Essay about The Characters of Pride and Prejudice

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In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen creates a unique environment which allows the relationship between her characters to evolve. Elizabeth Bennet faces challenges that impact her decisive demeanor. Likewise, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Elizabeth’s love interest, confronts many obstacles which also contradict his character.

Darcy is from one of the wealthiest aristocratic families in England. The character of Darcy is introduced to the reader in chapter 3, as a friend of Charles Bingley. At the beginning of the novel Darcy's character is in many respects repulsive. His theatrical arrogance, even insolent rudeness at beginning suits his theatrically dazzling wealth and good looks, ‘his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien’ (Ch 3, Pg
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In chapter 32, Darcy unexpectedly visits Elizabeth at Rosings. Initially, both of them are at loss for words, but soon engage themselves in a conversation lacking spontaneity. Darcy’s frequent visits to the parsonage and his awkward reticent manner suggest that he is in love with Elizabeth, who is as blind to his affection as she is to his goodness. Even when Charlotte suggests Darcy’s love, ’My dear Eliza he must be in love with you, or he would never have called on us in this familiar way,’ (Ch 32, Pg 163), Elizabeth dismisses the notion. Elizabeth struggles with her feelings as she is in denial.

Elizabeth initially feels prejudice against Darcy because of his abominable pride. She gradually overcomes her preconceptions, and comes to realise that he is not what she imagined him to be. By the end of the novel, in chapter 58; when Elizabeth and Darcy set off on a walk, she acknowledges his involvement regarding the affair of Wickham and Lydia. She says; ‘I can no longer help thanking you for your unexampled kindness to my poor sister…’ (Ch 58, Pg 324).

Darcy is surprised that she knows everything as he does not want her to feel uncomfortable or obligated to him for anything. However, Darcy does this as much out of guilt over not revealing Wickham’s true character as to gain Elizabeth's affection, he says; ‘Your family owe me nothing. Much as I respect them, I believe, I thought only of you’. (Ch 58, Pg 325).

Soon Darcy declares his love for
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