Relationships and Entanglements
Elizabeth & Mr. Darcy
The differing way each character sees reputation and wealth causes numerous misunderstanding throughout the book. Take Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. The reason why there was so much confusion lies in a simple exchange in the ball that occurred between them. This subjective context, did not really seem what they appear to be.
In a way both characters are kindred spirits from the start, both having to conform to roles which they do not wish to be applied to. They also have to fall under an expectation to be a certain way according to societal norms.
Both, in turn, rebel at this notion. Mr. Darcy, with his stubborn temperament and haughtiness, and Elizabeth with her witty replies. However, Elizabeth is blinded by his rudeness, and he is blinded by his fear to love her and lose his position of respect amongst his peers.
Although this ensues the numerous disagreements which occur within the novel between them, it also unravels a series of events which leads to people's misunderstandings.
Collins & Catherine
Observe the other couple, Collins and Catherine who by temperament are the contrary of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. They are content to fulfill their societal obligations, and to try to conform. For this reason, they amicably become matched from the beginning.
However, the conniving nature of the society and the social climbing mother does not permit them to live entirely happily ever after. Catherine is blinded to the Collin's snobbery, and he is blinded by the advice that Darcy chooses to impart upon him which causes him to separate himself from his love. He believes that her quiet nature does not seem like true love simply because of her overbearing mother. It is only when Catherine and her lover rebels completely that they are able to break free from the paternal influence to marry their love at last.
Together at Last
It takes a longer revelation Darcy and Elizabeth to come together in the end. Mainly because of what the book entails "pride and prejudice" their moral ambiguity, and blindness to each other's complmentary character is what leads to several downfalls. Darcy and Elizabeth must reconcile with a different view of love and leave behind the barriers they have placed determined by their status in society.
Elizabeth cannot think that there is kindness in a man like Darcy who is of a class and society she tends to think has little to offer. Darcy must reconcile with the fact that she is of a "lower" status and has a family who does not behave in a way conducive to proper society. Yet when he is presented the alternative, to marry someone of his class who is boring, dour and limited, he realizes that it is better to love someone with Elizabeth's nature than not to love to uphold your status. Elizabeth as well has to overcome her initial reservations when she sees the inner beauty he has inside.
It is only when she sees what unravels with our antagonist, Wickham, in every way he is the antithesis of Mr. Darcy. He is charming, good looking and knows exactly what to say. But underneath his sleek exterior is a manipulative character prone to trickery and seduction. He is completely blinded by his own egotism and ambition and essentially his lust for women.
Because of Elizabeth's conformity to what society sees fit for her to behave, she reacts well to him. She is even quick to believe the account of events which Mr. Darcy foresees about Mr. Darcy. Again, we see another way that Elizabeth is blinded by appearances of goodwill and not the true thing.
Because he is an antithesis of everything that is Mr. Darcy, it is only when she sees her sister's downfall, who is in essence another symbolism of a woman's stereotype. Lydia is silly, vain and stupid. She is also the result of her mother's upbringing. She ends up marrying in shame and completely oblivious of her having risked ruining the family's reputation.