Due: April 16, 2018
Pride and Prejudice: The Romantic Struggle of Elizabeth Bennet
A Disagreeable Character: Mr. William Collins
Mr. William Collins was, in my opinion, was one the most disagreeable characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Even though he was a man of the clergy, he was weak in his confidence and docile as a man. Collins is accurately described by Elizabeth, as being “conceited, pompous, narrow-minded, silly” (Austen 212). He seems more focused on the need of his patron, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, than anything else. Austen describes him as “a mixture or pride and obsequiousness, self-importance and humility” (Austen 231). He tends to be quite conceded and impressed with his own ideas rather, disregarding the feelings of others (except with the concerns of his patroness). He tends to speak bluntly, behaving like a child and is easily impressed by a title. This causes him to be easily persuaded by his patroness. Austen uses his marriage as contrast to the marriages of Darcy and Elizabeth and Bingley and Jane, which were both romantic of nature.
A Likeable Character: Jane Bennet
Jane is, for a lack of a better word, a sweetheart. She is rather submissive, quite and in every possible way very lovely. She is as sensible and clever as her sister Elizabeth. She is sweet, kind hearted, understanding, smart, and very beautiful. Jane sees the best in everybody and assumes that everyone is the way they are because of their circumstances in life. She assumes that the actions done by Wickham with her youngest sister were out of love and with the intentions of getting married in the future. She continues to love Charles Bingley, even after he treats her with indifference and whole-hearty accepts his marriage proposal.
Opinion on Marriage
Mr. William Collins is 25 years old. He is Mr. Bennet's distant cousin, a clergyman, and the heir to Mr. Bennet's estate. He is very blunt and child-like and is most concerned with the agenda of his patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
He believes that marriage is important as it sets an alliance and creates financial ties within families. He wants romance with his marriage however it his not of his concern whether or not the companion of his choosing is romantically engaged with him. His greatest concerns are the instructions given by his patroness, marriage being one of them.
Mrs. Bennet is the mother of five daughters and married to Mr. Bennet. She is intelligent however possesses a nervous and uncertain character trait. She comes from a wealthy family and her main goal is to get her daughters married.
Mrs. Bennet is least concerned about romance when it comes to marriage. She has five daughters which makes her main goal having them all get married. She even tried to convince Elizabeth to accept Mr. Collins marriage proposal knowing well that she did not have any romantic connection with him.