Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Jane uses the novel to show the common day romance of the time period. In the novel, Elizabeth Bennet, a sophisticated, lively girl manages to change Mr. Darcy, a cocky, stubborn man into a person who is head over heels in love. Although it takes her some time, Elizabeth is able to change the way Mr. Darcy feels about love in general and causes him to act differently then he has ever done before. Mr. Darcy’s self- discovery in response to Elizabeth Bennet’s blunt honestly allows him to re-evaluate his approach to love.
Although Mr. Darcy has trouble getting along with Elizabeth because she is honest about her opinions, he maintains an attraction to her. When the pair first meets at a dance, there is an immediate barricade in the way of their feelings. Because Mr. Darcy is “very conceited,” people do not like to be subjected to his unpleasant attitude (Austen 18). Mr. Darcy has a way of pushing people away because he has negative comments and has a rocky past with many folks.
Elizabeth immediately gets an unfriendly reaction from Mr. Darcy although he manages to develop feelings for her at this very moment. Mr. “Darcy had never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by her” (Austen 52). Even though Elizabeth is very blunt and hard-headed about her statements this managed to attract Mr. Darcy to her. It is very odd for Mr. Darcy to develop these feelings for Elizabeth based on their first meeting because in the scene they were both appalled at each others character qualities.
Mr. Darcy also possesses many characteristics that also get in the way of letting his true feelings show for Elizabeth. Mr. Darcy has a past for hurting or betraying many of the close friends of Elizabeth. Elizabeth is very upset about the situations and does not want to give him a chance in order for him to tell his side of the story. Mr. Darcy manages to screw up the future engagement of Elizabeth’s older sister, Jane to Mr. Darcy’s close friend, Mr. Bingley. Mr. Darcy also ruins his friendship with Mr. Wickham a love interest of Elizabeth. Mr. Darcy did not deny that he had been in charge of ruining these situations, at some points he was even proud of it. Mr. Darcy is known as “the proudest, most disagreeable ma in the world” (Austen 14). Because of this statement, which is being spoken by many of the people in the town, Elizabeth has a hard time of liking Mr. Darcy. Elizabeth then becomes “disgusted with his pride. [She cannot] find him more favorably spoken of by anyone (Austen 75). The rumors and gossip going around the town just encourage Elizabeth to continue her basic instinct on the way Mr. Darcy is as a gentleman. Elizabeth has no problem in telling Mr. Darcy her true feelings on him at any moment, but “Mr. Darcy’s concern for Elizabeth is so great (…) that whether or not she loves him, he wants to make her happy and never claim the credit” (Kneedler). At this moment...