Why everyone loves Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice Character Analysis)

In this video, we’re breaking down Pride & Prejudice and challenging Austen’s famous story with the biggest questions: Why does everyone love Mr. Darcy? What makes Elizabeth a likable strong female character? Why is this story so satisfying and unforgettable? I firmly believe that if you study stories and look closely at the science behind them, you will find patterns - proven, repeatable storytelling principles that you can apply to YOUR story. That's what we're analyzing in this first-ever episode of Science of Story!

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0:00 Introduction
2:01 Meet Our Protagonist: Elizabeth Bennet
4:41 The Inciting Incident
6:30 Building Romantic Conflict
11:56 Game-Changing Midpoint
14:21 Post-Midpoint Action Hero
16:40 The Disaster
18:35 The Aha Moment
21:07 The Climax
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  1. Maria Eduarda Mota

    Maria Eduarda Mota5 tuntia sitten

    “ you have bewitched me body and soul, and I love, love, love you” I won’t settle for less than this

  2. Jonathan Luchow

    Jonathan Luchow6 tuntia sitten

    Your breakdown is brilliant!!! very well done!! subbed and liked!!

  3. San 三

    San 三2 päivää sitten

    You just got a new subscriber over here.

  4. Theda Tolles

    Theda Tolles2 päivää sitten

    Oh I soo wanted them to kiss, u can clearly see they wanted to even when fighting and insulting each other, but when they didn't oh man it kept that longing for them to be together

  5. Chauhan Anjali

    Chauhan Anjali3 päivää sitten

    I just cried I love this book 🖤

  6. Julie Mak

    Julie Mak3 päivää sitten

    sometimes an almost-kissed-her moment is much more sutisfying and impressive than a real kiss

  7. Yolan Morris

    Yolan Morris4 päivää sitten

    I lost count of the amount of time’s I have watched Pride and Prejudice. It just takes someone to mention the movie then I fall into watching it once daily.

  8. Napoleon Contreras

    Napoleon Contreras4 päivää sitten

    Hi miss, I suggest you read "María" by Jorge Issacs is as good as P&P. It is a wonderful novel that is loved from the first page.

  9. DD pekulimu

    DD pekulimu4 päivää sitten

    Actually, my husband character like Mr. Darcy, he just sweet when he with me... People sometimes misunderstood about him. But after knowing his kind they realize, we can judge people from their cover. I think Mr. Darcy just a kind of introvert guy who lives with high standards of living that's why he just not tolerable with such carachter..

  10. Gallery cat studios

    Gallery cat studios4 päivää sitten

    Hearing you rant about how amazing it is, i think I'm gonna watch this movie.

  11. Mary Smith

    Mary Smith4 päivää sitten

    The 2005 movie adaptation is incredibly unfaithful to Jane Austen's actual text. It makes up events and dialog Austen did not write. Analyzing "Pride and Prejudice" with this movie as your source is ridiculous.

  12. Blessing Addai Parku

    Blessing Addai Parku5 päivää sitten

    Could u pls do one on 'The little women'.

  13. Breck Breckenridge

    Breck Breckenridge5 päivää sitten

    I really like your analysis and style too, but I have a problem: I can't take my eyes off of your eyebrows! Really my dear, they are simply too much! Tone them down about 5 levels. Sorry but I had to share that.

  14. Sailor Girl

    Sailor Girl6 päivää sitten

    I'm sorry but what are your credentials? Somewhat immature analysis of Auten, I think.

  15. Blunt Gal

    Blunt Gal6 päivää sitten

    I stood on that exact spot at Stourhead last week and said a little prayer that i'll experience that kind of love.

  16. Shosho Shosho

    Shosho Shosho6 päivää sitten

    Thank you so much👍👏👏.

  17. Mariam Yehya

    Mariam Yehya7 päivää sitten

    The eternal question did Lizy married Darcy for love or for money ?

  18. Kathie Kennedy

    Kathie Kennedy7 päivää sitten

    The music in this movie is perfectly wonderful! Love the story, but the music is a big draw for me.

  19. GMAMEC

    GMAMEC7 päivää sitten

    Most literature “themes” can be found in the Bible, Shakespeare, or mythology.

  20. Manixa Gabito

    Manixa Gabito9 päivää sitten

    The first 40 seconds, I feel the pain, Mr. Darcy.

