• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explore the ways in which Jane Austen satirises the social values of her characters in volume one of Pride and Prejudice.

Extracts from this document...


Explore the ways in which Jane Austen satirises the social values of her characters in volume one of Pride and Prejudice. In 'Pride and Prejudice', Jane Austen satirises many of the characters through the way in which they behave, react towards others, what they say and other characters reactions to them. Jane Austen however, does not mock the more sensible, intelligent characters, such as Elizabeth, Darcy, Jane or Bingley, but focus's more on extreme characters such as Mrs Bennet, Miss Bingley and Mr Collins. Mrs. Bennet is an extreme example of a comic figure who is an irresponsible and immoral parent. She demonstrates a total disregard for her daughter's happiness in marriage. Mrs Bennet's one desire is to see her daughters marry, and in her trying so desperately to pursuit this goal, her behaviour does more to harm her daughter's chance of finding a husband than it does to help. Mrs Bennet doesn't have much consideration towards others, just so long as it helps in her quest of getting her daughters married off. ...read more.


What makes Mrs Bennet so much more amusing towards the reader, is how over dramatic she is, 'She is a great deal to ill to move.' She exaggerates everything. Jane Austen also satirises Mr Collins, for his morality. He is a priest and people expect him to be an intelligent and calm man. Mr Collins is actually a clumsy, irresponsible man who just wants a wife no matter what she is like on the inside. "He's assuring himself, to make any possible amends.." He sees women as objects as and no more than accessories. He even uses the same speech to propose to both Elizabeth and Charlotte. His speeches reflect how self-centred he is, since he talks most often about himself or his relations with Lady Catherine rather than his love for Elizabeth or Charlotte. He doesn't understand love. Even once Elizabeth has rejected him, he is not hurt, and straight away proposes to charlotte, with no hesitation. He thinks all women would love to marry him, 'But I can assure the young ladies that I come prepared to admire them.' ...read more.


He doesn't behave the way we would expect a person from the church to act. Mr Collins comes across as a very shallow man, who only cares about people's wealth, rank and looks. He assumes that everybody is interested about Lady Catherine. 'In the motion of his lips were the words 'apology,' 'Hunsford,' and 'Lady Catherine.'' It comes across as he is obsessed and honours her for her status 'He's going to show grateful respects towards her ladyship.' Mr. Collins is fond of making long and daft speeches which have absolutely no meaning in themselves. He is extremely coy, using many words and not saying much within them. Mr. Collins's, speeches are not meant to communicate truth but a means to say what he thinks the people around him want to hear or what will make the people around him think well of him. One way, in which Jane Austen emphasizes Mr Collins's ridiculousness, is by placing him against a character that seems very real, and in this case he has been place up against Elizabeth, which makes Mr Collins seem unbelievable at times. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Jane Austen section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Jane Austen essays

  1. In what ways do public and private worlds affect our judgement of characters in ...

    Writing to Elizabeth she describes the ordeal as 'what a joke it will be!' when really, the elopement drags the Bennet family name through the dirt - with Lydia unaware and oblivious. This behaviour, which, if etiquette were adhered to, should be refined to private, really makes the reader think

  2. Explore the ways Jane Austen satirizes the social values of her characters in volume ...

    When Jane writes to her family informing them of her poor health, Mr. Bennet ironically says that: 'if your daughter should have a dangerous fit of illness, if she should die, it would be a comfort to know that it was all in pursuit of Mr.

  1. Compare the ways in which Austen and Waugh present relationships between the sexes within ...

    Their behaviour is understandable and even prudential.' Women are put under great strain to find a man. Charlotte Lucas goes to great extremes, in a panic driven state to find a companion. Yet even rich women feel pressured to find a man.

  2. Explore how Jane Austen Satirises the social standards of her time in Pride & ...

    Mrs Bennet is a very dramatic woman, and her objective in life in life is to get her daughters married to someone richer, and it doesn't bother her if they're in love are not. For example, when Mr. Collins asks Elizabeth to marry him, Mrs Bennet wanted her to accept

  1. ‘In what ways is “Pride and Prejudice” a Cinderella story?’

    and in fact lives comfortably, the Bennets live under the threat that when Mr Bennet dies, they will lose their home Longbourn, because there is no male heir to the estate. So Cinderella's 'poverty' situation could, theoretically affect Elizabeth at some point in the future.

  2. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen.

    Her tendency to give people the benefit of the doubt leads her to be hurt by insincere friends such as Caroline Bingley: "Certainly not-at first. But they are very pleasing women."(Chapter four) but later on she says: "I confess myself to have been deceived in Miss Bingley's regard for me."(Chapter twenty-six)

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    The Netherfield ladies would have had difficulty in believing that a man, who lived by trade, and within view of his own warehouses, could have been so well bred and agreeable' Mr Darcy observes the Gardiner's sincerity and gentility and acquires an intimacy with the Gardiners which later in the

  2. Examine the different marriage relationships and attitudes towards marriage presented in 'Pride and Prejudice'. ...

    The next relationship that the reader encounters is that of Mr Bingley and Miss Bennet (Jane) the eldest of the daughters. Jane is described by Mr Bingley on first appearances as "The most beautiful creature I ever beheld". She is cautious in her opinions "Since Jane, united with the strength

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work