How do pride and Prejudice affect the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth - Compare and Contrast the proposals of Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth.

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Compare and Contrast the proposals of Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth.

Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice in 1813. She was born December 16th 1775 in Basingstoke, and died on 18th July 1817 in Winchester. Only four books of hers were published during her lifetime. These are Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Emma and Pride and Prejudice. This essay is about Courtship and Marriage in her very popular book Pride and Prejudice.

Pride and Prejudice is about a mother, Mrs. Bennet and her five daughters. Mrs. Bennet's purpose is to marry off her daughters to suitable men. Her eldest daughter Jane is her pride and joy and she is assured that Jane will gain herself a husband who may be able to support her sisters as well as herself. The story is told through her sister Elizabeth, who is the only one who wishes to marry a man for love. Her younger sisters Lydia and Kitty are immature and very flirtatious.

In pride and prejudice Elizabeth Bennet is a very popular character. She is not like many woman of her time, she is very unique and her own individual. This is shown all the way throughout the book. Many women of the 19th century were from a young age and are encouraged to settle down and get married to a rich husband. Many women would marry a man of whom they did not love, and would never love. Married to a man whom they did not love was a better off life than a life of a spinster. In the novel this is shown through Charlottes Lucas and Mr Collins marriage. Charlotte Lucas does not love Mr Collins but seeing as she does not have any other better choices she has no other option than to do so.

Elizabeth Bennet is a true romantic she believes in true love, she does not go out specially to find love; she lets it come to her. She feels that if you love someone it does not matter about their status, money or possessions.

One of the main themes of the novel, Pride and Prejudice, is marriage. Austen portrays the many different attitudes to marriage that existed in her time through the medium of her characters.

In the novel 'Pride and Prejudice' quite a few marriages and proposals occur. Two proposals that we learn about are from Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy - these are two very interesting proposals, as you will see. Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy both choose to propose to Elizabeth and we find out that she rejects them both.

Mr Collins is a cousin to the Bennet; he is the nearest male relative to them. Mr Bennett intended on having a son to inherit the Longbourn estate, as this did not; Mr Collins is next in line to inherit the estate after Mr Bennet dies. In order for the estate to stay in the family, Mr Collins and particularly Mrs Bennet thought it would be appropriate that Mr Collins marry one of their five daughters, namely Elizabeth. When Mr Collins is first introduced, he seems to be seduced by Jane's beauty but after hints from Mrs Bennet that soon Jane could be engaged, the attraction passes and he is soon attracted to Elizabeth.

Mr Collins proposes to Elizabeth because it was " … on the particular advice and recommendation…" of Lady Catherine De Bourgh and also because he "… could not satisfy [himself] without resolving to choose a wife from among his [Mr Bennet's] daughters…" He was aware that such a marriage would be of great benefit to Elizabeth, as she would have secured her home. Mr Collins tries to entice Elizabeth further by stating that the marriage is a wish of someone he deems highly. Furthermore, Mr Collins takes it upon himself to set a good example for "… every clergyman in easy circumstances to set the example of matrimony in his parish…" which he belies he will be doing by marrying Elizabeth. Mr Collins does add, as an afterthought, that the marriage would add very greatly to his happiness. Mr Collins states Elizabeth is an enchantment to him and assured her in "… the most animated language of the violence of my affection…" However, if this statement were taken into account amongst what has happened in the Bennet household, it would suggest the contrary, as Elizabeth was not Mr Collins' first and last choice. He was first attracted to Jane. When Elizabeth rejected Mr Collins proposal, two days later Mr Collins went to Lucas Lodge to ask for the hand of Elizabeth's best friend, Charlotte Lucas. Charlotte accepts as she feels that this is her last chance of independence from her parents.

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Mr Darcy is a close friend of Mr Bingley's and a nephew of Lady Catherine De Bourgh whom Mr Collins works for.

Mr Darcy proposes in chapter 34 when Elizabeth goes to visit charlotte, three months after her marriage to Mr Collins. He visits Elizabeth when she turns down Lady Catherine De Bourgh's dinner party invitation, as she is ill. She is reading letters that Jane has sent from London where she is living with their aunt and Uncle Gardiner. Elizabeth can see from her letters that Jane is flustered that she has separated from Mr Bingley. ...

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