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From your study of chapters 1-21 of Pride & Prejudice what have you learnt about the various members of the Bennet family and their relationships?

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Becky Gallagher. 16th July 2003. From your study of chapters 1-21 of Pride & Prejudice what have you learnt about the various members of the Bennet family and their relationships? The Bennet family consists of Mr Bennet, Mrs Bennet and their five daughters; Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty and Lydia. They all live together in Longbourn House, Hertfordshire. The reason for so many daughters is that they kept on trying for a child in hope that Mrs Bennet would give birth to a boy, evidently they were unsuccessful. The reason that they kept trying was because the heir to Mr Bennets inheritance would have to be male. Therefore as soon as Mr Bennett dies the family would be turned out of their home and left with just �5,000 to live on, of which is all Mrs Bennets fortune. Consequently, Mrs Bennets objective and mission is to get every daughter well married as soon as possible - "The business of her life was to get her daughters married." Mr Bennet is a man of at least 40 years old, he's "an odd mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve and caprice", he is intelligent but isn't a very effective family man. He neglects his responsibilities as a father and husband and distances himself from the rest of the family, in particular his wife - "Mr Bennett left the room fatigued with the raptures of his wife". ...read more.


* "Oh! She is the most beautiful creature I ever beheld"(Mr Bingley) * "One does not often see anybody better looking" (Mrs Bennet). Jane is mostly happy, good tempered and always finds the good side in a person, often dismissing the uglier side in any situation, such as it was with Caroline Bingley. Elizabeth is honest enough to tell her, "You never see fault in anybody. All the world are good and agreeable in your eyes. I've never heard you speak ill of a human being in my life." Her reserved character confused Bingley to whether or not she had feelings for him, because she only "helped him on, as much as her nature will allow," and consequently is heart broken when Bingley and family leave Netherfield to go to London. The second eldest daughter is Elizabeth, often referred to as Lizzy. She is two years younger than Jane, and therefore 20 years old. She also appears to be the prettiest secondary to Jane; "..a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow." (Mr Darcy). Lizzy is the main character of the story, and probably the most liked. The majority of the story is told through her perspective and what set's her apart from her sisters is her amiable personality. ...read more.


She had high animal spirits." Lydia is a firm favourite with her mother and Mrs. Bennet often shows preference towards her, I believe this is because they are most alike- empty-headed. "Nor half so good-humoured as Lydia," "Lydia, my love..." She is loud and doesn't know how to behave- "For she was a most determined talker." "Lydia was bid by her two eldest sisters to hold her tongue." All in all, I believe that the Bennet family is a pretty dysfunctional family. Mr and Mrs Bennet do not love each other anymore and are disrespectful to each other, in particular Mr Bennet. Mr Bennets ignorance towards his family has led to the two younger to be silly, which will lead to bigger problems for the family further on in the novel. Mrs Bennet probably feels lonely without her husband (when he ignores her) and therefore busies herself with her daughters, interrupting their lives. The fact that both parents have their favourites isn't particularly nice on the other three and they probably feel rejected. Mary also probably feels rejected, as Jane and Lizzy are close, as are Kitty and Lydia, and she is left with nobody. If Mr Bennet had taken more interest in his wife and daughters, or had married somebody who he loved for their personality instead of beauty, I think there would be a much more pleasant, happy family. ...read more.

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