But in this case, in MY opinion, Elizabeth and Darcy's relationship can be He - by character- disdains her sister, Jane Bennet, a prospective wife of his good. Elizabeth and Darcy's relationship is contrasted with the other couples in the novel. It can especially be seen between the relationship Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have. After Elizabeth discovers the truth about Wickam and Darcy's quarrel, she realizes she was wrong about him. She has thoughts of being the.
Then he proposes, but patronisingly, and they quarrel, gaining self-awareness shortly afterwards.
The Development of the Darcy-Elizabeth Relationship
We also begin to view him differently. The business with Wickham was, of course, a slander. Darcy seems to have done all that could have been asked of him and more: Notice that in fact the very first impression he gave, at the Meryton ball, was good: We learnt too that he was intelligent and clear-sighted, and his conversations with Elizabeth certainly showed his thought and intelligence.
He is an affectionate brother, trusted by Georgiana, a wise and generous landlord and a good friend to Bingley. His free use of money to help first Wickham, then Lydia, is admirable. His is the pride in the title of the novel. He was brought up to be proud, almost trained to it. At the start of the novel, he triumphantly defends it, though he realises the importance of controlling it, which he feels he can do. However, he is wrong. His pride does lead him to behave wrongly — on three occasions.
He is totally convinced of his own good judgement over the matter of Jane and so influences Bingley accordingly. Over Elizabeth, his pride causes him to despise her family connections, and though at first he resists, the attraction remains; he sees his own proposal as demeaning, without realising the implications of this for his relationship with Elizabeth. This is, of course, the point of change for Darcy.
He later tells Elizabeth that it took him some time to begin to alter, but in fact, by the next morning, he has understood enough to want to justify himself in a letter. By the time we reach Pemberley, he is eager to show his new persona.
His outward manner, unlike so many in the novel, is a sign of his inward change. His final proposal expresses his hopes, but not expectations, of being accepted, and he admits his pride, with gratitude to Elizabeth for humbling him.
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We must not, however, judge Darcy too harshly. He is neither vain nor self-centred. Much of his pride is valid, the natural result of being master of Pemberley, affording him a self-confidence that allows him to help others. Equally, Elizabeth has coloured our view! Although he represents pride in the novel, he is not without prejudice. He soon changes his mind but is still put off by her inferior connections and does not consider her on her true merits.
Darcy is, however, generally more clear-sighted than Elizabeth, and points out to her that she is prejudiced. It is evident that as Darcy develops and matures so too does his love for Elizabeth. His love is immature, though, and after her refusal of his proposal, he is forced to reconsider and reassess what she thinks of him and act on it. Gradually he develops a genuine regard for her. Darcy would certainly have proposed marriage to her at this very stage in the story.
Darcy is a proud man and a snob who believes in distinctions of class and rank. Elizabeth, on her part, continues to feel prejudiced against Mr. Darcy because of the adverse opinion which he had initially expressed about her.
Different Points of View In the course of a conversation, Mr. Darcy happens to say that it has always been his effort to avoid weaknesses which invite ridicule. Elizabeth asks if vanity and pride are among the weaknesses which he tries to avoid. Elizabeth, speaking to Miss Bingley, says half ironically that Mr. Darcy suffers from no defect. Darcy, intervening, says that he has his full share of faults, though his faults are not due to any mental deficiency in him.
He then goes on to say that he cannot ignore the follies and vices from which other people suffer; and he adds: She even says to him at this time that his defect is a tendency to hate everybody, to which he replies that her defect is deliberately to misunderstand everybody. Now, it is clear to us that Elizabeth is keen to maintain the independence of her mind.
Any other girl would have been at pains to humour Mr. Darcy and to endorse whatever opinion he might have expressed.
