Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

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“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too” (Paulo Coelho. Web.). In Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, the false façade of Mr. Darcy slowly peels away until his true personality is revealed. His upstanding values are misused and insensitive, but through the love he develops for Elizabeth he strives to become a better person worthy of her affections.
Proud and arrogant, Mr. Darcy stands at the head of the room giving a cold, dark stare. He gives the impression at the first ball to the people of Meryton that he is prideful, looks down upon their society, and that he possesses poor manners. Mr. Darcy, new to town, is perceived by the Bennets in a demeaning light. After the ball Elizabeth’s mother says, “…Lizzy does not lose much by not suiting his fancy; for he is a most disagreeable, horrid man, not at all worth pleasing. So high and so conceited that there was no enduring him! He walked here, and he walked there, fancying himself so very great! […] I quite detest the man." (Austen. 9.). The opinions Elizabeth holds of Mr. Darcy are completely formed from the opinions of others. She also does this because at the first ball she hears Darcy exclaim to his friend, “She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me,” (Austen. 7). From then on, she continually attacks him with snide, biting remarks. Because Mr. Darcy refuses to dance with Elizabeth at the first ball in Meryton, she becomes determined “never to dance with him,” (Austen. 13). Elizabeth soon meets Mr. Wickham, who lies to portray Mr. Darcy as a coward who disobeyed his father and ruined Wickham’s life. Through his deceitful charm, he gains Elizabeth’s trust. In ad...

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... hospitality towards any of the Bennets, as expressed when he tells Elizabeth, “I certainly have not the talent which some people possess, of conversing easily with those I have never seen before,” (Austen. 132). 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.

Works Cited
Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. Toronto: Bantam, 1981. Print.

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