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"Compare and contrast the various reactions to Lydia going to Brighton" in Pride and prejudice.

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Introduction

"Compare and contrast the various reactions to Lydia going to Brighton" "Pride and Prejudice" was written by English novelist Jane Austen who was born on 16 December 1775. "Pride and Prejudice" is one of the finest novels she wrote. It is a novel about certain families and individuals developing feelings for each other due to certain events. It was published in 1813. Jane Austen has always had a heroine in her novels as is the case in this one too. This novel is predominantly about people expressing both pride and prejudice in their affairs. The other main factor of the novel is marriage which reoccurs throughout the story and it is marriage which attracts Lydia to elope with Mr Wickham. The first line of the novel justifies this and explains what the novel is about. "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife"(Chapter 1) This is an exquisite introductory line written by Jane Austen to introduce this entertaining novel. The various reactions about Lydia going to Brighton occupy the Bennet family. The Bennet family contains seven individuals. Mr Bennet is an intelligent man yet also very self centred. He's rather unwilling to be involved in parenting and doesn't take as much part in it as much as Mrs Bennet. ...read more.

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Kitty feels she is entitled to be invited along with Lydia as she is two years older than her, despite not being acquainted with Mrs. Forster to the extent that Lydia is. Kitty is annoyed by this but can't do much about it. She becomes extremely emotional. "Though I am not her particular friend. I have just as much right to be asked as she has, and more too, for I am two years older." (Chapter 41) Kitty cannot accept the fact that she will not be going and exposes her disappointment. Lydia embodies the spirit of joy, and therefore she's inattentive of Kitty's feelings due to her selfishness which she proudly expresses after her marriage. Elizabeth is enormously worried about Lydia going to Brighton. She expresses her worries about this matter. "Lydia will never be easy till she has exposed herself in some public place or other, and we can never expect her to do it with so little expense or inconvenience to her family as under the present circumstances." (chapter41) Elizabeth it totally aware of Lydia's capabilities and is worried that this agreement may cause a dreadful aftermath. Elizabeth tirelessly tries to convince her father not to allow Lydia to depart. She is concerned about her whole family's reputation. She has a negative feeling about this matter and expects nothing more than depressing results. ...read more.

Conclusion

Mr Darcy proves this continuously because of his support. Mr and Mrs Bennet, Jane, Kitty and Mary are all happy for Lydia after the family reunites after her marriage. After all the negative events the family views the result from a positive point of view as the problematic issues have been solved. The story portrays the significance of how marriage was treated in the 19th century. The elopement of a woman with a man was very common yet it wasn't socially accepted. As we can see from Mrs Bennet's reaction it is a painful experience upon the mother just as well as the entire family. The whole community changes their view about the Bennet family due to a selfish individual mistake by Lydia. Pride and Prejudice shows how vastly the culture within Britain has changed within one century. It was traditional for the parents of a daughter to choose their husband where as at present this is a rare tradition within Britain. However, this type of culture can still be seen in many parts of the world. People from those cultures may read this story and may relate to it. The story gives us an image of how romance and relationships took place during that time enabling us to compare and contrast it with the present. It all sums up to a conclusion that Jane Austin is successful in conveying the message that unity is important within a family and that selfishness which Lydia shows can ruin an entire family's reputation. 1 ...read more.

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