  21. Lucky Oswald

    Lucky Oswald10 päivää sitten

    did you have to pay royalties for all those movie clips? or are they released under CC?

  22. Michelle Nicole

    Michelle Nicole10 päivää sitten

    “Did I have a feeling? Get it off! GET IT OFF!” 🤣

  23. Mila Canela

    Mila Canela11 päivää sitten

    God what a great video

  24. sathvika prakash

    sathvika prakash11 päivää sitten

    For the folks who have not read the book , Mr.Darcy advised against Jane to Mr.Bingley not only because she was a from a family of follies but also because he felt Jane was not expressive in her love towards Bingley as much as any women would be.

  25. Kien Oli

    Kien Oli12 päivää sitten

    I like this ...

  26. sigal goldstein

    sigal goldstein12 päivää sitten

    I love that last scene when their foreheads meet instead of a kiss. We’ll, of course the sun rising and creating a heart between them. But for me it also symbolizes that their connection is, first and foremost, a meeting of like minds, and that their admiration for each other is a deep one. In contrast to all the other connections portrayed in the film. Each couple in the film is an example of a different kind of connection, as though Austen is exploring all the possibilities. The Bennetts: total miscommunication, disinterest, and conflicting values. Lydia and Wickham: foolishness and greed. Charlotte and her parson: what a woman must do when she has no property. Elizabeth and Darcy: a true meeting of minds, equality based on regard, similar values.

  27. Susan

    Susan12 päivää sitten

    Wonder if you can compare Pride and Prejudice to Bridgeton ? I'd love to hear your input on both movies.

  28. Dorelinendenwen Ancalime

    Dorelinendenwen Ancalime12 päivää sitten

    At least in this version, i always saw mary with mr. Collins. Their personalities were just so on par, i felt like they were a good super serious couple

  29. Kelly Lujan

    Kelly Lujan12 päivää sitten

    I think every woman wants a Mr. Darcy, it's just a dream but a beautiful one.

  30. Viveka - Alaya Dullius

    Viveka - Alaya Dullius13 päivää sitten

    Just wanted to say that Darcy is definetly asperger (autistic) -he has loads of traits and I love this about him

  31. James K. Polk

    James K. Polk13 päivää sitten

    He's Mr Darcy AND he is married to Keeley Hawes? Matthew McFadyen is a GOD!

  32. Infires4Life

    Infires4Life14 päivää sitten

    It's 1am in the UK....glad it's Sunday 😂

  33. Julia.Cristal

    Julia.Cristal14 päivää sitten

    Because he is old Mr.Grey??? Hahahhahahahah

  34. Marinela Demrozi

    Marinela Demrozi14 päivää sitten

    Amaazing video. Thank you

  35. zam jed

    zam jed15 päivää sitten

    "you bet it dies, honey, please" sis i cackled

  36. Julie Miller

    Julie Miller15 päivää sitten

    Over-acting? First she hears him say that she's not attractive enough to 'temp' him. Then she believes Mr. Wickham. Then she finds out that he separated Jane and Mr. Bingley. Then he tells her that he loves her DESPITE his 'better judgment', and trashes her family (except Jane). . .so from her perspective, I understand her anger. (I loved him at "Forgive me, Madam, for taking up so much of your time."

  37. Saumya Tiwari

    Saumya Tiwari15 päivää sitten

    Can u make a video on the moor of the Venice ( Othello)

  38. Trish Venegas

    Trish Venegas15 päivää sitten

    Love love this Movie I what it 3 times a week. Love everything about it, some how I feel like I lived in that kind of world with peace and a wonderful Father.

  39. Norah Herbert

    Norah Herbert16 päivää sitten

    Apologies to everyone else who has said how much they love this film because I absolutely HATE this version. Matthew Whatsisname's dress code is shabby chic to scruffy & Keira Knightly is just plain scruffy. He's loaded & she is the daughter of a gentleman, neither would wear clothes like that. His shirts & collars are limp & badly fitted & she looks as if she's wearing sacking sometimes. She wouldn't dream of wandering about in a farmyard shoeless & they certainly wouldn't have a pig running about the inside of their house for the very good reason that the Bennetts don't live on a farm. I can almost forgive the changes in dialogue but what I cannot forgive is their delivery of said dialogue. Theyspeaksofastyoubarelyunderrstandwhatitistheyaresaying. This spoiled the entire film for me. The whole point of Jane Austin is the wonderful witty dialogue & all you hear is two people talking so fast that the intricate meaning of the dialogue has just gone. This version of the film makes the 1940 version that starred Laurance Olivier & Greer Carson, who were aged 33 & 36 respectively look positively Oscar-worthy. Lizzie Bennett states that she is not yet one & twenty & Mr Darcy is assumed to be about 28...I'm sorry? A version of a film with stars two people who this old is ludicrous plus the fact that everyone was in clothing that came from the wardrobe of Gone With The Wind because the studio didn't have the money to design & make Georgian clothing & this is the film version that is 100% better than the 2005 version. ▲ 💡

