I’m going to go ahead and say it. I think Mr. Darcy is kind of a jerk. And even when he redeems himself, I still don’t understand why everyone thinks he’s such a hunky dreamboat, no matter how ardent he is. Yet so many people have placed him on the pedestal of best hero/romantic interest ever ever in the history or future of ever. I don’t get it.
And don’t get me wrong, I love Colin Firth as much as the next repressed white girl who replaced relationships with the BBC for the first twenty years of life. Maybe its his sultry, misunderstood, puppy-dog eyes that are to blame. Perhaps if anyone could explain why they loved Mr. Darcy before the nineties I would understand.
Here are the reason’s why Mr. Darcy is the actual worst:
1. Prejudice–It’s in the title, y’all!
We all know that Mr. Darcy’s biased first impression of Lizzie is a snobbish and unfair one, but he was not only rude to her, HE ALSO BLEW OFF THE ENTIRE TOWN.
“It is a compliment which I never pay to any place if I can avoid it.”
There was not a single person in town that could possibly be worth his time, so why should he get to know anybody other than Mr. Bingley and Caroline.
2. He’s a tad bit sexist, unironically.
“You are dancing with the only handsome girl in the room.”
He glanced around the room and decided that all the ladies were hags because they wore country fashions. Okay, I’m exaggerating, but only a little.
“You either choose this method of passing the evening because you are in each other’s confidence, and have secret affairs to discuss, or because you are conscious that your figures appear to the greatest advantage in walking; if the first, I would be completely in your way, and if the second, I can admire you much better as I sit by the fire.”
Yeah. That happened. I would be tempted to chew someone out for that speech even today. Thankfully Lizzie is more cunning than I am hot-headed.
3. He broke up Jane and Bingley and then proposed…obviously.
I’m not going to even say much here because we all know that was a jerk move and his first proposal was awfully condescending. Thankfully Lizzie calls him out on that one.
4. He only starts treating Lizzie with any manners because he discovers she’s clever.
Mr. Darcy starts to bring the reader around because he begins to treat her like a human being. But he already treated his friends that way and didn’t really extend that privilege to anyone else except Jane because they were the only two that he really had an opportunity to get to know to discover how intelligent and pleasant they were. This hardly convinces me of a miraculous 180 of character.
5. His one act of valiance could easily be explained as a being bit selfish.
So he rescues Lydia. I admit, that was very nice of him. But maybe he did it because he intended on marrying into the family whose name he would not want sullied by Lydia’s indiscretion. Maybe not. But we really still aren’t seeing a massive inner-growth here.
I really don’t actually dislike Mr. Darcy, in fact I think he is an incredibly well-written, mulch-faceted character. However, as far as the great romantic dish he’s supposed to be, I refrain from endorsing.