Essay on the Metamorphosis of Fitzwilliam Darcy in Pride and Prejudice

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The Metamorphosis of Fitzwilliam Darcy in Pride and Prejudice

Introduced to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice as a good-looking, self-absorbed aristocrat, Fitzwilliam Darcy experiences a change in his personality and character. Falling in love was what Darcy needed in order to dispose of his existent views on marriage and money. Although Mr. Darcy was well mannered, he did not know how to treat women with respect, especially those of a lower social status than he. However, the love of Elizabeth Bennet changed his behavior forever.

Darcy's arrogance shines through at the beginning of the novel in his first appearance at the Meryton ball. Speaking of Elizabeth Bennet, he so snobbishly set forth that she was,
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"In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you" (332). These words spoken in such admiration of the young girl display the vastness of his change to something that seemed so important to him from the first introduction of his character.

Although Darcy's words revealed a large change in his character, his actions speak louder and show his true ability to change. At Mr. Darcy's introduction to the novel he is immediately described as "...haughty, reserved, and fastidious, and his manners, though well bred, were not inviting" (232). The author introduces Darcy with all of his pretentious nature. Following the ball in the beginning of the story, Jane Austen continued to display the unattractive nature of Darcy when comparing him to Bingley, another major character in the novel. "Darcy, on the contrary, had seen a collection of people in whom there was little beauty and no fashion, for none of whom he had felt the smallest interest, and from none received either attention or pleasure" (233). This only reinforces the fact that Mr. Darcy was concerned only with women of great importance and absolute perfection. However, the lovely Elizabeth won his heart with her liveliness and sharp remarks.

Falling in love with Miss Bennet caused Darcy to soften his actions and sweeten his

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