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In her novels Jane Austen frequently uses letter writing between characters as a way to explain past events and the roles certain characters played in them This character development strategy is used to articulate many of the themes in her novels A prevalent thematic structure in Austens work is to satirize nineteenth century manners and morals especially as they relate to courtship The misinterpretations of these behaviors stand to be clarified through letterwriting offering insight into a characters true nature which is often not what it appears to be This tactic is prevalent in her 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice Throughout the novel Mr Darcy Mrs Gardiner and Mr Collins write letters and each letter reveals its authors personality and sincere thoughts It is in fact the letter writing that prompts the union of hero and heroine at the end of the story Each letter clarifies confused circumstances as well as discloses hidden feelings about other characters that would otherwise go unnoticed The first significant example of letter writing allows for conclusions to be made about a characters persona upon Mr Bennets receipt of a foolish letter from the Reverend Mr Collins Collins who is the Bennets nearest male relative will inherit Longbourn after Mr Bennets death In his letter Mr Collins suggests a visit to Longbourn and hints at a proposal of marriage to one of the Bennet daughters The reader quickly learns of this mans nature because of the contents of his letter as well as Mr Bennets reasoning behind his acceptance of the proposal Mr Bennet makes fun of Collins unusual writing style and pomposity and also makes snide remarks to his family about him As MrBennet says sarcastically There is a mixture of servility and self importance in his letter which promises well I am impatient to see him 47 Ultimately he agrees to the visit because he wants to laugh at Mr Collins expectations Austen presents the
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