How Does Jane Austen Create Negative Feelings Towards Mr. Darcy in the First Few Chapters of Pride and Prejudice?

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How does Jane Austen create negative feelings towards Mr. Darcy in the first few chapters of Pride and Prejudice? Jane Austen wrote her book about life for women in the nineteenth century; the Regency period. For women in this period, life was very unbalanced, women were not perceived as equals and men were superior and had full authority in every aspect of life. There was a clear segregation among men and women and the values they were expected to maintain. "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of good fortune must be in want of a wife". Men received greater respect; an ascribed dominant identity. Their ideas and needs were considered a necessity; they were entitled to decide their own destiny.…show more content…
Mr. Bingley suggests that Mr. Darcy dances with Elizabeth but once again, Austen ensures Mr. Darcy responds in a way that adds to the restrained bias that already surrounds his character. "She's handsome but not handsome enough to tempt me". This shows that Mr. Darcy believes he is better than everyone else. He doesn't believe in enjoying the evening, he thinks he shouldn't dance in a trivial manner; he must have the best. As the woman who Mr. Darcy says is the only one he would dance with is dancing already, Mr. Darcy doesn't dance; nobody else is good enough. This shows Mr. Darcy is spoilt and child-like. His feeling of superiority is displayed here; he is obviously used to getting his own way. When Mr. Bingley defends those present, Mr Darcy tells him he is wasting his time. It is like Mr Darcy is determined to replace the high-quality ideas of himself that others had created, with negative ones. He doesn't just appear to show a lack of interest, but makes his feelings of the evening, the company and the entire situation perfectly clear. By the end of the evening when Mrs. Bennet has returned and is telling Mr. Bennet of her encounter with Mr. Darcy, she confirms what everyone thought of him and Austen ensures that by this point, the reader has formed the same opinion. "But I can assure you that Lizzy does not lose much by not suiting his fancy; for he is a most disagreeable, horrid man, not at all worth pleasing. So high

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