Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, Elizabeth Bennet, Lizzie, Mr Collins, Mr Darcy
This fragment is located in the third chapter of the second volume of the book.
This chapter is showing that Elizabeth Bennet has been rejected by Mr Collins, cousin of the Bennet sisters and the heir to their properties. Its principal function is to show us that this rejection has touched her heart in a painful way, but she understands her best friend's condition, that she is marrying Mr Collins because she does it out of necessity, and later she will accept it without resentment. Charlotte Lucas and Elizabeth Bennet's aim in life are very different. While the first wants to get married with a good man with money, Lizzie is looking for true love in life.
[...] The narrative point of view would be an omniscient narrator, intrusive and a third person narrator where she is not a character, supposedly neutral and she is not supposed to transmit any ideology. It surely coincides with the narrative perspective, it focalises Elizabeth Bennet where the perspective, the point of view is given from outside the character. Lizzie provides her views and feelings, so, this character is the filer where the events are given. E.g. Line 3-4 of the fragment “Her heart had been but slightly touched, and her vanity was satisfied with believing that she would have been his only choice ” III. [...]
[...] Charlotte Lucas and George Wickham are two different characters that only share on thing: convenient marriage. Charlotte has been forced by circumstance and economics to choose Mr Collins to marry. She may be comfortable, but she cannot be happy with Mr Collins. Wickham, however, marries Lydia because of the situation. He was running away from the debts, and I believe he had no intentions on marry her because she had no money, it could be a fling or a revenge against Lizzie. [...]
[...] If Darcy would not have intervened, he would never marry Lydia. Elizabeth is perhaps ‘less clear-sighted' in Wickham's case than in Charlotte's because she knows the truth behind him, she truly believes that there are no pure intentions on his acts, whereas Lizzie understands her best friend's needs on marrying Mr Collins. Judith Lowder Newton's statement says that ‘accepts the basic division in men's and women's economic lots', related to what has been discussed before, it states the differences between men and women on the historical context of the novel. [...]
[...] She is crucial to the turn of action. Mrs Gardiner's function in the novel is to be an advisory figure to Elizabeth, more based on friendship rather than authority. She advises her on any preoccupation that Lizzie has. She is also who confronts Lydia when she is found with Wickham, and who tells Elizabeth the full story of Darcy's act of generosity towards her family. So, in conclusion, Mrs Gardiner acts as a mother to Elizabeth. But always from her own criteria as a strong, intelligent woman. [...]
[...] I do think that Wickham uses the position when Elizabeth actually believes that Mr Darcy is selfish, a bad person and she is willing to believe anything bad about him. Wickham uses this knowledge to get closer to Lizzie and her family. By the time Elizabeth realises who really is Wickham, it is too late for the youngest Bennet. It is revealed through the course of the story that George Wickham's true nature is that of a manipulative character, a minor character who plays a crucial role in the novel as Mr Darcy's opponent. IV. [...]
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