Mr Collins Pride And Prejudice Essay

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Generations of readers have lionized Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice because of her unlikely romance of two lovers, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy because their dynamic personalities clash ferociously whenever they meet. The climax of Austen's novel occurs when Mr. Darcy unexpectedly expresses his feelings to Elizabeth during his marriage proposal. The subtle aftereffects of Mr. Darcy's confession of love demonstrate the substantial alteration of both lovers. Elizabeth receives three marriage offers, two from Mr. Darcy and one from her cousin, Mr. Collins. The similarities between Collins's and Darcy's first proposal greatly contrast with Darcy's second in his actions and overall depiction of the scene. Elizabeth also undergoes a radical change in her disposition from being …show more content…
Collins wishes to marry but for all the wrong reasons. He travels to Netherfield with the intention of wedding and has his eyes set on Jane but finds out that she will soon give her hand in marriage to Mr. Bingley; he then makes Elizabeth his new objective. He recites to her a list of reasons for wanting to marry her, sounding more insincere and superficial than Mr. Darcy. Mr. Collins is completely oblivious to his absurdity and selfishness. He begins his vacuous argument by stating, "My reasons for marrying are, first, that I think it a right for every clergyman in easy circumstance (like myself) to set the example of matrimony in his parish" (73). His lead makes his offer seem increasingly like a business transaction rather than an actual marriage proposal, and he clearly does not know of Elizabeth's sentiments about marriage. He continues with a more convincing point, "Secondly, … I am convinced it will add very greatly to my happiness" (73). He makes himself appear compassionate. However, this happiness is not actual happiness but the happiness of making his standing in society more solid. Collins reveals his true purpose for seeking a wife in the closing of his argument: "And