  40. Hermione Granger

    Hermione Granger16 päivää sitten

    I don't know what makes me feel shyness during love stories

  41. Debra Curry

    Debra Curry17 päivää sitten

    The first time I saw Matthew McFadyen in Pillars of the Earth (?) I found him so delicious, every role he does has that plus. Ripper Street only added to that.

  42. Alexandra Trefilova

    Alexandra Trefilova17 päivää sitten

    Почему у тебя русский акцент?

  43. harley olijnek

    harley olijnek18 päivää sitten

    it's always "wyd" and never "yhbmbasaililily"

  44. Lorraine M. Swartzentruber

    Lorraine M. Swartzentruber18 päivää sitten

    I love Matthew in this role! His portrayal was more realistic and human. Many ask how does Darcy go from being cold and snobby to loving Elizabeth? Matthew played it that he was introverted/shy along with some hautiness. My favorite adaptation hands down.

  45. Anna Nakopia

    Anna Nakopia18 päivää sitten

    im gonna remember this was the first video I saw of this channel

  46. Vesania Molfino

    Vesania Molfino19 päivää sitten

    I really enjoy your video, but I thought it was an analysis of the book... oh well

  47. Kingston

    Kingston19 päivää sitten

    Great actor. He’s such a goof in succession but absolutely charming on this one, it’s impossible not to swoon.

  48. High School Audiobooks

    High School Audiobooks19 päivää sitten

    The movie leaves so much of the novel out- and yet the movie is riveting. I am so conflicted by my love/hate relationship with this adaptation....

  49. Aprajita Rana

    Aprajita Rana19 päivää sitten

    What I especially love about this story is that the character transformation is happening with relation to each other. The words Darcy said to Elizabeth and Elizabeth said to Darcy have had some impact, have contributed in some way. Their actions are absolutely intertwined and this is what makes their journey especially interesting. It's like a two substances mixing for a slow...very slow...gradual...chemical reaction...

  50. Ministers of the Tea

    Ministers of the Tea21 päivä sitten

    More videos like this, please!

  51. ChasingTheRain

    ChasingTheRain21 päivä sitten

    This was such a good video... new sub!

  52. Electrohedron

    Electrohedron22 päivää sitten

    I'm glad Abbie mentions the importance of character transformation, something rarely found in movies. Personal growth seems so elusive in actuality; it's difficult to believe possible. I think this movie is a work of art, regardless of various comparisons. And, the piano soundtrack is so captivating; I'm "bewitched".

  53. Suyan Liu

    Suyan Liu22 päivää sitten

    This is one of my favoriate movies, love Elizabeth and Darcy,

  54. Larah Kahluand

    Larah Kahluand23 päivää sitten

    At the time Austen wrote, the Hollywood kiss was not yet in fashion.😂😊

  55. Unusual Practical life

    Unusual Practical life24 päivää sitten

    I feel this movie was a distorted shadow of the actual story. The real story is genius, Jane Austen but this version, not so much.

  56. Unusual Practical life

    Unusual Practical life24 päivää sitten

    I like looking at Matthew more but Colin is the better Darcy.

  57. Máriah Ansousa

    Máriah Ansousa24 päivää sitten

    Orgulho e renúncia

  58. M. T. Campos

    M. T. Campos24 päivää sitten

    That line Mr. Darcy drops on her is perfection..."I"m sorry madam for taking up so much of your time"...perfect!

  59. Zenobia Palmyra

    Zenobia Palmyra24 päivää sitten

    Ugh, Americans yammering on about Pride and Prejudice. Yawn!!

  60. Katrina Mae Fideles

    Katrina Mae Fideles25 päivää sitten

    Who else saved the soundtrack when mr. Darcy strut his way to lizzie? 🤚🙋‍♀️

  61. Nathaly Yopán

    Nathaly Yopán25 päivää sitten

    I also loved what you shared about the transformation as a result of the experience!

