The Triumph of Love in Pride and Prejudice

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Erin Duggan English 150W Due Nov. 16 2005 The Triumph of Love in Pride and Prejudice "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife". This famous line from illustrates great foreshadowing of the central theme of Pride and Prejudice. It is a tale of love overcoming the obstacles of personal pride and prejudice in the early 1800’s. The story revolves around Elizabeth Bennet, the second of five Bennet daughters. Elizabeth is charming and clever, although she is quick to judge others and because of this, she represents the prejudice throughout the novel. Despite her mother's wishes, Elizabeth is interested in finding a husband with a compatible personality, rather than one with great wealth. Pride is represented by Elizabeth's counterpart, Fitzwilliam Darcy who is filled with pride and arrogance thorough the novel. The first of many marriage proposals in the novel is that of Mr. Collins to Elizabeth. His original intentions are to marry Jane another sister, but Mrs. Bennet tells him that Jane is soon to be engaged to Charles Bingley. He then shifts his vision to Elizabeth but she rejects him promptly stating that his is a selfish proposition; He seems to be looking to make things better only for himself. Among Charles’ reasons for marriage, it will first make him happy, and second that he is acting on the advice of his patroness, Lady Catherine de Brough. He also mentions that he will inherit the Bennet
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estate when Mr. Bennet passes away, which Elizabeth sees as the only reason. Mr. Bingley tells Elizabeth that he feels a certain responsibility to the daughters to make one of them his wife. Other than living in their house, he makes no other mention of any advantages acquired by the woman who will become his wife no promises of love or happiness at all. When Elizabeth rejects him he is not discouraged. His arrogance forces him to believe that she will eventually say yes. He tells her that he is sure she is just saying no when in reality she means yes. He is confused as to why she would play this game with him, but he is not upset over not being with her. Their unification would be one of convenience, not love. Elizabeth cannot see herself being happy in a loveless marriage with such a man, even though she would be well provided for. She finds his personality intolerable. She will not enter into a marriage of convenience and for this reason she refuses his proposal. When Mrs. Bennet finds out that Elizabeth has turned down Mr. Collins, she is
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2008 for the course ENGLISH 150W taught by Professor Watkinson during the Fall '05 term at William & Mary.

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