Although Stovel’s idea has great potential for expansion, he fails at explaining this concept clearly. It is difficult to grasp the connection between the “moral” engagement of Elizabeth in “protecting herself from her own sharp intelligence” and her being “humiliated by Charlotte’s defection” (29). After all, Elizabeth prides herself on being a “studier of character” (Austen, 38) and she is shocked at – not “humiliated by” – Charlotte’s marriage to Mr. Collins. Elizabeth cannot believe her friend’s defection, because she has previously told Charlotte that it is unsound to believe “it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life” (Austen, 21). Stovel states that Elizabeth’s “psychological predicament” is being unable to think well of others (Stovel, 29).
(9.92). Later, when Mr. Darcy does propose to Elizabeth, he tells of how he will decline in class because of it as understood in, “He spoke well; but there were feelings besides those of the heart to be detailed; and he was not more eloquent on the subject of tenderness than of pride... ... middle of paper ... ...sgraced which causes an abundance of unexpected marriages just to heighten their standard even if they do not really love each other. This causes conflicts in both novels between the ones who really love each other. Manipulation ensues due to characters wanting to get the most out of situations to better themselves. However, the falling action and resolution makes a turn in two different directions.
At first she held feelings for Mr. Wickham and a sense of prejudice for Darcy. When Darcy proposes to Elizabeth she is shocked and offended by his prideful nature. “He believed, that were it not for the inferiority of her connections, he should be in some danger” (Austen, 33). During the proposal, Darcy emphasizes the distance in their social standings. This is an immediate turnoff for Elizabeth and reassures her feelings toward him.
For instance, Elizabeth Bennet did not like Mr. Darcy because he had hurt her pride; moreover, when she first met Mr. Wickham she felt compelled by his story of how Mr. Darcy had treated him unjust. This lead to Elizabeth becoming more prejudice in the story and swaying away her feelings from ever liking Mr. Darcy. However, Elizabeth eventually realizes that she misjudge Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham. “Pleased with the preference of one, and offended by the neglect of the other, on the very beginning of our acquaintance, I have courted prepossession and ignorance, and driven reason away, where either were concerned. Till this moment I never knew myself.
But towards the end of the novel, even after all their efforts and hopes of separating the two, Jane and Bingley manage to get married. Miss Bingley and Mrs. Hurst are forced to swallow their pride and make amends with Jane because they know that if they didn’t, Mr. Bingley would never like them. The Bingley sisters displayed their tolerance and mutual respect towards Jane after the lower social class prejudice was removed. Caroline Bingley’s attempts to seek the affection of Mr. Darcy are another example of her lack of self-respect. Her excessive pride is evident in her confidence that Darcy “belongs” to her because of their similarities in social status.
When Elizabeth recounts Mr. Wickham’s story behind his hostility toward Darcy to Jane, her initial thought is that, “They have both, been deceived, I dare say, in some way or other, of which we can form no idea” (Austen 89). This shows Jane’s propensity to see the best in people regardless of the judgment of others. If this continues through marriage, Jane would allow Darcy to stay the same and see his good qualities as overshadowing his bad ones. On the other hand, Jane’s youngest sister, Lydia, is too impulsive, selfish, and immature to change Darcy. Lydia’s immaturity is shown when she talks about, “What a good joke it will be” (Austen 284) referring to revealing her surprise elopement with Wickham to her family by signing her name “Lydia Wickham” on a letter.
Elizabeth, on the other hand, tends to jump to conclusions about people and form opinions based on other’s input. In the end, the narrator shows Mr. Darcy’s metamorphosis from a menacing, prideful man to a kindhearted, gentle man. Mr. Darcy shows Elizabeth a different, caring side to him and apologizes profusely for his former grievances. After Mr. Darcy concludes that he has, “never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by her,” (Austen. 38) he realizes he is flawed and shows willingness to change himself and, in turn, proves he will do anything for the love of Elizabeth.
Darcy’s rude and arrogant attitude is the cause for Elizabeth’s continuing contempt of him. As Elizabeth and Miss Lucas discuss the arrogant nature of Mr. Darcy, she says, “I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”(Austen Loc 217) She only sees the negative traits of Darcy and is unwilling to see her own prejudice of him. This is evidenced in their conversation as Darcy began, “There is I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil—a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.” Elizabeth’s response, “And you defect is to hate everybody.” “And yours is willfully to misunderstand them.”(Austen Loc 713) As Darcy’s feeling begin to change toward Elizabeth, his prideful attitude leads to even more uncertainty in their
This prejudice was kind of ironic, as the aspects of Darcy’s personality that Elizabeth didn’t like were ones that she also pertained to. For example, like Darcy, Elizabeth has a sharp tongue and doesn’t always think before she speaks. It was that sharp tongue that caused him to speak of Elizabeth in that manner- therefore it is not fair for Elizabeth to shame him for that. Later on, when Darcy proposes to her, she says: “...From the moment I met you your arrogance and conceit and your selfish disdain for the feelings of other made me realize that you are the last man in the world I could ever be prevailed
Elizabeth especially hurts the pride of Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Mr. Collins, both of whom she put in place with ego deflating comments. Arguably, believing Mr. Wickham demonstrates Elizabeth’s worst flaw because of the prejudice she forms against Mr. Darcy after the rumors spread of his “ill-doings”. She quickly judged Mr. Darcy’s character based on the words of Mr. Wickham, whom she knew for a shorter amount of time. Elizabeth directs almost all of her prejudice towards Mr. Darcy, which eventually leads to her pointed rejection of his