  62. Nathaly Yopán

    Nathaly Yopán25 päivää sitten

    I just LOVED it! Especially what you said about the strong female character! Thanks for sharing!

  63. Jenny M

    Jenny M25 päivää sitten

    I was a teenager when I discovered Jane Austen and became sliiightly obsessed with her works and especially First Impressions a.k.a. Pride & Prejudice. When this movie came out like a year after I had read the novel, I watched it like 3 times in two months.. for my BA essay I actually did an analysis on why Lizzy is a strong female character (especially in relation to the other women) Love the book, the movie, the BBC series and now also this video on why we love the characters!

  64. Sophia Jane Sevilla

    Sophia Jane Sevilla25 päivää sitten

    Dang it!! Mr Darcy's confession gets ne everytime!!! 😍😍😍♥️ I agree. The only thing mr Darcy's done wrong.😂

  65. Kate Aye

    Kate Aye25 päivää sitten

    I cannot stand that 2005 version you began with. I am a life long devotee of the BBC 1995 version.

  66. Megan Meyers

    Megan Meyers26 päivää sitten

    Take a look at Inciting Incident, 4:51: When Lizzie looks at Mr. Darcy from the stairs as he's insulting her, the light forms a tear from her eye.

  67. Marcea Susanna Becerras

    Marcea Susanna Becerras26 päivää sitten

    I don't like this version of Pride and Prejudice. I like the OPB(?) I think it is miniseries with Colin Firth and Jennifer E(?). That's my favorite version of it I didn't like this version I don't like Knightley as the heroine. I like Jennifer better.

  68. Fantasy Love 🍁

    Fantasy Love 🍁26 päivää sitten

    20:38 Oh yes ! And these female characters also usually lack empathy, 'cause you can't feel anything when you are strong, obviously, and are characterized by being mean to every character that tries to help them or give them advice, especially when it's a man. "You can't accept help, be proven wrong and be nice if you are a strong female character, especially when a man is involved, 'cause being strong obviously means doing everything on your own without asking for anyone's opinion and without caring for their feelings".... That's so annoying 😑🙁

  69. Unknown Unknown

    Unknown Unknown27 päivää sitten

    Loved this video!!!

  70. Brianna Collie

    Brianna Collie27 päivää sitten

    Can we also take a moment and admire how Elizabeth stands up to his Horrible Aunt !! Like she told that woman off !!

  71. Brianna Collie

    Brianna Collie27 päivää sitten

    This one is my favorite version!! Keira is amazing as Lizzie

  72. Alex Travel

    Alex Travel27 päivää sitten

    i loove this movie! and the kisses at the end are perfect!!

  73. jocla1

    jocla127 päivää sitten

    I never understood this novel until now. Thank you

  74. Cgh Rios

    Cgh Rios27 päivää sitten

    I wanted him to kiss her because she would have been confused as to why she felt electrified in spite of her disdain for him. Then would have said what he said and walked away.

  75. Lexa Rae

    Lexa Rae27 päivää sitten

    That scene was perfect and Darcy made the right choice.

  76. SamJones01011

    SamJones0101128 päivää sitten


  77. Ann Molloy

    Ann Molloy28 päivää sitten

    I love Joe Wright’s movies. P&P, Atonement and Anna Karenina. There is such movement in every scene. So many things take place it is mesmerising.

  78. Deana Cornett-Fuller

    Deana Cornett-Fuller28 päivää sitten

    Awesome video!

  79. Shmelly M

    Shmelly M29 päivää sitten

    My all-time favorite.

  80. Welks

    Welks29 päivää sitten

    This is the perfect version of this story.

  81. Fabiola Freitas

    Fabiola FreitasUukausi sitten

    I could watch it forever!! ❤️

  82. PhoenixWing513

    PhoenixWing513Uukausi sitten

    In my eyes, a forehead touch is so much more intimate than a kiss. That scene was so beautiful and vulnerable to me. I loved it. With the sun peaking through in the back to the sounds of the birds, it was such a gorgeous and natural scene.

