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Pride and Prejudice Character Assessment

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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE CHARACTER ASSESSMENT
Time Period Relations
Pride or Prejudice?
Mr. Collins is most definitely one who represents pride. Unlike some of the other characters, like Elizabeth or Mr. Darcy, Mr. Collins' pride comes solely from the fact that he was able to gain such a grand position of working under Lady Catherine, and also living in a place that she owns. He is prideful in his job as a rector at Hunsford, and his vanity is boosted by the fact that he knows that he has gained the favor of Lady Catherine.

Mr. Collins' pride is highly prominent when he speaks and when he tells others of what he does and who he lives under. However, this can only get him so far when it comes to the Bennet family. He is (quite openly) rejected by the second eldest of the Bennet sisters, especially after he thinks that she is just trying to be coy, and that she is just trying to behave with propriety by refusing his proposal. Mr. Collins does not think that Elizabeth is serious in her rejection, and also is in disbelief because he never thought that any woman would reject him. He only takes her seriously when Mrs. Bennet tells him that Elizabeth will most likely not change her mind.

At the ball, Mr. Collins caught sight of Mr. Darcy and thought that it would be good to introduce himself to the man, since Mr. Darcy was the nephew of his employer. He believed himself to be important enough to where Mr. Darcy would immediately engage in greeting and conversation with him, simply because he worked under Mr. Darcy's aunt. He was quite upset over the fact that Mr. Darcy did not, in fact, notice him, and even more upset that he did not respond when Mr. Collins called out to him a few times.
Strengths/Weaknesses
Mr. Collins, unlike the expectations of the Romantic time period, did not follow his heart. He was more of a person who followed his head and his logic (with what little of it that he actually had).

Mr. Collins was smart enough to listen to whatever Lady Catherine told him to do, so that he would be able to stay in her favor and continue in living at Hunsford. Also, with a lady like Lady Catherine, Mr. Collins literally groveled at her feet, which is quite good to do when wanting to stay in her good graces. He also was smart enough to think and believe that he should set an example of marriage for those at his church, which would show how good of a clergyman he was. He also thought of good ways to show Elizabeth his 'interest' in her, and in the prospect of marriage.

Mr. Collins also knew what type of compliments that women wanted to hear, and, though they were not received very gratefully and in a vibrant way, gave them out when they were appropriate. This is possibly his intelligent way of being able to be in the good favors of others (especially Lady Catherine).
The Brain vs. The Heart
Mr. Collins is vain, a little snobbish, boring, practiced, and seems to only do things when he is told to do them, or when they will benefit him in either his work or his own satisfaction.

Since we hardly see him in both the book and the movie, it is hard to say if he has had any real character growth like Miss Elizabeth or Mr. Darcy. It is safe to conclude that he is the same, at the end of the book, like he was during his first appearance.
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Honors English IV
Mrs. Edge
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Character Growth
"Personally, I..."
Cousin of Mr. Bennet and sole heir to the Bennet estate, due to the fact that Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have no sons.
Clergyman at the Hunsford pasonage, near Rosing's Park, which is the estate of his patroness, Lady Catherine De Bourgh.
He is 25 year old, described as being tall and heavy in his appearance, and as an insensible man who was raised by "an illiterate and miserable" father. (description from the book)
His patroness is Lady Catherine De Bourgh, and he has gained her "impeccable" favor (and his chance at working under her came at the vacancy for the living of Hunsford).
He has quite a high regard for the woman and her daughter, due to the fact that he [even knows] has gained the favor of Lady Catherine De Bourgh.
Mr. Collins is quite vain and prideful of his position as a rector of Hunsford, mostly due to the fact that he is working under Lady Catherine.
His pride is his downfall, especially when he tries to propose to Miss Elizabeth Bennet, whom he thinks is just trying to play hard to get.
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STRENGTHS
Persistent (will not take 'no' for an answer)
Doesn't think lowly of himself (pride)
His job (money)/housing
Knows when to give comments/compliments (quite practiced)
Quite enjoys boiled potatoes
There really are no other strengths to this character, other than he likes potatoes, apparently.
WEAKNESSES
Does not understand what 'no' means
Thinks that he is quite desirable in any female's eyes
His pride gets in the way of his brain function
Too prideful of his favor with Lady Catherine
He doesn't really genuinely give compliments out
He thinks that his proposal of marriage would never be rejected
Always thinks that he is important enough
As shown in the movie, people fall asleep when he is talking during his sermons
Tries to cover up for his past "injuries" and make himself look like nothing ever happened (takes place in the book)
Likes to show off himself and his prospects, especially to Elizabeth when she came to visit him and his new wife, her friend, Charlotte
Acts with impropriety and exaggerated humility (as opposed to Mr. Darcy, who is his sort of unequaled 'rival' in 'love')
...learned that, though it is not unseen, unheard, or unthought of, there have been people like Mr. Collins in the past. Just because they have a wealthy patroness or patron, they decide to boast on about that fact, even if their own social standing is pathetic. The people during that time could also be quite persistent, if not a little dumb, when it came to actually proposing to someone and realizing when 'no' actually meant 'no'.

What was really important to me, that I learned, was that during the 'Pride and Prejudice' time period, people like Mr. Collins really did exist, and their reasons for doing certain things were highly idiotic. Mr. Collins stated that he only wanted to get married for three reasons; one, because he felt that every clergyman should set an example of matrimony for his church, two, because Lady Catherine urged him to find a wife as quickly as possible, and three, because he believed that it would add to his own happiness. Assessing all of these reasons, it is highly frustrated to know that this man did not want to get married out of love or happiness, but rather for the sole facts that they would do him well, and that he was told to do so. Merely, Mr. Collins only wanted to get married for merit.
Mr. Collins is a character that, like many of the others, portrays the type of people that were alive during that time period. There were, indeed, men like Mr. Collins alive during the Romantic period; those of which cared more about their status, job, and pleasing others, rather than actually taking the time to get to know others and make others genuinely happy of their own accord. Mr. Collins, like many other men and women of different time periods, especially during a time period with countless aristocrats and royals, aims mainly to please his patroness and stay in her good graces. He only really cares about ensuring that Lady Catherine continues to like him, and that he is able to uphold his status in society (the low status that he actually has). He, like many other real people, do things only out of the outcome and prizes, not of any real feeling or emotion.

I also think that Mr. Collins is a man that, though he boasts about hislace in society actually knpws the type of place that he has. Due to his knowing that he is not as high up as others like Mr. Darcy, he feels the need to continuously boast and brag about his (lowly) status, to ensure that others know of his (somewhat) important part.
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