I just finished Pride and Prejudice. The really obvious ending happened – Mr. Darcy saved the day – but it’s interesting to consider both Mr. Darcy and Wickham’s characters, that Darcy is a good person and Wickham is a bad person. I like that the difference is subtle. They’re not the insane bad guy and god-like super hero that helps the audience keep the two defined.
Mr. Darcy is particularly special because he doesn’t care, or at least hasn’t trained himself, to come off as a good person in other people’s eyes. The ending is significant because he did something really good, which he never expected to get credit for. That proves that he’s a good person entirely by his own virtue, honour, and...or basically belief that you have to do the right thing, whether anyone knows about it or not.
Whickham is the opposite. He projects a good appearence, but that appearence is a tool. He uses it to facilitate greed. I think that’s Wickham’s fault – greed. It’s a fault, but I guess greed can really drive a person forward. That’s why greedy people have the energy and creativity that wins them the intrigue and favour of others.