But Elizabeth has the courage to differ with him. On the contrary, Mr. Darcy finds that he is feeling more and more drawn towards her. Darcy, Almost in Love with Elizabeth Mr. Darcy now thinks that, if he comes into contact with Elizabeth more often, he might actually fall in love with her. The author in this context writes: Darcy pays little heed to Miss Bingley who tries her utmost to win his good opinion and his heart. At this point we get the feeling that Mr. Darcy has already fallen in love with Elizabeth though he does not yet admit this fact even to himself.
He thinks that his marrying Elizabeth would be an unseemly step because he is far above Elizabeth in social standing.
Wickham appears on the stage. This man, who becomes rapidly familiar with Elizabeth because of his social charm, tells Elizabeth that Mr. Darcy had done him a great wrong and a great injustice.
Wickham represents himself to Elizabeth as a victim of Mr. Darcy is now increased. In this frame of mind, Elizabeth tells her friend Charlotte that she is determined of hate Mr.
Darcy and that there is no possibility at all of her finding him an agreeable man. She learns from Colonel Fitzwilliam that Mr.
Darcy had dissuaded Mr. Bingley from proposing marriage to her sister Jane. Darcy, on his part, has been softening towards Elizabeth. Darcy is now so much in love with Elizabeth that he proposes marriage to her. This happens when Elizabeth is staying at Hunsford.
Even while making this proposal of marriage to her, he goes out of his way to emphasize the fact of her being socially very much beneath him. Elizabeth, who is a very self-respecting girl, feels deeply offended by the condescending manner in which Mr. Darcy has made his proposal of marriage, and she therefore summarily rejects his proposal not only because of his arrogant manner but because of other reasons as well. She gives him her reasons for this rejection in some detail.
She tells him that he had prevented his friend Mr. Bingley from marrying her sister Jane. She tells him that he had most unjustly and cruelly treated Mr. Wickham, the son of the steward to Mr.
And, of course, she points out to him the superiority complex from which he is suffering. Darcy hands over a letter to Elizabeth. She begins to re-evaluate her own sense of judgment, of which she had formerly been so proud. She is forced to acknowledge the truth of Darcy's descriptions of her mother's and sister's behavior and even to concede that her father did not assert himself sufficiently to keep their shameless vulgarity in check.
The insistence of Lydia and Mrs. Bennet that her youngest sister be permitted to go to Brighton and her father's refusal to prevent it made her concede that Darcy's objections regarding her family were well-founded. Perhaps she also recognized that her initial dislike for Darcy was at least in part because his presence reminded her of the real inferiority of her connections. I, who have prided myself on my discernment! I, who have valued myself on my abilities! How humiliating is this discovery!
Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind!
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But vanity, not love, has been my folly. Pleased with the preference of one, and offended by the neglect of the other, on the very beginning of our acquaintance, I have courted prepossession and ignorance, and driven reason away, where either were concerned.
Till this moment I never knew myself. Chapter 36 When Elizabeth visited Pemberley, the last vestiges of her prejudice against Darcy were removed by the housekeeper's effusive praise of her master, by the magnificence of the estate and by Darcy's own gracious courtesy to her and the Gardiners. Above all she was moved by a deep sense of gratitude to him for loving her still and so well that he was willing to forgive her petulant rude manner at Rosings.
Her mind had come full circle from caustic abuse to warm appreciation for his character and behavior. But that mental reversal was not sufficient. For a deeper problem remained. She still was not ready to fully accept the truth of her own family origins in her depths or to reconcile it with her surface attraction to Darcy.
News of Lydia's elopement provided her the occasion for that deeper introspection and reversal. Suddenly the worst accusations that Darcy had made paled into insignificance before the blatant facts of Lydia's behavior and the public disgrace that would ruin the marriage prospects and lives of all five sisters.
Confronted by this irremediable circumstance, Elizabeth was honest enough to recognize her own contribution to the calamity that had befallen on the family. Had she only revealed the truth about Wickham, none of this would have happened.
The pain of public humiliation and personal loss was sufficient to fully awaken in her a keen sense of her own deficiencies and those of her family along with a sincere regret for her poor judgment and foolish behavior.
