Comparison of Mr. Collins' Proposal to Elizabeth with Mr. Darcy's
Jane Austen does not use the word love very often in 'Pride and
Prejudice', marriage is mentioned frequently throughout the novel, but
love may have been considered too strong a word. During her lifetime
Jane Austen was exposed to fashionable society and she learnt to
gather inspiration, and then write it down in her witty, poignant way.
She lived in a time when reputation was everything and women wanted no
more than to settle down with a husband, whom preferably should exceed
their own income. Austen received no such husband, but did fall in
love, only to be heartbroken when he died before they were even
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Lizzie's intelligence is somewhat insulted by Mr Collins' company and
she would never be able to marry him but Mrs Bennet and Mr Collins
think quite the opposite.
Lizzie knew of her mother's intentions and when Mr Collins asked for
her permission, Lizzie tried her hardest to escape from the expected
proposal. Lizzie is sat down and Mr Collins begins, at first Lizzie
looks on to the proposal as amusing, she was close to laughing at the
thought of him being 'run away with his feelings' and she has a light
heartedness towards him. Mr Collins however, is quite serious on the
subject. He is certain right from the start that Lizzie is his future
wife and the thought that she may refuse him doesn't even cross his
mind, he has selected his bride and that is the bottom line. He
confirms his selection of a wife and the implications are definite
that Lizzie is the object of his desire, he does not wait for Lizzie's
reply however, he proceeds straight into his 'reasons for marriage'.
It is obvious form the start that marriage had been a main fixture in
Mr Collins' mind, his 'reasons for marriage' come across as rehearsed
as if he had been going over them in his mind for a long time. His
first reason is 'it is...