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

Elizabeth marries Darcy in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice because she loves him. She will not marry for money or security as her friend Charlotte does. Elizabeth rejects Darcy's first proposal, but her view of Darcy begins to change when she visits Pemberley, noting its beauty, his loving relationship with Georgiana, and his housekeeper's admiration. When Darcy saves Lydia and convinces Bingley to marry Jane, Elizabeth loves him.

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Elizabeth marries Darcy in Pride and Prejudice because she truly loves him. She has come to know him, she understands him better than she did when they first met, and she has developed strong feelings for him. Elizabeth is not the kind of young woman to marry for money and/or security, as her friend Charlotte Lucas does. We see this when Elizabeth turns down Mr. Collins's marriage proposal and rejects Darcy the first time.

Both men offer her a much more secure life than she can have as a single woman living in a family of women with an aging father. The family’s estate, Longbourn, is entailed to Mr. Collins, so he will inherit it upon the death of Mr. Bennet, and it would be within his right to turn Mrs. Bennet and her daughters out. Without a male relative to help them, the women will have an extremely difficult time supporting themselves. Yet Elizabeth is willing to risk the prospect of this future rather than marry Mr. Collins or Darcy because she does not love or respect either man at first.

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