Compare And Contrast Mr Wickham And Darcy

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Pride and Prejudice: The Evolutions of Mr. Wickham and Mr. Darcy

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has emphases on how characters are perceived by the world they live in. Mr. Darcy is an unpopular and misunderstood character who is the symbol of pride throughout the novel. Mr. Wickham is a charismatic soldier who is perceptive of those around him and capitalizes on his knowledge. Throughout the novel similarities and differences between characters are highlighted. Mr. Wickham and Mr. Darcy grew up together, yet Mr. Darcy is known for having a disagreeable countenance and a large sense of pride and Mr. Wickham is more charming, charismatic, and socially well-versed. In the fourth chapter of Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth says “It does not necessarily …show more content…

Darcy’s, Mr. Wickham is received well by Elizabeth when they first encounter one another. Wickham seems to embody what any and every eligible young woman should desire in a partner, except for wealth. “Mr. Wickham…was happy to say he had accepted a commission in their corps. This was exactly as it should be; for the young man wanted only regimentals to make him completely charming. His appearance was greatly in his favour; he had all the best parts of beauty, a fine countenance, a good figure, and very pleasing address. The introduction was followed up on his side by a happy readiness of conversation – a readiness at the same perfectly correct and unassuming…” (Austen 49). Mr. Wickham shows traits that make him appear to be a good, well-mannered man. He exudes a confidence and likability that allows him to be met with positive impressions and left with an affirmative encounter.
Throughout Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy is a grave symbol of pride. He notes on how his societal ranking is too high above Elizabeth’s for it to be rational to marry her, while proposing to her for the first time. In a letter to Elizabeth, Darcy also notes how the Bennet family’s improper manners and actions negatively influence the perception of their family and undermine the acceptable traits and actions of Elizabeth and Jane. He is easily looked down upon, most pertinently by Elizabeth until his past is revealed in a …show more content…

Wickham makes it so he will only marry Lydia for money, as he had intended to do with any nuptial. In order to persuade Wickham to wed, Darcy pays Wickham’s debts “amounting…to considerably more than a thousand pounds, another thousand in addition” to settle with Lydia and Darcy also purchases Wickham’s commission (Austen 217). Darcy pays for Lydia and Wickham’s entire wedding, after paying Wickham’s debts and paying off Wickham to marry. Darcy’s character is enforced by the fact that he makes it so the two wed. He is involved with all of the finances and duties surrounding their wedding until they are officially wed; he goes as far as standing at their wedding, to ensure Wickham follows

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