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Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen
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Write a short note on Collins' proposal to Elizabeth.

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Collins came to Elizabeth in complete self assurance, and thinking he was THE best candidate for her. Keep in mind that Mr. Collins is the typical old-fashioned man who felt that he had reached the top of his life: A career in the clergy, a sponsorship by an...

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In short,

Collins came to Elizabeth in complete self assurance, and thinking he was THE best candidate for her. Keep in mind that Mr. Collins is the typical old-fashioned man who felt that he had reached the top of his life: A career in the clergy, a sponsorship by an aristocrat, and the Bennet's estate.

As a result, he thinks extremely highly of himself. In turn, he understood that this made Elizabeth a subject of his, who would love to accept a marriage proposal from someone of "his kind", and especially this would please Mrs. Bennet who would feel that she can keep the estate after Mr. Bennet is dead.

Unfortunately for Mr. Collins, he has a dull and subservient personality, he is obsessed with his aristocratic sponsor, Lady Catherine DeBourgh, and constantly speaks of her as part of his own collection of self-gratifying characteristics

However, Collins had another thing coming: Elizabeth was not at all impressed, and viewed him as a very minimal man. During the proposal, Collins over articulated, exaggerated, consistently brought up Lady Catherine, and basically placed Elizabeth in a role where he described her as someone who should be worthy of him. He suggested that her behavior was somewhat challenging, but hinted at his "fixing her" somehow, in not so many words.

As a result of Elizabeth's rejection, Collins was hit hard in the ego. He honestly could not believe it and he left ashamed, noticing how much more intelligent than he is, and this was something that, although was going to make Mrs Bennet LIVID, Elizabeth's sense of self was enough to make her feel good about what she did.

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