Quick Index Board Index Home FAQ Site Map
|Many Bad Sides
Written by Robbin
(10/14/2009 2:11 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I very much agree with you, Rachel G, penned by Outi
But Willoughby’s good sides are in short supply. I agree Willoughby is a great character to read about but he is a terrible person. He is completely selfish, has no principles, honor, remorse or empathy for others. Hollow is a good description of him. Willoughby uses women for material gain and to gratify his vanity, sexual (Eliza) and otherwise (Marianne) and is then perfectly willing to dispose of them without regard to their feelings, welfare or happiness. According to Willoughby they were not the only women he used in this way:
“Careless of her happiness [Marianne’s], thinking only of my own amusement, giving way to feelings which I had always been too much in the habit of indulging, I endeavoured, by every means in my power, to make myself pleasing to her, without any design of returning her affection." (Ch. 44)
Mrs. Smith did not die quick enough to relieve Willoughby’s self-inflicted financial woes so he marries Sophia for her fortune and once he has it hopes she will die as well since she is no longer of use to him. Once again, women are disposable. How can you know Willoughby was victimized? The only deprivation Willoughby speaks of is that of a fortune too small for his ego in Ch. 44: "My fortune was never large, and I had always been expensive, always in the habit of associating with people of better income than myself. Can you say which of Willoughby’s actions and motives are not conscious?
Willoughby has free-will and knows the difference between right and wrong. Is it not just that he chooses villainy over goodness? (:D)
Groupread is maintained by Myretta with WebBBS 3.21.