Mr. Bennet Foils

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From the onset of Pride and Prejudice a marriage between two characters that truly love each other seems unlikely. Austen utilizes the foil characters and the main characters relationships, such as, Mr. Bennet, Mrs. Bennet, Lydia, Mr. Wickham, Charlotte, and Mr. Collins to illustrate the styles of marriage on how society preserves marriage as a priority for wealth and social status, rather than for true love. Societies perspective on marriage demonstrates Elizabeth’s willingness to make the unusual decision to wait for true love, not settling for less, develop a love story. Austen demonstrates a conflicted marriage between Mr. Bennet and Mrs. Bennet, showing how marrying for appearance negatively effects the marriage. Mr. Bennet married Mrs. …show more content…

Darcy, Austen uses their pride to eliminate their prejudice aspects as an example of a true love marriage. In the beginning Elizabeth develops a strong prejudice aspect towards Mr. Darcy with her first impression of him as well as believing Mr. Wickham rather than Mr. Darcy. Mr. Darcy begins to fall in love with Elizabeth and proposes, but while expressing his feelings he reminds her of their differences regarding social status. “He spoke of apprehension and anxiety, but his countenance expresses real security”(163). Elizabeth realizes that Mr. Darcy believes that she will accept his hand in marriage, even after the insulting proposal. Austin italicizes spoke, to emphasize the anxiety and uneasiness tone Mr. Darcy delivered during the proposal. Darcy delivers the letter making Elizabeth realize her prejudices towards Mr. Darcy were wrongful and with the help of Elizabeth’s criticism he begins to re-evaluate is actions. As time goes on Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy unexpectedly run into each other causing Elizabeth to realize she is in love with Mr. Darcy. Elizabeth expresses how Mr. Darcy feels about her by saying, “you were disgusted with the women who were always speaking and looking, and thinking for your approbation alone. I roused, and interested you, because I was so unlike them (318). Here, Austen uses the italicized words, your and them to emphasize how Elizabeth is different from the other women in the novel. The italics represent Elizabeth’s pride through her tone to show that she is not like the other women that went after Mr. Darcy, and that is why Mr. Darcy loves her and did not just chose a

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