Hearth Vs Pride And Prejudice Essay

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"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife". This line resumes the central theme of Pride and Prejudice. It is a love story that overcomes the obstacles of pride and prejudice. The story talks about Elizabeth Bennet and her family. Elizabeth is charming and clever, but she judges others easily: she represents prejudice. Despite her mother's wishes, Elizabeth doesn´t look for a husband with money, but for one she loves. Elizabeth’s love, Fitzwilliam Darcy, represents Pride.


The first of many marriage proposals is Mr. Collins` to Elizabeth. His original intentions were to marry Jane, but Mrs. Bennet told him that ...view middle of the document...

Collins, she was really mad. She told Elizabeth that unless she agreed to Mr. Collins's proposal she would never see her daughter again. She tried to persuade Mr. Bennet to insist that Elizabeth change her mind, but he didn’t help. In fact, he told her that if she accepted the proposal, he would refuse to see her again. Mr. Bennet wanted her to be happy. He knew that she had enough sense to choose a good husband without Mrs. Bennet's meddling. He wanted all of his daughters to marry for love rather than practicality.

Elizabeth's best friend, Charlotte Lucas, did interested in Mr. Collins' offer. Charlotte had her own plans. From the moment she met him, she knew that he was the man she shall marry. Sure enough, three days later Mr. Collins proposes to Charlotte. She accepted the proposal, not for love, but for his benefits. She knew that he would provide a comfortable living for her and that was her main concern. She was a quiet girl, who knew she would not receive a better offer. Elizabeth was upset that her friend would be so foolish.


Elizabeth had refused another proposal, Mr. Darcy’s. She rejected his first proposal based mostly on his pride. When Elizabeth and Darcy first met at the ball in where he insulted her by saying, "...she is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me...” Elizabeth overheard this conversation between Darcy and Bingley. The statement showed Darcy's fundamental feelings of superiority. Elizabeth's tendency to judge others quickly caused this first impression of Darcy to last for almost half of the story. For her, he had too much pride and very bad manners. He saw himself as above the other guests at the ball. Elizabeth was also concerned with what Wickham had told her about Darcy. Wickham was immature and irresponsible. He twisted facts to make Darcy look bad. Also, had the idea that Darcy interfered with Jane and Bingley's relationship. However, his arrogance reduced over time, due to his love for Elizabeth. He learned to open up and enjoy life, instead of dealing with formalities.

Elizabeth went with her uncle and aunt, the Gardiners, to visit Pemberley (Darcy's estate). She thought that Darcy would not be there. While there, she accepted some of her own faults. Darcy unexpectedly showed up early and was really cordial to Elizabeth. Her previous rejection humbled him. Elizabeth leaved suddenly when she discovered that Lydia had run with Wickham.

Even after Elizabeth's dismissal, Darcy did not give up. He didn’t behave immaturely as Collins did. He backed down to give Elizabeth time to think. He continued to behave maturely and helped Elizabeth and her family deal with some circumstances, like paying Wickham to marry Lydia. He did this to avoid Elizabeth and her family the embarrassment of having association with a young woman living out of marriage. Elizabeth and him felt guilty for not saying Wickham's bad character to the family and they shared kind of responsibility for Lydia`s actions. They...

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