What are the changes that take place in Chapter 43 especially those of Elizabeth towards Mr Darcy? Essay on Novel " Pride and Prejudice' By Jane Austen

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In chapter 43 there are two major changes taking place both to do with the 2 main characters Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. The changes in this chapter are Darcy’s “strikingly altered” behavior, and Elizabeth’s revised opinion and views on Mr. Darcy’s personality.

Mr. Darcy has changed greatly. He has become far more “civil” than before. We see Jane Austen highlighting this by using the word 6 times when describing Mr. Darcy with 5 of them being used by Elizabeth herself to describe his “strikingly altered” behavior. Mr. Darcy still retains his sense of pride and high class status which Mrs. Gardiner observes as having “something a little stately in him” however Mr. Darcy remains a “gentleman” as Mrs. Gardiner continues to observe that his “stately”ness is “confined to his air”. Mr. Darcy has also become more accepting of Elizabeth’s relations as “his civil inquiries after her family” show. The fact that Mr. Darcy doesn’t like Mrs. Bennet and regards the rest of her daughters besides Jane and Elizabeth with disdain as he observes “that total want of propriety” displayed by them at the Netherfield ball would make it a courteous act to even ask whether they were well or not as he does to Elizabeth when they meet at Pemberley House.

Furthermore when Elizabeth reveals to Mr. Darcy that her relations that he took to be “people of fashion” were from Cheapside instead of him “decamping as fast as he could from such disgraceful companions” he “entered into conversation” with Mr. Gardiner on fishing and even went as far as to supply him with fishing tackle an act of kindness that while described by his housekeeper Mrs. Reynolds was never seen by Elizabeth in the previous chapters.

In this chapter Elizabeth sees Mr. Darcy in a clear new direction.