  83. Vaneta R

    Vaneta RUukausi sitten

    Well of course it's because Jane Austen writes really well. But I think, also, deep down, people know it's wrong to pre-judge people because of their "status." Elizabeth assumed Darcy was a bad person because he was snobbish and rich. He was raised to have too much pride, but that didn't mean he was a bad person. And of course, Darcy learned that he shouldn't be such a snob. We are ALL PEOPLE and we ALL make mistakes. Love can overlook those mistakes and help us stop making them.

  84. sms

    smsUukausi sitten

    yeah...she meant every word she uttered in that scene. definitely not a no really means yes moment-- because that's not a thing.

  85. i know exactly who you are

    i know exactly who you areUukausi sitten

    Matthew Macfadyen was the better embodiment of Mr Darcy than Colin Firth, change my mind

  86. u know who i am

    u know who i amUukausi sitten

    Mr. Darcy: *insults Elizabeth and her family in every way possible* Also Mr. Darcy that very same instance: --m4rRY mE-- uwu

  87. Adrian Paul

    Adrian PaulUukausi sitten

    Hey Abbie, I'm so excited I found your channel rn. I've been trying to write a fantasy novel for a while now and could definitely use some help :) Thanks!

  88. Adrian Paul

    Adrian PaulUukausi sitten

    I watched the movie after reading the book and this was a really good adaptation imo.

  89. ksiiso nriaru

    ksiiso nriaruUukausi sitten

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  90. Jungoo Kookie

    Jungoo KookieUukausi sitten

    Back in 2005, I watched this movie when I was an innocent 10 yo and it’s still my favorite romance movie ever since. The ending part when he didn’t kiss her made it seems so pure and genuine, very respectful and lasts an impression for me.

  91. Bea T

    Bea TUukausi sitten

    I like Mr Darcy because he is a dark horse of sorts. He seems snobby and uptight but the audience soon discovers that he is a very considerate, socially awkward hero of a man who does his best with the information presented to him (the Bennet's are a disaster, Jane did seem uninterested in Charles and Elizabeth is perfectly tolerable, at first glance, anyway). Also, he is tall, handsome and fabulously rich.

  92. Gamer Named Darvit

    Gamer Named DarvitUukausi sitten

    I absolutely love this story. Most definitely safe to say this is my all-time favorite book. It's exceedingly difficult, if not impossible, to choose which version of the film accompaniment I like more! They're both most excellent and the actors fit their roles so well in the film and tv series. Thank you for covering this story!

  93. SayconTalks

    SayconTalksUukausi sitten

    Wonderful breakdown… but also - where did you get that rosy pink chair?

  94. Baconaise

    BaconaiseUukausi sitten

    no offence, but the mr.darcy you showed us in the thumbnail is the one no-one likes and is from the pride and prejudice known for being the worst

  95. heyoka Ikaggen

    heyoka IkaggenUukausi sitten

    Because they want to marry a rich guy with totes integrity.

  96. Wul Zo_om

    Wul Zo_omUukausi sitten

    I feel like Mr. Darcy choosing not to kiss her is actually so respectful.

  97. Julia Hopewell

    Julia HopewellUukausi sitten

    I saw the 1995 adaptation with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle first. It has spoiled us completely. This film is good; but Darcy is not up to scratch (insufficiet passion in his body language and eyes). Mr and Mrs Bennett in the 1995 version (Benjamin Whitrow and Alison Steadman) are glorious together; whereas Julie Walters (whom I love) had a very much miscast Donald Sutherland. The man could hardly be understood - and the American accent jarred. This current version has some lovely scenery and Keira Knightly is good; but it doesn't compare in all other respects. Do watch the 1995 version, - if only for Mr Collins (wonderful performance!).

  98. ced ed

    ced edUukausi sitten

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  99. samuan001

    samuan001Uukausi sitten

    Darcy couldn't kiss her - it was 19th c. And he was a gentle man for Christ's sake! ;-)

  100. Miranda Merritt

    Miranda MerrittUukausi sitten

    I need an explanation on the part with Mr. Darcy's aunt, and then the meet-up after when he said it gave him hope. I have never caught on to what had happened, and I've watched the movie so many times.

  101. Debbie Lough

    Debbie LoughUukausi sitten

    After Lizzie confirms to the aunt that she and Darcy aren't engaged, the aunt asks her to promise that she'll never enter into an engagement with him. Lizzie refuses to promise that she never will be engaged to Darcy. Darcy knows Lizzie well enough to believe that if she had no hope / intention that they might become engaged, she'd have said so to his aunt. So it makes him realise there may be a chance yet.