Ah, Mr. Collins—you exist for us to deride, disdain, and demoralize, don’t you? (Thank goodness you’ll never catch on.) You are a comedic character, and you do your job *so* well if you are not ticking us off beyond all reason!
During my reading, I had a realization. Mr. Collins is the Forever Alone Guy. For those who are not aware, the Forever Alone Guy originates from Rage Comics, a series based in comedic (but not deep) social commentary which has become famous on the internet for its iconic copied-and-pasted characters being appropriated for punchlines various macro images. In short: they are internet memes. It is a form of visual shorthand on the internet to encapsulate a much larger concept into a single image. In the case of the Forever Alone guy, any concept of romantic frustration, of being friendless or unlikeable, or any form of undesirable isolation is shown in the image I have attached to this post (and if the picture doesn’t show as a picture, I welcome you to google “forever alone” for a quick visual).
There’s actually some analysis to the humor of both these characters to show the contrast of how and why they are funny for their times. You see, Mr. Collins is funny because he honestly does not know what an imbecile he is. He does not know that he shouldn’t go chat up Mr. Darcy, he doesn’t know that Madame Catherine de Bourgh is being condescending when she condescends to him, and he doesn’t know that he hasn’t got the slightest chance with Elizabeth. That’s what makes him so funny, his utter obliviousness at his complete failure to be anything that he things he is. On the other side, we have the Forever Alone Guy, who is a product of the Postmodern (or Post-Postmodern) era: his humor is ironic, self-depricating, self-aware, and simplistic. Mr. Collins is an overly long and highfalutin setup for a joke, Forever Alone Guy is the punchline.
But how is it, by gosh *how* is it that the Forever Alone guy gets a woman? He may be oblivious to the fact, but they aren’t! Going back to the chapter that Megan and I presented: Patriarchy. For all his failure at being the kind of man than any woman with two brain cells to rub together would want, Mr. Collins has property and money. There’s a certain kind of thinking woman who will weigh her options and pick the Forever Alone And Oblivious over being Forever Alone herself.
It has been done! The above is my discussion post analysis of Mr. Collins and the Forever Alone Guy. Now with more nerd, less nerdception. (via insert-awesome-title-here)
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