In Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice, we learn about Elizabeth’s pride and prejudice and how they affect her relationships.Both Mr.Collins and Mr.Darcy are both convinced that Elizabeth will accept their proposals solely based on the fact that they are wealthy and she is not.
Neither of them bother to consider her feelings or try to convince her to marry them through praise.Mr.Collins first choice was Jane suggesting he wanted to marry an attractive woman..
When he found out Jane was not available he asked Elizabeth. He entitled to receive Mr.Bennet’s estate after his death. Collins believed that keeping the estate in the family would help Elizabeth and her sisters, in his opinion making it impossible for her to refuse him.
In Chp.19 Mr.Collins proposes to Elizabeth and tells her his reasons for wanting to marry her. When Elizabeth tells Mr.
Collins that she will not marry him. He is so sanguine that he responds in saying ” that it is usual with young ladies to reject the addresses of the man whom they secretly mean to accept, when he first applies for their favor; and that sometimes the refusal is repeated a second, or even a third time. I am therefore by no means discouraged by what you have just said, and shall hope to lead you to the altar ere long,”(Pg.89). Stunned by his arrogance, Elizabeth rejected his marriage proposal yet again and tells him that she has no intention of ever marrying him.In Chp.34 Mr.Darcy proposes to her telling her that he was taken with her and wishes to marry her.
She flatly refuses his offer in response. Telling him exactly what she thought of him. In Chp.
35 Elizabeth receives a letter from Mr.Darcy detailing his apology for his forwardness and in an attempt to relieve her of her prejudice against him. Elizabeth misjudged Mr.Darcy early on in her encounters with him and formed a strong prejudice based on a comment she heard him say. In Chp.
58 Mr.Darcy asks her again in hopes that his letter changed her mind. The first time he proposed Elizabeth was astonished and felt insulted by him. The second time he approached her with greater regards to both of their feelings and she understood that he truly wanted to marry her because of his love.In Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet rejects both Mr.
Collins’ and Mr.Darcy’s proposals. She refuses to sacrifice her pride for a marriage.