She is therefore amazed that her friend Charlotte Lucas does not marry for love, but for status and a comfortable home, "Charlotte engaged to Mr Collins - impossible". In this way she can be seen to be prejudiced and quite blind to other people's viewpoints other than her own - a failing on her part. Lizzy takes after Mr Bennet, in that she has a quick and generally accurate judgement of people's characters. It is clear at the beginning that she dislikes Mr Darcy, "with more quickness of observation, she was very little disposed to approve of him". At their first meeting Mr Darcy is very proud and disagreeable in contrast with the good-natured Mr Bingley.
This is showing that Mr. Darcy is judging Elizabeth off of looks rather than personality and that he has too much pride to engage with her first. Mr. Darcy looks at Elizabeth as too poor for him, this causes a lot of problems between them because she believes that marriage does not rely on how wealthy one is, rather if the two truly love each other or not. Throughout the book we see that later on Darcy overcomes these prejudices and decides to ask Elizabeth for her hand in marriage, but since the first time they met each other he was quite rude, she quickly declines his hand in marriage. When she declines, Mr. Darcy is shocked that she declines and in turn, “His Johnson 2 complexion became pale with anger, and the disturbance off his mind was visible in every feature” (Austen, 2398). This shows that Darcy still believes that Elizabeth should be accepting so that she will no longer be underclass and that he was very shocked that she would turn him down.
It makes people think badly of the family and shames them. People knew that Wickham wasn?t in love with Lydia, and that Lydia lives for the excitement. Lydia?s attitude towards marriage was that she enjoys flirting and having a good time, so wasn?t thinking of her future. In the book it says that Mr Wickham?s ?affection for her soon sunk into indifference?. As they were not thinking about love or their future, their marriage is not a happy one and although Lydia likes to brag about being the first one of the daughters to be married, it is predicted she will regret this later.
Darcy is prejudice towards Elizabeth because he believes that she should be flattered that he has proposed to Elizabeth, being of a lower class than he is. On the other hand, Elizabeth is prejudiced towards Darcy, because she judges him on first impressions and on what she hears about him. I think that this pride and this prejudice that both characters poses, only causes them to be distant from each other for a longer period of time and that they should have been a happy couple form the start. This could have been done if they did not let their pride come in the way.
She fails to recognize her social standing as someone of the lower class, and instead brings upon a self lead pretentious charade that she is of the upper class. She has an acquired habit of stating that various aspect in her life are under her expectations. She insists that she only “married him because (she) thought he was a gentleman”, and that he “fit to lick ... ... middle of paper ... ...y. When Daisy states that he is a brute, he expresses his dissatisfaction, however he remains calm. This illustrates that her perception is blurred since she does not recognize the fact that Tom has very little respect for her.
Pride and Prejudice includes examples of both good and bad marriages to measure against the prospects of success for Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s union. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have their weaknesses, as seen with Elizabeth and her prejudice, and Darcy with his pride; but together, they realize their faults and, because they have been able to better themselves, they form a happy union. Elizabeth forms a prejudice against Darcy near the start of the book and it continues to grow until he proves her otherwise. When Darcy unexpectedly proposes to Elizabeth, she proceeds to turn him down and list irrelevant reasons as to why he is not suitable to her. “‘But it is not merely this affair,’ she continued, ‘on which my dislike is founded.
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.
Darcy’s proposals help to manifest his personal growth by showing the difference in his manner, rationale, and result. His haughty words and actions are the crux of his indifference towards the feelings of others in the beginning of the novel. Although Mr. Darcy is ignorant of his own highfalutin attitude at first, the rejection of his proposal by Elizabeth is just the tocsin he needs to salvage the small amount of respect she still had for him. Through her rejection, he comes to terms with his own pride and prejudice against Elizabeth and her family. Also, he realizes that she is not one to marry for money or social status, but she wants to marry a man that she truly loves, which is a surprise to him.
This creates a problem for one of the daughters, Elizabeth, who feels marriage should be because of love not financial gain. Elizabeth comes across several suitors that she has an interest in or have an interest in her, where the first impression with greatly influence some of her decisions later. Therefore, Jane Austen uses the theme of first impressions and their effects to create stimulating situations as well as a moral about misconceptions with first impression In the beginning of the novel Austen introduces man named Fitzwilliam Darcy as an unfavorable character, who must overcome this temporary trait to achieve happiness in his life. When Darcy first makes his appearance at a local ball, he is firstly described as rather handsome, but after a time he is labeled as ill manners and unpleasant by many characters such as Mrs. Bennet. After the night she tells her husband about the night and eventually describes Mr. Darcy as “a most disagreeable horrible man, not at all worth pleasing.”(10).
However if a woman did not marry she relied financially on her male relatives. They were allowed, employment as a governess but this was viewed as an unsatisfactory way of life. If a woman was proposed to and rejected marriage she would keep the man's failure to herself. She might tell her ... ... middle of paper ... ...d management"(Ch.19 p.319). Mary became more sociable "Mary was obliged to mix with the world" (Ch.19 p.319).