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Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy

Introduction:

Darcy is, in many respects, repulsive at the start of the novel. Austen seems to enjoy creating
difficult characters, but Darcy is difficult to accept in a manner quite different from her
caricatures.
At Netherfield, Elizabeth manages to confront Darcy with some of his potential failings,…

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However, within this setting, his snobbish attitude is also developed. He thinks country
society is 'confined and unvarying' and doesn't want to be attracted to Elizabeth because of
the 'inferiority of her connections'.
As the Netherfield episode goes on, we begin to see emotional depth in Darcy, as well as…

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Such an opening to a proposal cannot help but win the reader to his side - his language of
genuine passion contrasts greatly with the absurd and empty pretence of Mr Collins during
his proposal, giving the statement an even greater impact.
However, at this point, Darcy's genuine passion is…

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Darcy's housekeeper also reveals much to the reader about his character:

His housekeeper describes him as 'best landlord, and the best master', superior to 'the wild
young men nowadays' - here we are reminded of his contrast to Wickham - who is
benevolent to servants and tenants, and one who…

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Darcy's main flaws are pride in his social status and prejudice against people who are socially
'inferior'. The flaws are obstacles to his relationship with Elizabeth - he is forced to overcome
them before they can be united.
Darcy's first proposal is important for his development as a character. Elizabeth's…

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He is introduced to the reader in a very public setting - the Meryton Ball - which
presents Darcy's worst qualities.
His character is shown mainly through the opinions of others - and his actions are
interpreted very negatively by the crowd - Darcy dances only twice, and only speaks…

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