Contrast And Compare The Two Marriage Proposals Made To Elizabeth Bennet In The Novel "Pride And Prejudice" By Jane Austin: Mr Collins' Proposal To Elizabeth And Darcy's Proposal To Elizabeth

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Hannah GethinContrast and compare the two marriage proposals made to Elizabeth Bennet in the novel: Mr Collins' proposal to Elizabeth and Darcy's proposal to ElizabethJane Austen lived in a mercenary world and this is reflected in her novel. In "Pride and Prejudice" no secret is made of the need to marry for money. Jane Austen reflects different types of marriage in her novel. There is mercenary marriage, brought about solely for economic reasons. Such would have been the marriage between Mr Collins and Elizabeth. Mr Collins' proposal was fuelled by his own economic motives, desire to please the aristocratic Lady Catherine and by Mrs Bennet's economic fears that Elizabeth will inherit little money when her father dies: not real feelings or any aspect of love. Contrasting this is the ideal marriage. Marriages 'rationally founded,' based on, 'excellent understanding,' and, 'general similarity of feeling and taste,' (Chapter 55) Such is the marriage between Darcy and Elizabeth. Although Elizabeth refused Darcy's first proposal, it was ultimately made because of true emotional feelings, respect and admiration for Elizabeth.The main reason for Mr Collins' selection of a wife in Elizabeth is economic convenience. Her farther's house is entailed to him. By marrying Mr Collins, Elizabeth's family will not be left without a home. Many aspects of Mr Collins's proposal reflect his lack of feeling. The first being how the proposal comes about. He comes to Hertfordshire, 'with the design of selecting a wife,' and he ironically feels that his choosing one from Longbourn was, 'disinterested on his own part,' due to the estate being entailed to him. Any lady form Longbourn will suffice. Elizabeth was not even his first choice, but Jane was believed to be soon united with Mr Bingley. He admits to Elizabeth that the house is a motive for his choice, proving that his proposal is dominated by economic convenience not love. His proposal was far from a spontaneous act of love. It was planned and his choice designed with Mrs Bennet. Elizabeth was clearly aware of his intentions, and tries desperately to avoid being put in a position where they can come out. However once forced to by her mother, Elizabeth wishes to, 'get it over as soon and quietly as possible.' Elizabeth obviously does not have feelings for Mr Collins and takes no pleasure in his proposal.There is a sense that Mr Collins talking through a set of words throughout his proposal. He addresses Mrs Bennet with great formality, it gives a sense that he has pre-designed his address to her. Mr Collins is following the rules, saying what he is supposed to say; not what he feels. His whole proposal to Elizabeth gives a sense of an order of service, with a script that could be applied to any character. The speech is very impersonal. Mr Collins talks of, 'young ladies,' 'your sex.' There is exceedingly little mention of Elizabeth's character or Mr Collins's admiration for it. It feels as though Mr Collins could...

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