December 18, 2012
Mr. Darcy’s Language
Language is defined as “the method of human communication, either spoken or written, consisting of the use of words in a structured and conventional way. Mr. Darcy, in Jane Austen’s infamous novel Pride and Prejudice, seems to be a man of very few words. His language makes him come off as rude, arrogant, and doesn’t like the idea of mixing in between the social classes. He is wealthy; inquiring almost 10,000 pounds a year, and is overall a proud man. While his wealthy friend Mr. Bingley associates personally with the lower class, including the Bennet family, Mr. Darcy unwillingly travels along and portrays a rather unfavorable first impression to those around him. Wealth would usually impress others, but since his exterior comes off as ill-mannered, this cancels out any possibility of being well-liked. Within my paper, my goal is to analyze Darcy’s dialogues, including both his spoken and written languages, and to see how his character changes throughout the novel result because of it. The first time we are introduced to Mr. Darcy in the novel is when he attends the ball with Mr. Bingley after he had rented out the Netherfield estate. Mr. Bingley is not as wealthy as Darcy, however, and is worth half as much. This quickly catches the eye of Mrs. Bennet, in hopes that she would possibly be able to have two of her daughters married away in one shot. This news travels fast amongst the people in attendance, and Mr. Darcy is quickly seen as being even more handsome than Mr. Bingley himself. But, as the night goes on, his image is altered by his arrogance and rude manners, which rules him out as being a fine gentleman in their eyes. Wealth is something that is constantly running through their minds, and calculating how much is coming their ways if Mr. Darcy or Mr. Bingley would be married into their families. As soon as it’s clear that Mr. Darcy is not interested in being anywhere...
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