Comparing Marriage Proposals from Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

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Comparing Marriage Proposals from Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice The story of Pride and Prejudice revolves around a mother of five daughters, Mrs. Bennet, whose sole purpose is to marry off her daughters to suitable men. Jane is the eldest out of the Bennet sisters. Jane is the closest to Elizabeth from the rest of her sisters, this is because they stand on similar maturity levels, and Elizabeth is the second oldest. The main theme of the novel is based on the importance of marriage. It is important because a woman will have to marry a suitable man who can support her when her father passes away, it is equally important to men because it is important for them to keep their social status, they will do…show more content…
I will begin by analysing the way in which Mr Collins proposes to Elizabeth. This started because he was at an age where he was expected to get married soon, and he wanted to marry one of Mr Bennet’s daughters. He was at first interested in Jane, but as soon as he found out she may be getting together with Mr Bingley he backed off and moved onto Elizabeth ‘Mr. Collins had only to change from Jane to Elizabeth -- and it was soon done -- done while Mrs. Bennet was stirring the fire. Elizabeth, equally next to Jane in birth and beauty, succeeded her of course’. The main reasons why Mr Collins wants to marry is because he thinks it will make him happy, but more importantly, Lady Catherine de Bourgh has told him he must do so. Mr Collins’s character shows he is not actually very interested in finding a wife whom he loves and has real feelings for, he just wants one so he can say he is married. This is why he is not the ideal husband for Elizabeth, because she wants to marry for love. Later on, after he is rejected by Elizabeth, Mr Collins marries Charlotte Lucas. They marry because it is obvious they can satisfy each others needs because Collins needs a wife to present to Lady Catherine and Charlotte is in danger of becoming an old maid because she was getting older, and if she didn’t get married soon, she may not have married at all. Their contract of marriage was based on absolutely no physical attraction or
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