Compare and Contrast the Proposals That Elizabeth Bennet Receives from Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy.

Topics: Elizabeth Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Pride and Prejudice Pages: 2 (759 words) Published: December 13, 2011
Pride and Prejudice (1819), written by Jane Austen is based on the middle class social life in England during the early nineteenth century. It is written around Elizabeth, who is a daughter of an estate owner and her family. Elizabeth and her elder sister have reached their age and their mother seeks suitable gentlemen as their husbands. Meanwhile Elizabeth receives marriage proposals from two distinctive persons, the foremost by Mr. Collins for whom Elizabeth’s family estate is entailed and shortly from one Mr. Darcy, a rich land owner from the city. Both of the offers of marriage show their characteristic differences while sharing some aspects in common. The marriage proposals Elizabeth receive (in chapters 19 and 34) are similar in certain ways. First of all, by the time Elizabeth receives the proposals, she possesses a disliking towards both the gentlemen. The negative attitude towards Mr. Collins is due to his obvious insensibility and his serious obligations to Lady Lucas. She hates Mr. Darcy too, for several reasons like his extreme pride and breaking up the unity between her sister and Mr. Bignley. But both the gentlemen, unaware of her mindset, expect that Elizabeth would readily accept the offers. For example, Mr. Collins states, “…and moreover for coming into Hertfordshire with the design of selecting a wife, as I certainly did.” (Chapter 19) Mr. Darcy is described, “As he said this, she could easily see that he had no doubt of a favorable answer.” (Chapter 34) Furthermore, both the gentlemen possess a high account of their social back ground and have a feeling that Elizabeth is much inferior in her status. For instance, Mr. Collins says recovering Lady Lucas’s words, “Let her be an active…..not brought up high” justifying his choice. Elizabeth observes “His sense of her inferiority- of its being degradation…” in Mr. Darcy’s speech. Eventually both offers towards Elizabeth turn out to be unsuccessful.

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