and prejudice have on Darcy and Elizabeth's relationship and how does Darcy's letter after the refused proposal, affect Elizabeth's first impressions of him? Refer to chapters 33, 34, 35 and 36 in your answer. "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." This sentence is one of the most famous sentences ever written in English Literature and it is the opening sentence in Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'. The opening sentence in this novel is a very important guideline for the reader as it gives a glance of what to expect in terms of themes and writer's style. We can presume from the opening sentence that the upcoming themes in this novel could obviously be pride, prejudice, marriage, possession, heritage etc. The writer's style has also been exploited in the opening sentence as we know that the author writes very sophisticatedly because her use of vocabulary and sentence. 'Pride and Prejudice' was first published in 1813 and was originally known as 'First Impressions'. The novel was said to be written by 'an author'. This could be because at the time the novel was published, there was a biased view towards women. This 'view' restricted women to behave, work and live in a totally diverse way to the way men did. They were expected to sit home and sow, learn to play instruments and just behave in a very feminine like manner. ...read more.

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She follows her instincts and decides to stick with her refusal to Mr Collins proposal. The Bennet's then dine with the Lucases and Charlotte tolerates Mr Collins well. Mr Collins then goes on to propose to Charlotte Lucas the next day and she accepts. Charlotte goes to tell Elizabeth about her engagement and Elizabeth is shocked and disappointed that her friend would marry such an obnoxious fool. But Charlotte expects a comfortable life with Mr. Collins and aspires to nothing greater; however no true love between the two seems to be present. Elizabeth feels that their friendship is quite altered by Charlotte's decision, but she tries to move past her complete disgust. In chapter fifteen, we are introduced to a new character at Meryton, Mr Wickham. Wickham is a charming con-man who convinces Elizabeth that he was greatly wronged by Darcy, although things are actually the other way around. The dinner party at Mrs. Phillips' homes, Mrs Bennet's sister, Elizabeth sits next to Wickham. He is charming and pleasant as well as handsome. They begin a conversation, and Wickham tells Elizabeth how he grew up with Darcy and was a particular favourite of Darcy's father. Wickham was expected to become a minister, and Darcy's dad promised Wickham a parish at their estate, but after Old Mr Darcy died, Darcy disregarded his father's promise and refused the parish to Wickham. Wickham then says, "His pride never deserts him," and adds that Darcy didn't allow him to give the life he had deserved. ...read more.

Conclusion

Charlotte says, "If a woman conceals her affection with the same skill from the object of it, she may lose the opportunity of fixing him..." Elizabeth hadn't believed Charlotte at the time but had now realized that she was right. In conclusion, I think that without the pride and prejudice blinding both Elizabeth and Darcy, there relationship wouldn't have been successful. Albeit pride and prejudice prevented the two from getting to know each other from the beginning, it allowed them to realize that they have underestimated each other, and that both of them are actually fond of each other. If they had withheld their stereotypical views towards each other from the moment they had met, then they would have realized that they were actually affectionate towards each other. We can say that pride and prejudice slowed the relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy. Also, after reading Darcy's letter, Elizabeth begins to understand that her pride and prejudice got in the way of recognising Darcy's true character and that she let herself fall for Wickham's story. At first she wasn't fond Darcy because of his comment towards her at the Meryton ball, as he hurt her pride. After realizing that she let her views come in the way of Darcy's real personality, she starts to doubt all the views she had of Darcy and begins to like him for who he really is and this results in her accepting his proposal at the end, after all. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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