Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Why does Elizabeth marry Darcy in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice?  

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Elizabeth Bennet is described as an opinionated, an intelligent, a playful, and a (more often than not) stubborn woman. When she first meets Mr. Darcy, she thinks that he is cold, arrogant, and egotistic. However, as the story progresses, we realize that her opinion might have been clouded with judgment and prejudice.

Mr. Darcy selflessly decides to help Elizabeth's younger sister Lydia when the family discovers that she practically ran away from home to marry the manipulative Wickham; Darcy brings her back and saves both her and her family's honor. He also encourages his best friend to pursue a relationship with Elizabeth's older sister, Jane, when he sees that their love is real.

His actions prove to Elizabeth that he is actually a kind, genuine, and considerate man who treats people with kindness and respect; most importantly, she realizes that she has fallen in love with him. Thus, when Mr. Darcy proposes to her for the second time, Elizabeth accepts.

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