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Pride and Predjudice-Character Study on Mrs. Bennet

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Introduction

What feelings does Jane Austen create for the reader regarding the character of Mrs. Bennet? Pride and Prejudice is a late 19th Century novel, written by Jane Austen a successful women writer of her time. Pride and Prejudice is based around the life and experiences of Mrs Bennet. To answer the question set, I will set my work out into six sections, 'hypochondriac', 'lack of social skills', 'hypocrite and contradicts herself', 'obsession with marriage', 'not very intelligent' and 'relationship with Mr Bennet'. Jane Austen makes it clear to the reader that the character of Mrs. Bennet is a hypochondriac. This is shown extremely early in the novel, this is shown when she is having a conversation with her husband and says; 'You take delight in vexing me. You have no compassion on my poor nerves.' Her hypochondriac disposition is highlighted again when she is speaking to Charlotte Lucas about Elizabeth's refusal to marry Mr Collins, she moans; '...for nobody is on my side, nobody takes part with me, I am cruelly used, nobody feels for my poor nerves.' ...read more.

Middle

Mrs Bennet is also very two-faced about Lucas and Mr Collins; she is nice to their face but can be very nasty about them behind their backs. The whole way through the novel Mrs Bennet hates Mr Darcy. This starts when he refuses to dance with Elizabeth at a ball, saying that she is not handsome enough for him. Mrs Bennet says! 'He (Darcy) is a most disagreeable horrid man, not at all worth pleasing, so high and so conceited that there was no enduring him! He walked here and he walked there fancying himself so very great! Not handsome enough to dance with! I wish you had been there, my dear, to have given one of your set downs, I quite detest the man! After she has been told that Elizabeth is marrying Mr Darcy she says 'Good gracious! Lord bless me! Only think! Dear me! Mr Darcy! Who would have thought it!' Jane Austen makes the reader realise that Mrs. ...read more.

Conclusion

Jane Austen uses this to good affect creating humour to the novel. Mrs Bennet is scared to use her brains and doesn't shut up talking. A prime example of her lack of intelligence is when her and Mr Darcy speak; she always misinterprets what he says and twists his words. 'Her mind was less difficult to develop' this is a cracking quote which describes how dumb the character of Mrs Bennet really is. Jane Austen makes it clear to the reader that the relationship between Mrs Bennet and Mr Bennet is based purely on physical attraction, which is become tiresome and financially difficult. The marriage is an illustration of what may well happen between Lydia and Wickham. Mr Bennet is an especially worldly character, while Mrs Bennet herself is very embarrassing and snobbish. It is quite simple to work out why they do not get on. During the novel Mr Bennet is having a breakdown and Mrs Bennet wants everyone to be sympathetic with her nerves, which is incredible ignorant. ...read more.

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