Pride & Prejudice Marriage Proposal Comparisons

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In the novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin. The two marriage proposals from Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth can be looked upon as containing both similarities and differences. Mr. Collins based his proposal off numerous reasons, the main one was money agreement with Elizabeth’s parents, and however, he confessed his attraction towards Elizabeth. Mr. Darcy’s proposal was only based on one reason and it was simply because he loved her. The similarities of both proposals was that Elizabeth said “no,” but for different reasons. In comparing both proposals by Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy. The marriage proposals Elizabeth receive are similar in certain ways. First of all, by the time Elizabeth receives the proposals, she possesses a disliking towards both the gentlemen. The negative attitude towards Mr. Collins is due to his obvious insensibility and his serious obligations to Lady Catherine. She hates Mr. Darcy too, for several reasons like his extreme pride and breaking up the unity between her sister and Mr. Bingley. But both the gentlemen, unaware of her mindset, expect that Elizabeth would readily accept the offers. Furthermore, both the gentlemen possess a high account of their social back ground and have a feeling that Elizabeth is much inferior in her status. For instance, Mr. Collins says recovering Lady Catherine’s words, “Let her be an active…..not brought up high” justifying his choice. Elizabeth observes “His sense of her inferiority- of its being degradation…” in Mr. Darcy’s speech. Eventually both offers towards Elizabeth turn out to be unsuccessful. Mr. Collins proposal, he gave numerous reasons for his proposal. His reasons were “first, that I think it a right thing for every clergyman in easy circumstances to set the example of matrimony in his parish; secondly, that I am convinced that it will add very greatly to my happiness; and

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