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By: Taylor Uveges, Bridget Lyons, Brian Jones

Character Description:

  • Clergyman, who is line to inherit the Longbourn after the death of Mr. Bennet.
  • Although his social standing is not very high, he acts like it is and is very arrogant and snobby
  • Not very smart or sensible, comes off as ridiculous.
  • Has an ulterior motive to stay at the Bennet household, it is to marry one of the girls
  • He first tries to marry Jane, Elizabeth, and finally ends up marrying Charlotte Lucas.
  • Either sucks up or acts completely conceited
  • Obsessed with his patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh
  • He thinks very highly of himself, is long-winded.


  • "A fortunate chance had recommended him to Lady Catherine de Bourgh when the living of Hunsford was vacant; and respect which he felt for her high rank, and his veneration for her as his patroness, mingling with a very good opinion of himself, of his authority as a clergyman, and his rights as a rector, made him altogether a mixture of pride and obsequiousness, self-importance and humility." (Austen, 61)

Explanation: Mr. Collins is not very intelligent being raised by an illiterate father, but he has a very high opinion of himself. He is often idiotic and pompous. He is proud of his patroness Lady Catherine and her high rank only because he feels his connection to her makes him look better. He feels important because he is a clergyman and has authority, but really he is not sensible of educated.

  • "Mr. Collins was not a sensible man, and the deficiency of nature had been but little assisted by education or society-the greatest part of his life having been spent under the guidence of an illiterate and miserly father-and though he belonged to one of the universities, he had merely kept the necessary terms, without forming at it any useful acquaintance." (Austen, 59)

Explanation: Although Mr. Collins is a clergyman, he is not very sensible and thinks very highly of himself, when he really had no high education or exposure to culture and society during his lifetime. He grew up with an illiterate father and although he went to school he did not try very hard or do very well so it was not of much use to him. Even though in the past he was more humble because of his past, new opportunities made his ego grow.

Discussion Questions:

1. What is that Mr. Collins sees in himself that makes him regard himself so highly?

2. Why do you think Mr. Collins proposed to Charlotte Lucas so soon after proposing to Elizabeth?

3. What traits/instances give the impression of Mr. Collins as a ridiculous character?

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Character: Malcom from She's the Man

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In She's the Man, Malcom is an extremely snobby and annoying character who thinks very highly of himself for no apparent reason. Although he appears to have a significant amount of money, he has no other reason for thinking so highly of himself. No one respects him the way he thinks they do, and is often pushed aside as an annoyance or a pesk or not taken seriously. For example, he is brushed off by Olivia several times only seeing him as an annoyance, and by the principal several times when trying to get to the bottom of Viola or "Sebastian's" secret. Also he tends to make a fool of himself such as at the big soccer game, and even when he is proven right people still just find him annoying, Finally, he is constantly denied by Olivia, and cannot understand why she would refuse him. Malcom can also be compared to Malvolio from Shakespears Twelfth Night.

This compares to Mr. Collins in several ways. Like Malcom, Mr. Collins is extremely snobby and annoying although he has no reason to. Elizabeth and Mr. Bennet especially find him extremely annoying, and rather than trying to to have a serious conversation or consider that he might be a good man, they just brush him off as an obnoxious snob. Finally, when he is denied by Elizabeth, he simply cannot understand why because he believes he would have been a good match for her, and cannot understand why she would refuse.