How Mr Darcy's Character Develops in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

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Austen uses devices and techniques to develop the characters in the book "Pride and Prejudice", a good example of how she does this is seen by looking at Mr Darcy. Mr Darcy's character develops slowly throughout the play and we start knowing very little to finding out more information through the book.

When we first meet the character Mr Darcy in chapter three at a ball, we see he is a friend of Mr Bingley and he is introduced as a real romantic hero,

"Mr Darcy soon drew the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien"

This first impression soon changes. Elizabeth hears Mr Darcy telling Mr Bingley that it would be a punishment to dance with anyone in the room; this shows how prejudice comes against pride. He also snubs Lizzy when he says that she isn't handsome enough to tempt him.

"She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me".

When he snubs Lizzy we take her side as she is someone we trust through the novel. Our opinion of him is then backed up when Mrs Bennet tells Mr Bennet how "he is a most disagreeable, horrid man". Then once we get this opinion of Mr Darcy, we realise that his best friend is Mr Bingley of whom everyone has a very high view of. This makes Mr Darcy look even worse than he actually is, as Mr Bingley acts like a foil towards Mr Darcy and puts Mr Darcy in a worse light. Another device Austen uses is that she has an omniscient narrator, this means that although the narrator knows a lot about Mr Darcy she only tells us little things so we don't know anything personal about him therefore we can't get close...