The Ways Jane Austen Makes Us Admire Elizabeth and Dislike Lady Catherine

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How does Jane Austen make us admire Elizabeth and dislike Lady Catherine in this chapter? (Chapter 56) In Jane Austen's progressive novel she encourages the reader to dislike Lady Catherine by presenting her outraged, insulting, snobbery in full flood. With Elizabeth’s confident rebuttal to of all Lady Catherine’s insults and demands she forms a foil of Elizabeth and lets us admire her. Lady Catherine's interrogation of Elizabeth is almost thrilling; she has asked Elizabeth to confirm the ‘scandalous falsehood’ of the marriage between her and Mr. Darcy. Elizabeth is astonished by her address, but does not answer her directly. While Lady Catherine repeats her questions several times, Elizabeth does ‘not chuse to answer.’ Her intelligence allows her to bypass the question. Lady Catherine is trying various ways stop the marriage that actually isn’t happening between Elizabeth and Darcy by threatening to spread the ‘gossip’ about Lydia’s, ‘patched up business’, but she doesn’t realise it was in fact Darcy who did this. It is ironic that a repetition of this kind of injudicious interference with Darcy, has actually gave him the courage to propose to Elizabeth, the opposite of her intentions. Lady Catherine tries to trick Elizabeth into feeling guilty, because of her inferior birth as it would ‘… ruin him in the opinion of his friends and make him the contempt of the world.’ She does not want to accept the idea of new classing boundaries being drawn. The way, in which society works is that no one marries ‘beneath’ them, therefore society won’t change and Lady Catherine's superiority will be stable. After insulting, demanding and threatening Elizabeth, Lady Catherine leaves ‘most seriously displease’ with the same answer, Elizabeth is not married. Elizabeth encourages the irony where Lady Catherine is behaving as if something daunting is about to happen, her exaggeration leads Elizabeth in gentle mockery to say, “these are heavy misfortunes”. Although Lady Catherine...
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