It was this deeper psychological change - not just in thought or in action but in the depths of her emotions - that qualified her for high accomplishment. It was not Elizabeth's innate capacities or endowments that made her eligible for marriage to Darcy.
It was the genuine psychological effort she made to honestly recognize what she was. That sincerity was sufficient to elevate her consciousness and evoke the responses from life which culminated in the Lydia's marriage to Wickham, Jane's to Bingley and her own to Darcy.
Before her marriage could be consummated she had to undergo the outrage and humiliation of personal confrontation with Lady Catherine. The attack on her character and her family brought out her strength. The unprovoked attack by Darcy's aunt was a precise response of life to her unprovoked attack on Darcy at the Netherfield ball. Life demanded she physically undergo the blind taunting abuse to which she had earlier subjected her future husband.
The large gap in social position between Elizabeth and Darcy is a real, tangible barrier. It requires great strength of personality for Elizabeth to overcome that barrier and qualify psychologically for the marriage. Lady Catherine provided her that occasion. Collins proposal to Elizabeth has become famous in the world of literature.
Elizabeth's confrontation with Lady Catherine is equally memorable. It requires tremendous courage, strength and psychological effort for a twenty year old girl, whose younger sister has recently eloped, to standing up and face the wrath of a domineering personality of higher social position.
The resourcefulness of Elizabeth's reply and the presence of mind she exhibited in that interview are magnificent. It was not enough that she possessed the strength in potential. It was necessary that she express it in order for its full force to act in her life. Lady Catherine gave her the occasion. Directly after being rebuffed by Elizabeth, Lady Catherine went to Darcy and recounted the substance of the encounter.
When Darcy heard how Elizabeth had responded, he realized there was a chance that her feelings for him might have changed. Elizabeth passed through several stages of growth. She first came to recognize the fallibility of her own judgments and then to discover truth in another person's perspective which she had summarily rejected.
She came to recognize the deficiencies in her own family and personal behavior. She came to recognize that what she had once perceived as inconceivable or distasteful was what she now most desired in life. She withdrew her aggressive and provocative behavior. She abandoned her false sense of pride in her judgment and prejudice against others. She gave up blaming others for her misfortune, accepted responsibility for the events that had occurred, and developed a deep sense of regret for them.
Elizabeth's psychological awakening was virtually forced upon her by the calamity of Lydia's elopement. She did not consciously take initiative to change her attitudes or her behavior. These changes were thrust upon her by the force of circumstances and self-knowledge. She came to the point of recognizing that she had been wrong and regretting what she had done, but she never actually came to the point of deciding to change or become a better person.
Darcy's Reversal Consider the formidable obstacles that confronted Darcy in his aspiration to marry Elizabeth. First was her own instinctive dislike for the man when they first met at the Netherfield ball which was aggravated by his discourteous remarks to Bingley which Elizabeth overheard.
Next Wickham's slanderous lies about him which Elizabeth so willingly absorbed in her attraction to the soldier and disdain for the gentleman. Then his active interference in the relationship between Bingley and Jane, which was accidentally disclosed to her by Fitzwilliam's at Rosings.
All this pales into apparent insignificance compared to profoundly insulting manner of Darcy's first proposal to her and Elizabeth's rude rebuttal that he was the last person she would ever marry. Further insults were heaped in Darcy's letter when in self-justification he feels compelled to expose the vulgar behavior of Elizabeth's younger sisters, mother and father.
And were not this more than sufficient to void any possibility of their marriage, Lydia's scandalous elopement with Darcy's worst enemy surely must end all speculation. The fact that Darcy and Elizabeth did ultimately marry is a dramatic and true to life representation of the power of psychological reversal.
In Darcy's case the path of progress began with a similar process of psychological introspection, self-knowledge and regret for what he was and what he had done. But it did not stop there. Darcy travelled the full path from awakening to reversal. He not only recognized his deficiencies.
He also took conscious efforts to change both his attitudes and behavior and express that change in ways that made him directly confront all in him that resisted his growth. Darcy first perceived Elizabeth in terms very near to her initial perception of him. He saw what was objectionable in her family background and failed to perceive the opportunity she represented for his own happiness.
