How does pride hinder or enable an honest understanding of one’s REPUTATION and how does that occur?
Darcy is prideful because he is rich and handsome. He was also raised to be proud and was taught that he was better than others because of where his background.
Darcy appears to be rude from an outsider’s perspective but it is only because he is shy and socially awkward. It is also a result of the way that he was raised.
Darcy is overly proud of his wealth and family status. This is a negative form of pride and it causes his image to be tarnished and people to dislike him.
Darcy’s arrogance is a result of his condescension on those who are of lower status and have less money than he does.
Darcy does not like large gatherings such as balls or big dinners. He is insecure and often quiet in gatherings like these.
Darcy is thoughtful in how he thinks to pay off Wickham’s debt in order to help Lydia’s reputation and her life. This was a selfless act that was done
Darcy is honest with Elizabeth when he proposes to her and writes her the letter. He does not try to spare her feelings and also admits to mistakes that he made.
Darcy is misunderstood because his reserved personality comes off as rude. His sympathetic and thoughtful side is displayed when Lizzy turns down his proposal as he is humbled.
“So high and so conceited, that there was no enduring him! He walked here, and he walked there, fancying himself so very great!” (15)
“I was given good principles, but left to follow them in pride and conceit…and allowed, encouraged, almost taught me to be selfish and overbearing, to care for none beyond my family circle, to think meanly of all the rest of the world.” (357)
“He was the proudest, most disagreeable man in the world, and every body hoped that he would never come there again.” (13)
“She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me.” (13)
“Darcy after enquiring of her how Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner did…said scarcely anything…But now several minutes elapsed, without bringing the sound of his voice.” (324)
“Nothing was to be done that he did not do himself..I do not speak it to be thanked…but at last your uncle was forced to yield, and instead of being allowed to be of use to his niece, was forced to put up with only having the probable credit of it, which went sorely against the grain.” (314)
“I knew that what I wrote must give you pain, but it was necessary.” (356)
“Painful recollections will intrude, which cannot, which out not to be repelled.” (357)
“I was obliged to confess one thing, which for a time, and not unjustly offended him.” (359)
“I have never had a cross word from him in my life, and I have known him ever since he was four years old.” (242) -Mrs. Gardiner
“There is something a little stately in him, to be sure, but it is confined to his air, and is not unbecoming. I can now say with the housekeeper, that though some people may call him proud, I have seen no thing of it.” (250) -Mrs. Gardiner
“I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.” (357)