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Are Mr and Mrs Bennet good parents?

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Are Mr and Mrs Bennet good parents? In the 21st century, the definition of a 'good parent' remains clouded and vague. It is basically down to the judgement of the parent raising their children in a way that they view appropriate. The same goes for the 18th century and every other century before and beyond. Parenting styles can be influenced by society's expectations and ideas of what 'good parenting' is. This goes for Mr and Mrs Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Their relative roles can be contrasted as a mother who is blinded by appearance, regarding wealth and status highly and a father who looks beyond appearances to dig deeper into a person's character. Mr and Mrs Bennet live at Longbourn, Hertfordshire and have five daughters and no sons. ...read more.

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Rather than interpreting her as a woman of mean understanding, little information and uncertain temper, we should perceive her as a prudent mother despite her sometimes irrational remarks. As we progress through every chapter, a clearer picture of Mr Bennet is drawn. We see him firmly attached to his books and readings, and more detached from his family. Even when Elizabeth warns him not to allow Lydia to go to Brighton, for her own safety, he barely acknowledges Elizabeth's statement and proceeds in his own thoughts. It seems that Mr and Mrs Bennet are both two sides of the same coin; they both ignore the needs of their daughters. As we take a step back and look at the broader picture we realise that they actually complement each other in their different views. ...read more.

Conclusion

In the 18th century class was of great importance. Class covered a wide range in aspects of society and wealth. The way people were behaving and misbehaving characterised them as a member of the social group. This including Mr and Mrs Bennet. The relationship between Mr and Mrs Bennet appears to be false. They share very little in common, Mrs Bennet investing her time marrying her daughters off and Mr Bennet, escaping into his books. On a deeper level however, if either one of them were to fall ill one would be as much hurt as the other. With respect to their relationship with their daughters, Mr Bennet shows signs of love and care as much as Mrs Bennet does in her own way, and they are a good mother and father to the extent that nobody is a perfect human being or a perfect parent. Words; 715 ...read more.

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