Once he awoke to the beauty of her fine eyes, he was so blindly immersed in his own sense of self-importance and his own view of the situation that he never considered for a moment that she might find him objectionable or refuse his proposal.
Knowing that Elizabeth's mind had been poisoned by Wickham, it did not occur to him that he needed to expose Wickham's lies before proposing to her. Knowing that he had interfered in Bingley's relationship with Jane, it never occurred to him that Elizabeth might resent or refuse him on that basis. Even when he proposed to her, he seemed to be unaware how rude and crude was the manner of his address until she so boldly rejected it and expressed her true feelings.
It had not occurred to him that the woman he was proposing to might have a view different from his own!
Darcy's path to growth began in ignorant self-immersion and an arrogant sense of his own self-importance. Darcy was naturally repelled by the crude vulgarity of Elizabeth's mother and younger sisters.
But, so strong was his attraction to her that he felt compelled to propose in spite of his intense distaste for her family. Rather than resolving the conflict within himself, he simply decided that his need for her was greater than his objections to her family. This was not sufficient for him to win her. His growth began with a recognition that he could desire something which might be considered objectionable from another point of view.
But accomplishment demanded much more. First he had to come to recognize that his own desirability as a marriage partner might be subject to dispute. That was a big blow to his self-esteem. After fully justifying himself to her in the letter at Rosings, he was forced to reflect on his own behavior and concede that it was far from perfect.
He also had occasion to reflect on the condescending offensiveness of his aunt, Lady Catherine, and to realize that the lower classes had no monopoly on poor manners. When a person grows psychologically, what once appeared to be right or appropriate comes to be viewed as wrong or inappropriate. Darcy believed that when he wrote the letter to Elizabeth he was calm and cool. He firmly believed that he was obliged to tell her the truth about the behavior of her mother and sisters, even though he knew it would give her pain.
He felt no need to apologize for what he said. He emphatically declared in the letter that even his concealment of Jane's presence in London from Bingley was done for the best. By the time Darcy came to propose to Elizabeth a second time, he was sorry he had ever written that letter. He was ashamed of it and wanted the letter to be burned. He now understood that a gentleman who points out the defects of another person ceases to be a gentleman. It never occurred to Collins that a cultured person would be sensitive even to the mention of such things.
Darcy undergoes that change, whereas Collins and Mrs. The sense of self-righteousness in the position of each is vital.
The vital man feels it is always right. It requires mind to set a standard and evaluate one's own position objectively. Darcy's progress was growth from the vital to the mental; rather, from negative vital to positive mental consciousness.
Over time the intensity of Darcy's attraction to Elizabeth compelled him to examine his own character and behavior more closely. He became conscious of the gap between the ideals with which he had been raised and his actual behavior. Like Elizabeth he came to genuinely regret his indiscrete behavior. But he went further. He also decided to change himself.
When he met Elizabeth and the Gardiners at Pemberley, they were both visible impressed by Darcy's spontaneous courtesy and graciousness. It became evident even to Elizabeth that Darcy maintained the love he had expressed for her at Rosings.
But now he was no longer struggling against his own better judgment or concerns for social propriety. He had fully made up his mind that he could love and accept her. He had not resolved his disgust for her family.
He simply rejected it out of hand and accepted Elizabeth in her own right, an extremely generous gesture for such a socially conscious gentleman years ago. He may have been ready then to extend a second proposal and Elizabeth may have been willing to accept it, but life was not ready to sanction their marriage. Or stated otherwise, what both of them had consciously come to accept as desirable, remained a point of subconscious contention.
The fact remained that Elizabeth's mother and sister were far from acceptable. The fact remained that Darcy had expressed it and Elizabeth was herself fully aware of it. Their conscious attempt to reconcile was prevented by the continued presence of subconscious conflict.
The elopement of Lydia and Wickham brought the subconscious issue to the fore.