Pride and Prejudice

Anthony Crenshaw

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Darcy’s Proposal to Elizabeth

Darcy: Ms. Elizabeth I have struggled with these feelings for a while now and it’s time I get off my chest. I have fought these feelings I have gone against my family’s wishes and status, although you are beneath me I am willing to look beyond that, please relieve my pain.

Elizabeth: what are you talking about

Darcy: I’m in love with you. Please will you marry me?

Elizabeth: I appreciate your honesty, and my intentions were not to lead you on.

Darcy: What are you saying, are you mocking my proposal?

Elizabeth: No. I’m sure now that you have expressed yourself you can now get over your feelings for me.

Darcy: Did I do something wrong for you to reject me?

Elizabeth: Besides the fact that you have insulted me and my family, there are other reasons why I refuse and you know them?!

Darcy: What other reasons?

Elizabeth: Do you think I would marry a man who interfered with the happiness of my sister? I have every reason to dislike you… You separated a young couple, exposed someone to make them look foolish and in the process put both of their lives in misery!

Am I lying or not?

Darcy: No your not. I did separate them and I was proud of it. But I’ve put him before myself

Elizabeth: But it’s not just that, I knew what kind of man you were long before at the recital when your true colors showed as Mr. Wickham puts it. What excuse do you have now?

Darcy: You’re very attentive with his concerns.

Elizabeth: That’s because I know what he has been through.

Darcy: What he’s been through… indeed he’s been through some things

Elizabeth: You’re the reason he’s been through them, because of your selfishness, holding back something that is not yours depriving him of some the best years of his life. You’ve done this to him! Yet you criticize and belittle him for what he’s been through.

Darcy: This is how you judge me! thank you for making it clear. But maybe you wouldn’t be feeling this way had it not been for your pride and arrogance. But since your pride is hurt because of my honesty that’s the reason you have come to these acquisitions without knowing what you’re talking about. Perhaps these acquisitions could’ve been eliminated if I had not opened up,but I am not ashamed of what I did its natural.

Elizabeth: If you think that how you feel about me affected me in any way you are mistaken. Other than it spared the concerns I had about you and the way you behave. There is nothing you can do to make me want to marry you. Ever since I met you I knew of your arrogance and conceit and your complete disregard of others feelings, I’ve only known you for a month and you are the last person I would want to marry.

Darcy: You’ve said enough Elizabeth, I understand how you feel and I’m ashamed of mine. I’m sorry for taking up your time.

Pride & Prejudice Book Review

Pride and Prejudice is a classic novel that beautifully illustrates the essence of true love. Jane Austen's approach to love through the story of Elizabeth and Darcy makes the audience rage with envy. The characters cover a diverse range of personality types. From the wildly absurd Mrs. Bennet to the diffident Jane to the opinionated Elizabeth, readers are sure to find a character to identify with.The story centers on Elizabeth Bennet and her irregular fairy tale. She is one of five daughters from a well-respected family. Her world turns upside down, however, when Mr. Darcy, a handsome, arrogant gentleman, enters their social circle. Austen takes us through a series of twists and turns as both characters experience attraction, heartbreak, and passion. What is one to do in a society where status and prestige are valued more than true love? The story is engaging at every stage. While characters carry the drama of the story, ludicrous personalities keep the reader entertained. In every aspect, Pride and Prejudice is a great masterpiece. By illustrating the drawbacks of ego and prejudice, Austen warns readers against two common failings in love. Although it is not a thrilling, action-packed adventure, Pride and Prejudice is sure to make you smile.

Darcy&Elizabeth Relationship Analysis

How did this relationship start?

Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy meet each other at an assembly that is, a social gath­ering. Mr. Darcy has come to this assembly in the company of his intimate friend, Mr. Bingley. The girls attending the assembly are greatly attracted by Mr. Darcy chiefly because of his handsome appearance and his large estate which is situated in Derbyshire. The girls are also attracted greatly by Mr. Bingley who too is a good-looking and very rich man. While Mr. Bingley shows a lot of interest in the girls, and more especially in Miss Jane Bennet, Mr. Darcy does not feel much attracted by any of the girls. In fact, Mr. Darcy thinks that none of the girls present suits him as a partner in the dancing and therefore he dances only with the two sisters of his friend, Mr. Bingley. When Mr. Bingley suggests to Mr. Darcy that he should dance with Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy speaks disapprovingly of her, saying that there is not much charm about her. This uncomplimentary remark by Mr. Darcy about Elizabeth is overheard by her, and she therefore feels very annoyed with him.

What obstacles did this relationship have?

Mr. Darcy is afraid that repeated conflict with Elizabeth will drive her away. In an effort to resolve this, Darcy proposes to Elizabeth. However, Elizabeth’s pride has been hurt by Darcy, and lets her negative feelings show in her rejection to his proposal, stating ““From the very beginning...your manners impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form that groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike.” (Austen 164)

How did this relationship end up?

The conflict between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy seems almost impossible to break. However, Elizabeth’s accusations and harsh words towards Darcy are exactly what prompts him to eventually reveal to Elizabeth his inner feelings and motives in order to resolve their conflict and win her heart. It is the strength of the conflict between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth that causes the former to attempt to ignore his prejudices against “his sense of her inferiority” and display his affection for her personality. After Elizabeth rejects Darcy’s first proposal, Darcy writes her a letter that sheds more light on his true character. He writes “I shall hope to be in the future secured, after the following account of my actions and their motives has been read.” (Austen 167) The letter reveals that Mr. Darcy is not accountable for hindering Jane and Mr. Bingley’s relationship or preventing Mr. Wickham from pursuing his dreams of the clergy, both circumstances which Elizabeth had originally blamed Darcy for. This letter begins to change Elizabeth’s opinion of Darcy. The changing feelings of Elizabeth towards Darcy begins to warm their relationship, and it continues to grow throughout the rest of the novel. Each character becomes more accepting of the other’s social class and rank .Darcy accepts Elizabeth’s family and even goes out on a chase to bring her sister back home after she elopes with Mr. Wickham, showing how he cares more for Elizabeth’s family than he does about social status. This act of kindness truly brings Elizabeth to love Mr. Darcy by the end of the novel, and they are happily married in the final chapters.

How do you think the relationship will be in the next 20 years?

I think their relationship will remain happy because of their growth and maturity personally and with each other.