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Write a close analysis of Chapter 43, showing how Jane Austen reveals Elizabeth's changing attitudes towards Mr. Darcy. To what extent is this chapter a turning point in the novel?

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Write a close analysis of Chapter 43, showing how Jane Austen reveals Elizabeth's changing attitudes towards Mr. Darcy. To what extent is this chapter a turning point in the novel? In this chapter it shows that peoples first impressions of other characters are misjudged. This is so because Elizabeth begins to look at evidence to show that really Mr. Darcy is a nice man after all, and her first impressions are proved drastically wrong. Mr. Darcy then with his impressions on lower classes is proved wrong when he seems to gain affection for Elizabeth's, Cheap Side Aunt & Uncle. Prejudice is introduced very early on in the book when Elizabeth's first impressions of Mr. Darcy are that he is very rude, stuck up and arrogant. She then carries on her discontent with him even after he has proposed to her. But all this begins to change when Elizabeth receives the letter from Darcy just after his proposal. This letter states Darcy's doings with Wickham, this is a great turning point as is one great reason for Elizabeth to hate him. She hates him through this because Wickham seems to have told a terrible lie, saying that Darcy failed to give him what was owed from Darcy's great father, due to this Elizabeth believes him and turns against Darcy. ...read more.

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She is drawn to his eyes looking at her they entrap her. She notices the deep smile on the painting in what she remembered seeing sometimes when he looked at her. As she stands looking at the picture for several minutes she realises there is much more to Darcy than she first encountered. Just before they quit fro the gallery she returns to Darcy's painting again, as it says in the text she gets a 'More gentle sensation towards the original, than she ever felt in the height of their acquaintance'. This to me shows that she really is falling for Darcy now, to go back to look at his photo again proves this. As she is beginning to like Darcy for whom he really is, her previous grievances for him seem to be long gone and she seems to have forget them now as she is seeing Darcy in a different light. All the evidence so far shows Elizabeth's changing of attitude towards Mr. Darcy. As it seems she is re-evaluating the man, evidence such as the way Mr. Darcy's eyes in the painting catch her or the way she praises everything about Pemberley seems to show this. She seems to really like the place; she hasn't praised anything in the book as much as she praises Pemberley this shows I believe her growing affection for Darcy. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is so because Darcy even states that Elizabeth has poor connections, these poor connections are in fact her Aunt & Uncle in which he has just made acquaintance. So Mr. Darcy, obviously reconsiders his first impression on her poor connections and then realises that they are actually very polite, courteous and actually very good acquaintances despite there poor background and there living area. Also Elizabeth seems to be contemplating more, you can tell this through the sense of language in which is used to describe Elizabeth's changing of view towards Mr. Darcy. In this chapter she is empowered this is because she is viewing Darcy how he really is, She can do this because now she doesn't have the prejudices she had before. I believe this chapter is quite a significant turning point in the novel; this is because Elizabeth's and Darcy's first impressions are both made to re-evaluate themselves. This is so because Darcy and the way his pride distinguishes his like for the inferiority of classes, and then Elizabeth's first impressions of Darcy are both somewhat changed in this chapter. Also in this chapter I believe that Darcy and Elizabeth grow closer together and both learn new feelings for each other especially Elizabeth. This is because she sees him for how he really is, how his housekeeper sees him this make her see him much differently. Jason Denton, 10s Page 1 of 4 ...read more.

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