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Compare the relationships between Mr and Miss Bingley, Mr and Miss Darcy and any two of the Bennett sisters, exploring the use Austen makes of sibling relationships in the novel.

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Compare the relationships between Mr and Miss Bingley, Mr and Miss Darcy and any two of the Bennett sisters, exploring the use Austen makes of sibling relationships in the novel. The core theme in Pride and Prejudice is the relationships between [MSOffice1]siblings. Austen had a large family and many siblings with whom she was close but with her sister Cassandra, was she especially so. These reflect the sibling relationships that, in my opinion, are central to the novel. Each character has more than one sibling relationship, whether related through blood, through growing up together or in the sense of a close friendship. For example, Darcy has more than one sibling relationship, as he is related to Georgiana, he grew up with Wickham and is extremely close to Bingley. All these relationships could be seen as being between siblings even though they are not all related through blood, as Wickham and Darcy have grown up as brothers due to their situation. With the development of character comes the development of each relationship. As the two eldest of the Bennet sisters, Lizzy and Jane are the closest of all the siblings. Although both different in character, they are superior figures in their family and regarded by their father as more level-headed than the other three girls. Being sisters and so close in age, means they share many things with each other, namely thoughts, emotions and feelings. ...read more.

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Darcy and Georgiana have a loving and caring relationship like that of the two Bennett sisters but it is a fatherly affection and love that Darcy shows for his younger sister. He protects, cares for and dotes on her, buys many gifts and endeavours to find her the best schooling in the form of a private tutor. He is "more than 10 years her senior" and as their father died while they were still relatively young, he has taken on the role of not only an older brother but a father figure. Georgiana, who is about 16 at the time of the novel, looks up to and respects her brother, thinking very highly of him and his opinions. We hear from more than one source during the novel that she is very accomplished, sings and plays well. When plans were made to elope with Mr. Wickham, she was "unable to support the idea of grieving and offending a brother" and therefore acknowledged everything to him. Darcy rescued his sister from this elopement and is so eager to protect his sister from humiliation and ridicule from society that Darcy decides to conceal Wickham's true character. The situation is of course further complicated by the joint upbringing of Darcy and Wickham making them have a sibling relationship close to that of brothers. ...read more.

Conclusion

Caroline lies and manipulates her brother into doing what she wants and what she feels is the best course of action. This is demonstrated when she persuades Bingley, with the help of Darcy and Mrs Hurst, that he should remain in London, that Jane's connections are far below theirs and that Jane does not reciprocate his feelings. This shows the lack of loyalty within the relationship but illustrates Bingley's faith and trust towards her. Caroline is clearly closer to her sister Mrs. Hurst, although she is married but Bingley's relationship with this sister seems to be just as distant. The three central relationships show the three main differences in character and nature of both the siblings and their relationships. They highlight also the connection between how each character acts towards others, for instance if Lizzy was not so close to Jane it is possible she would not be so protective and therefore dislike Miss Bingley and Mrs Hurst so readily[MSOffice3]. Austen's relationships with her own siblings I believe influenced certain aspects of her depiction of each sibling relationship. Her closeness to her own sister strongly affects the two Bennett sisters and her many older brothers whom she looked up to and respected, is shown within Darcy and Georgiana's relationship. The relationship between Bingley and Caroline shows a distinction between the sort of relationships that siblings have and to provide a different perspective on them. [MSOffice1] Overstating the case [MSOffice2]not referenced [MSOffice3] one of the main reasons for refusing Darcy's proposal ...read more.

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