Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
In this coursework I will be writing about the different marriage
proposal that Elizabeth is offered by two completely different people.
From the novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The three main
people I will be looking at are Mr Collins, Mr Darcy and Elizabeth
Bennet. Elizabeth gets a proposal from both Mr Collins and Mr Darcy
but the response she will be giving is not quite either men were
expecting. I will also have further explanations on how Jane Austen’s
use of language is in the proposals.
Mr Collins first set eyes on Jane the daughter of Mr and Mrs Bennet to
be his lawful wedded wife, but he soon finds out that she is going to
be engaged to Mr Bingley. Mr. Collin's attention then changed from
Jane to Elizabeth. He found her equal in, 'birth and beauty.' Mr.
Collins wanted to settle the argument between his father and Mr.
Bennet; he hoped to do this by marrying one of Mrs. Bennet's
daughters. Lady Catherine de Bourgh had influenced Mr. Collins into
marriage. She told him, 'Mr. Collins, you must marry. A clergyman like
you must marry. Choose properly, choose a gentlewomen for my sake; and
for your own, let her be an active, useful sort of person, not brought
up high, but able to make a small income go a good way.' Mr. Collins
thought Lizzy fitted Lady Catherine de Boughs advice, and he thought a
marriage would add very greatly to his happiness.
Mr. Collins proposed to Lizzy, he was calm and collected. He spoke
arrogantly, and what he said seemed well planned and rehearsed. He
informed her of all the reasons for marrying her, but not one of them
included or implied that he wished to marry her for love. This reason
was the most important to Lizzy and she only wished to marry for that
judgment. ``Believe me, my dear Miss Elizabeth that your modesty, so
far from doing you any disservice, rather adds to your other
perfections. You would have been less amiable in my eyes had there not
been this little unwillingness; but allow me to assure you that I have
your respected mother's permission for this address. You can hardly
doubt the purport of my discourse, however your natural delicacy may
lead you to dissemble; my attentions have been too marked to be
mistaken. Almost as soon as I entered the house I singled you out as
the companion of my future life. From this quote you can already see
that Mr. Collins is a liar because he was initially planning to marry
Jane but that didn’t work so well. ``My reasons for marrying are,
first, that I think it a right thing for every clergyman in easy
circumstances (like myself) to set the example of matrimony in his
parish. Secondly, that I am convinced it will add very greatly to my
happiness; and thirdly -- which perhaps I ought to have mentioned
earlier, that it is the particular advice and recommendation of the
very noble lady whom I have the honors of calling patroness. Lizzy now
knows it was her mothers doing...