Essay on Mr. Darcy And Elizabeth Bennet

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Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet
Although Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet were not interested in each other at the beginning of the story, the courtship between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice is similar to the courtship between Fred Vincy and Mary Garth in Middlemarch because it required the characters to evolve before they could be together. Mr. Darcy, specifically, had to change and prove his worthiness to Elizabeth Bennet the same way Fred Vincy had to prove his worthiness to Mary Garth.
Mr. Darcy left a negative first impression on Elizabeth during the ball when she overheard him remark to Mr. Bingley that he did not want to dance with her or any of the women at the ball for that matter (Austen Chapter 3). Elizabeth’s disdain for Mr. Darcy grew as the story progressed after hearing from Mr. Wickham, whom she was fond of, that Mr. Darcy was the cause of him being poor and after learning from Colonel Fitzwilliam that Mr. Darcy stopped Mr. Bingley from getting engaged to Jane (Austen Chapter 33). However, one of the most notable moments in the evolution of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s relationship is when Mr. Darcy proposes to Elizabeth and she rejects it, telling him “I have never desired your good opinion, and you have certainly bestowed it most unwillingly” and asking him “why, with so evident a design of offending and insulting me, you chose to tell me that you liked me against your will, against your reason, and even against your character?” (Austen…

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