The Significance of Chapter 34 in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

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The Significance of Chapter 34 in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice 'Pride And Prejudice' is a 19th Century romantic novel written by Jane Austen in 1813, it presents a true representation of society's expectations towards marriage and love at the time. It focuses on two central characters Miss Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy and their love-hate relationship. Elizabeth the second eldest daughter of five sisters is an intelligent woman with a lively disposition, strong-minded determination and a woman who religiously sticks to her principles. As Mr Bennet says describing his daughter, "'Lizzy has something more of a quickness then her sisters.'" Mr Darcy on the other hand is an extremely handsome man but unfortunately very…show more content…
However he and Elizabeth have one thing in common, like Elizabeth Mr Darcy refuses to marry for any other reason than if he is completely and utterly in love with wife to be. This proves to be quite a problem for Lady Catherine de Bourgh since he is betrothed to her daughter but refuses to marry her; he is willing to go against society's expectations. Mr Darcy has extremely high standards, is very picky and only chooses to be acquainted with someone who he finds is sufficiently accomplished, beautiful and intelligent, this is why it comes as such a huge shock to everyone and mostly himself when he finds himself proposing to Elizabeth after first declaring, "'She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me.'" When prompted to ask her to dance. Elizabeth equally dislikes him, "'I think him very disagreeable.'" and this is fuelled by the tall tales Mr Wickham spins off his womanising tongue. Mr Wickham and Mr Darcy are mortal enemies and share a very uncomfortable past and Mr Wickham is only too happy to speak ill of his once childhood friend. "'You will not find him more favourable spoken of by anyone.'" Elizabeth feels she gains insight into the personality of Mr Darcy but truth be told it is far from it, her

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