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Hannah Gethin Contrast and compare the two marriage proposals made to Elizabeth Bennet in the novel Mr Collins proposal to Elizabeth and Darcys proposal to Elizabeth Jane Austen lived in a mercenary world and this is reflected in her novel In Pride and Prejudice no secret is made of the need to marry for money Jane Austen reflects different types of marriage in her novel There is mercenary marriage brought about solely for economic reasons Such would have been the marriage between Mr Collins and Elizabeth Mr Collins proposal was fuelled by his own economic motives desire to please the aristocratic Lady Catherine and by Mrs Bennets economic fears that Elizabeth will inherit little money when her father dies not real feelings or any aspect of love Contrasting this is the ideal marriage Marriages rationally founded based on excellent understanding and general similarity of feeling and taste Chapter 55 Such is the marriage between Darcy and Elizabeth Although Elizabeth refused Darcys first proposal it was ultimately made because of true emotional feelings respect and admiration for Elizabeth The main reason for Mr Collins selection of a wife in Elizabeth is economic convenience Her farthers house is entailed to him By marrying Mr Collins Elizabeths family will not be left without a home Many aspects of Mr Collinss proposal reflect his lack of feeling The first being how the proposal comes about He comes to Hertfordshire with the design of selecting a wife and he ironically feels that his choosing one from Longbourn was disinterested on his own part due to the estate being entailed to him Any lady form Longbourn will suffice Elizabeth was not even his first choice but Jane was believed to be soon united with Mr Bingley He admits to Elizabeth that the house is a motive for his choice proving that his proposal is dominated by economic convenience not love His proposal was far from a spontaneous act of
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